It has been ten years since The Sound of Madness well and truly smashed Shinedown through the glass ceiling into the higher echelons of mainstream, modern Rock. A perfect storm of energetic heavy, alternative Rock riffing with a distinctive edge and a series of absolutely huge songs, all headed up by a top tier vocalist, Brent Smith, whose earnest lyrics and distinctive delivery helped set the band apart. Amaryllis kept things ticking over, adding more anthems to the live set, as the band headed into Threat To Survival (all Atlantic) on a high, and ready to diversify.
Shinedown has now confirmed that their sixth studio album, Attention Attention, will be released on May 4th via Atlantic Records. Continue reading
WOW – and then I leaned back! What an opener. The beginning riffs of Terra Damnata (SOM – Underground Activist) are quite unexpected. It’s loud and bombastic. Nightbringer meant to get on the front foot with their fifth offering, and I dare say they did. Everything but the kitchen sink is thrown at my head for ‘As Wolves Amongst Ruins’. It’s bombastic. It’s loud. It’s evil. It’s discordant. It’s scary. Keep in mind, this is the first song. There can be no mistaking that this is indeed a heavy Black Metal album. Continue reading