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)
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.
Dye Hard: Occasionally, lead singer Brent Smith will dye his hair bright freaking red. Not ginger (i.e. the 'red' that occurs in nature.) RED.
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.
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.
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.
One-Hit Wonder: "Second Chance," their #7 hit from 2009. Their follow up song, "If You Only Knew," was at #42, about to crack the top 40 in January 2010. It was getting strong airplay, but was being offset by very low digital sales. Then, the song started to peak, and it got stuck in the 40s for about two months before falling off. And that was their last chance, as pop radio completely shut the door on rock bands about a few months later.
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.
"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.