Devour [Single] Review

artist: Shinedown date: 05/07/2008 category: compact discs
Shinedown: Devour [Single]
Release Date: May 5, 2008
Label: Atlantic Records
Genres: Alternative Metal
Number Of Tracks: 1
The song was released as the first single in promotion of the band's third studio album, "The Sound Of Madness".
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.7
Devour [Single] Reviewed by: Dischorus, on may 07, 2008
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Sound: This song implocates the more heavy, modern Shinedown we all know. You don't exactly get that old-school vibe you got in the majority of "Us And Them" in this one song. Which isn't bad, just kind of a letdown for those of you expecting a guitar solo like the one in "Save Me". Well, you won't find a guiar solo in the lead representative of their third effort "The Sound of Madness". Instead, you will find a more elevative, dark thematic sound just as Brent Smith (Frontman) described when describing the sound of the new album. The song was about a visit the band made overseas and they're experiences through it. It's definitely not a letdown, this song will not do anything less than topping rack charts nationwide. // 9

Lyrics: Brent has a reputation of being very outward and blunt with his lyrics, and this song is proof, provided you read the lyrics or listen to them. As stated before, the lyrics of this song revolve around the visit the band made to Iraq and how it effected they're view and themselves in general. Political? Yes, very much so. Brent Smith stated, on behalf of the song, that he would like to sit down and discuss "Devour" with President George W. Bush. One thing you can say for sure about Shinedown, is that the vocals are what truely stand out in the band, and that Brent is on a different level than the rest of the band. But in this single, he's only meteoker and doesn't really express the wide vocal range he has. Which is thoroughly dissapointing. Brent could have done a lot more. // 8

Overall Impression: Brent told Billboard that this album would be on a completely different level and that he wanted to go beyond what any human being could ever do. He, and the band, don't exactly live up to the hype they set forth. It's a good hard rock hit that will surely top Radio Airplay, but it's nothing really new. It's different from other Shinedown material, but it's not supernaturally amazing as they defined the album it's going to be on. Maybe the album is completely different, but the lead single is suppose to represent the album and push the promotion of it. If they're setting for an intense rock record, they did a poor job picking the lead single. However, I can't completely bash "Devour", as it is still a good, fast, hard rock single that will continue to bring sweat maintream and modern rock just as they've done before. The song only makes me more anxious as to what more is on the album. // 9

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