Shinedown is a hard rock band originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 2001, they first made their impact with an acoustic cover of [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Simple Man"]], and ballooned in popularity from there. They have released four albums, and are currently working on a fifth and a new movie.
They contributed songs to the soundtracks of ''Film/TheExpendables'', ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' (the 2010 movie), and ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* ''Leave a Whisper'' (2003)
* ''Us and Them'' (2005)
* ''The Sound of Madness'' (2008)
* ''Amaryllis'' (2012)
!!This band's music provide examples of:
* AlbumFiller: Averted to a massive extent, at least as of four albums into their career. Even their (largely hitless) sophomore album shows a genuine effort with every track.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Just look at that guy's hair.
* BreakupSong: So many, you guys. So many. "Breaking Inside", "If You Only Knew", "Call Me", and on and on.
* CoverVersion: Their first major hit was a cover of Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's "Simple Man".
* DespairEventHorizon: The lyrics of "45" tell of a young man crossing over this, and having to deal with the resulting pain.
* DrugsAreBad: "Save Me" is sung from the viewpoint of a drug addict begging for help.
* DyingAlone: The predicted karmic fate of TheBully in "Bully".
* GriefSong: A specialty of the band. The most straightfoward example is probably "Crow and the Butterfly," but there are a ton of examples of the "bad breakup" variety including "If You Only Knew" and "Call Me" just to name a couple.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lead singer Brent Smith and lead guitarist Zach Myers.
* IHaveYourWife: The music video for "Sound of Madness" features a kidnapped little girl, who is being held for ransom. She's later rescued by an unrelated person [[spoiler:who is implied to routinely track down and rescue kidnapped victims as a hobby/second job.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: "Bully" proclaims this to follow the song's bully as a result of his actions.
* LonelyPianoPiece: Several examples, most notably "Call Me" off of ''The Sound of Madness.'' It's a particularly sad piece, even for the album it comes from, about a man who has been kicked out of his lover's life and finds himself wondering how it got that way.
* MetalScream: More common earlier in their career, but Brent Smith can still let out a window-pane-rattling blast when he needs to. Maybe the best examples come from "Fly From the Inside" off of ''Leave a Whisper'' or "Enemies" off of ''Amaryllis.''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Hard 7 throughout the entire career. Ballads can go as low as 3, and their heavier material rank at about an 8.
* NewSoundAlbum: Not a huge departure, exactly, but ''Amaryllis'' has a more hopeful and bright sound than the three albums that come before it. Compare to their previous platinum-selling album, ''The Sound of Madness,'' which contained several grief and breakup songs. ''Amaryllis'' actually has a couple of love songs on it, and people have actually danced to [[PowerBallad "I'll Follow You"]] at their weddings.
* PlayingTheHeartStrings: "Crow and the Butterfly" from ''The Sound of Madness,'' a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] piece about a mother trying to move on after the death of her son.
* PowerBallad: "I'll Follow You". It is ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome glorious.]]''
* PrecisionFStrike: "Nowhere Kids" and "My Name (Wearing Me Out)", both on ''Amaryllis'', have examples of this. So does "Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide" from ''The Sound of Madness''
* QuarrelingSong: "Enemies" from ''Amaryllis'' is a big intra-band argument about their odds of success now that they have a platinum album. The music video takes this to absurd lengths with the band ''beating'' the ''shit'' out of each other.
* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "Bully" is a nontraditional example, urging the bullied to band together and outnumber the bullies of the world and predicting a lonely death for the villains of the piece.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: The entire song "Sound of Madness" is sung from the point of view of one.
--> "You can sleep with a gun/but when you gonna wake up and fight/for yourself"
* SongsOfSolace: One of the band's specialties. Probably half of their major hits are breakup songs. A less straightforward example is "Bully" off of ''Amaryllis'' which is meant to be an anthem for those who have been victimized by bullying.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: These guys are equally legendary for both their high-energy rock songs and their tender songs about grief or love. It can create some MoodWhiplash when listening to their albums straight through, going from "The Sound of Madness" right into "Second Chance", or from "My Name (Wearing Me Out)" into "Through the Ghost".
* TitleTrack: "Sound of Madness" for ''The Sound of Madness'', more or less.
** "Amaryllis" from ''Amaryllis.'' ''Leave a Whisper'' was supposed to have a song entitled "Leave a Whisper," but it was scrapped. It can be found on the deluxe edition, though.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The [[AnAesop aesop]] of "Second Chance" is to reject these and forge your own path.
* WordSaladLyrics: The chorus of "Begin Again":
-->They burned an image from lines on my face
-->They stole it from the pages that kept my place
-->I stand on the outside and die to get in
-->I'll crawl inside just to begin again