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The Sound of Madness

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Shinedown's highly anticipated third album, The Sound Of Madness, opens with lead single "Devour." Its heavy onslaught of ripping guitars and relentless drums would not sound out of place on a Guitar Hero soundtrack. Of the album, frontman Brent Smith says "in the seven years of this thing called Shinedown, I've seen a lot of different things - what we've all gone through on teh road, things in our personal lives or witnessed firsthand through the fans that we've made and the relationships we've built with our audience." Their face-melting rock comes as no surprise, considering that the band hails from sultry Jacksonville, Florida.


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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0017I1FO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Stuetzle on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of this band since I first heard "Fly From the Inside" on the radio, and still hope that "Us and Them" goes platinum one day like "Leave a Whisper" did. I have been highly anticipating this album since I heard Devour for the first time on the radio. The whole time I was listening to it, the thought "This band seems familiar" kept running through my head. I googled the lyrics and thought, "Yeah, that makes sense...it was a great song."

This album is phenomenal. I don't know why I was surprised, Shinedown has never disappointed. True, "Us and Them" has some songs I tend to skip over (What were they thinking with "Atmosphere"?), but all in all it's an awesome album that I've listened to hundreds of times through.

Once again, they have changed their sound. While their first album was calculated with meticulous attention to detail, chord progressions, lyrical content, and a passionate singing style, and heavy overall, and their second album was much more radio friendly while still maintaining a truth and vitality that is lacking in much of today's music, with several ballads that blow you away whenever you hear them, this album breaks through new boundaries.

It is true that much of the album is radio friendly, but in this case that's a positive thing. They aren't going anywhere for a while, which is good. However, they've brought back much of the musical aptitude that was missing on their second album and combined it with some interesting choices as far as melody are concerned. Let's break down the songs, one by one.

1 - Devour (9/10): This song kicks off the album with intensity.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Fly Guy on June 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is easily my favorite of the three Shinedown releases. I really liked Leave a Whisper, I accepted Us and Them for what it was, but THIS.....THIS is what I hoped for from Shinedown. The musicianship, the lyrics, the passion with which they're sung....it's all here. And, the more I listen to it, the more I like it. If you even only partly liked Leave a Whisper, you will LOVE this album. I've not taken it out of the player since I got it, and I get bored with music pretty easily.

I missed them when they were on tour last time....and I'm not going to make that same mistake again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hickman on June 26, 2008
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Compared to the two previous albums by this Jacksonville group, "The Sound of Madness" provides a much darker and evolved sound that really keeps the Shinedown faithful on their toes! I know that when I first heard this CD, not all the tracks caught my attention right away but the ones that did (The Crow and The Butterfly, Devour, Breaking Inside) really gave a different sound then what I expected! If you're the kind of person that thrives on consistency between albums than you are probably going to be disappointed but the new smell of this album, with Brent's high pitched vocals, and his undeniable energy as a singer, which really engages your listening ears! I have had this CD in the CD player of my car ever since I purchased it Tuesday and have no thoughts of removing it.

There are slower songs like Call Me, Second Chance, and What A Shame, that are more powerful in lyrics and melody than anything else Shinedown has produced, which reflects the total makeup of this album, as it is a little slower in pace compared to previous albums.

For anyone that refuses to acknowledge the quality of this album because of commercial appeal, well then you need to take a second look at why music is made...to entertain and appease! Just because some good rock music is popular is not necessarily a bad thing, especially for the popularity of the band.

On a final note, I highly recommend that you go out and pick this one up because there is a certain "Sound of Madness" that rings through this disc and you should thoroughly enjoy it, especially loyal Shinedown fans!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christiane K. on September 6, 2009
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I've heard the song "Sound of Madness" on the radio the other day and had decided to check out the cd when I get home. Thanks to amazon.com cd sampler, I realized that I knew quite a few songs on it. Now that I've got the cd in my car cd player, it can repeat itself and I don't even have to skip a song. I sometimes rotate my cd selection in the car, but this one is being added to my permanent stock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith Bennett on July 14, 2009
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I have been listening to Shinedown since 2003 when they were working the local scene in Florida and just making a ripple in the Modern Rock pool (or should I say ocean?) with Leave A Whisper. Well, I was highly anticipating their 3rd release, "The Sound of Madness" and even with the high expectations I had, Shinedown was able to deliver an album that impressed me even more than LAW. This disc is fuller, and has a much better sound quality to it than either of their previous records, and that translates into a smoother, more polished finish. It's unfortunate the limited fan club release is no longer available as the three bonus tracks alone made it worth buying the entire album.

But even this "basic" album is near flawless, when you can say the first single (Devour) is likely the weakest song on the entire record, you know its hitting on all cylinders. I am very excited for the band that they have finally hit on the recognition they have always deserved, and cannot wait for whatever they do next. This album is a definite must have for ANYBODY.
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