Shinedown is a hard rock band originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 2001, they first made their impact with an acoustic cover of "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 The Expendables
, Alice in Wonderland
(the 2010 movie), and The Avengers
- Leave a Whisper (2003)
- Us and Them (2005)
- The Sound of Madness (2008)
- Amaryllis (2012)
This band's music provide examples of:
- Album Filler: 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.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Just look at that guy's hair.
- Breakup Song: So many, you guys. So many. "Breaking Inside," "If You Only Knew," "Call Me," and on and on.
- Cover Version: Their first major hit was a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man."
- Despair Event Horizon: The lyrics of "45" tell of a young man crossing over this, and having to deal with the resulting pain.
- Drugs Are Bad: "Save Me" is sung from the viewpoint of a drug addict begging for help.
- Dying Alone: The predicted karmic fate of The Bully in "Bully".
- Grief Song: 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lead singer Brent Smith and lead guitarist Zach Myers.
- The fanbase calls their bromance Brach Smyers.
- I Have Your Wife: 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 who is implied to routinely track down and rescue kidnapped victims as a hobby/second job.
- Laser-Guided Karma: "Bully" proclaims this to follow the song's bully as a result of his actions.
- Lonely Piano Piece: 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.
- Metal Scream: 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.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 7 throughout the entire career. Ballads can go as low as 3, and their heavier material rank at about an 8.
- New Sound Album: 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 "I'll Follow You" at their weddings.
- Playing the Heart Strings: "Crow and the Butterfly" from The Sound of Madness, a heartbreaking piece about a mother trying to move on after the death of her son.
- Power Ballad: "I'll Follow You". It is glorious.
- Precision F-Strike: "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
- Quarreling Song: "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.
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "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.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: 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"
- Songs of Solace: 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.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: These guys are equally legendary for both their high-energy rock songs and their tender songs about grief or love. It can create some Mood Whiplash 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".
- Title Track: "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.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The aesop of "Second Chance" is to reject these and forge your own path.
- Word Salad Lyrics: 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