Sound — 10
"The Sound Of Madness" is the third album the band Jaksonville, Shinedown. This album, as suggests its title, is a true and proper revolution of the band, as the "madness" mentioned in the title, refers to the different musical approach of this album, just to hear songs such as the first single extract "Devour" Or the same as "The Sound Of Madness "or as "Cry For Help" or "Sin With A Grin" or "Sweet Tooth Cynaide Suicide", all songs with powerful, frenetic and" crazy "riffs, that the band in his previous albums had never done. However, the Shinedown have not completely abandoned their origins, but have kept very close to them, so we have beautiful songs like "The Crow and Butterfly", "Second Chance", "What a Shame," "If You Only Knew", "Breaking Inside" and "Call Me", all songs worthy of being written by Shinedown, corresponding perfectly the essence that made him become what are today. This innovation in their sound was accompanied by a heavy change of the members of the band from their latest album "Us and Them", first, Brad Stewart (Bass Guitar) leaves the band in 2007, then a few months before the release of "The Sound of Madness" Jasin Todd (lead guitarist) is hounded by the band (I was bad for 2 weeks when I heard this story), and finally the final formation of the band is Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitar), Nick Perri (lead guitar, ex-Silvertide) and Eric Bass (bass guitar). Finally I can say that I was pleasantly surprised in listening to this album, because after listening to the first 2 songs, I said "I bought the wrong album, these are not them, but playing awesome!" Then after listening to complete the album I said "They are the ones! And they are also improved, this album is a kick in the ass! Is varied, is played and sung well, great lyrics, perfect!" I conclude by saying that "The Sound Of Madness" was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of recent times, a band that knows how to maintain and improve their musical origins, and also include excellent innovations, would not you ever expected, is very rare in current metal scene. A good test for Shinedown, excellent album, perhaps the best album that the band has done, although I'm not sure because I'm still madly in love with "Leave a Whisper".
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in "The Sound Of Madness" are simply awesome. The lyrics do not speak all the same topic, but talk about various topics, from the first song "Devour" which was written by the band immediately after their trip to Iraq, and therefore, speaks about war, with which the band wants send a message "Nobody! Nobody! Nobody wants a war like this!" Other songs deal with completely different topics, like "Call Me", "Second Chance", "If You Only Knew" talking about interpersonal relationships and emotional experiences of the band, or songs like "Sound Of Madness" "Cry For Help" and "Suicide Cynaide Sweet Tooth" dealing with the disease present in today's society. Needless to say, Brent Smith wrote and interpreted these songs in ways perfect.
Overall Impression — 9
"The Sound Of Madness" is maybe the best album of the band of Jacksonville, in my opinion certainly better than "Us And Them", even if it lacks a song as "Lady so Divine", but I cannot say that it is better than "Leave a Whisper", because, as I said earlier, are still enamoured of their first album. I conclude my review, advising all those who put their eyes on this site, going to buy this album, truly unmissable. For fans of Shinedown I not say anything, so I know who have already bought the album or are going to buy at this time. Then listen to this album, it will not disappoint your expectations.