Shinedown
Amaryllis


4.0
excellent

Review

by mark sammut USER (37 Reviews)
March 21st, 2012 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shinedown come back angrier than ever.

Brent Smith’s Shinedown have received a fair amount of criticism in recent years. After a fairly heavy, musically and at times lyrically, debut album Shinedown decided to take a softer route for their follow up albums. Us & Them is an often bashed album, mainly for the complete departure the band decided to take from the first album. Instead of heavy distorted riffs, we got more melodic and bluesy ones. Their sophomore record contains some of the band’s best songs, including ‘Lady So Devine’ and ‘Beyond the Sun’, but at least half the album could be classified as filler.

Sound of Madness is viewed in a more positive light, even though as an overall album it’s by far Shinedown softest and most pop influenced album. ‘What A Shame’ is the highlight from the album, mixing brilliant lyrics, a catchy and emotional chorus and an interesting enough musical arrangement. As the wait for the band’s fourth release Amaryllis began, Shinedown decided to ease the fans pain by releasing a couple of individual song. ‘Diamond Eyes’ showed an aggressive side which had really been shown since their debut release.

Amaryllis is by far Shinedown’s heaviest release. Despite that Smith’s vocals remain consistent and powerful, and also the melodies are still there. ‘Bully’ and ‘Unity’ were released as lead singles, and they give a decent enough representation of the album, even though they are two of the weaker tracks here. ‘Bully’ has some relatable lyrics, even though at times the song feels like it’s trying too hard. The two lead single shows the structure for most of the album, with half of the tracks being just heavy songs that never really let down and the other half being a mix of a heavy chorus and more mellow verses. ‘Unity’ has a sweet piano beat, but the lyrics are uninspired and the chorus has the dreaded lyrics of ‘Put Your Hands In the Air’, which might very well be the most over used lyrics of all time.

The best song on the album has to be ‘Enemies’. What a track! This is a song that could easily be used as a definition of hard rock. Duel riffs start us off before a heavy drum beat comes in. The guitars, for once, are highlights here with a machine gun like sound. The chorus is addictive as hell too; this could easily be a hit single. ‘Adrenaline’ is a similar song, and it opens the album with a fast drum beat before some simple but furious guitar work comes in. The chorus is catchy, if not particularly memorable. ‘Nowhere Kids’ is another highlight, another heavy track, with a particularly entertaining pre-chorus.

‘I’ll Follow You’ starts off with a nice piano intro and contains some sweet synths throughout, as Smith starts to sing about a lost love. The song picks up pace for an emotional chorus, and even contains a pretty decent melodic solo that actually for longer than five seconds. The title track is another song that tries to pull at your heart strings. It’s an acoustic driven track that also gets heavier for the chorus.
‘I’m Not Alright’ and ‘For My Sake’ are mid tempo rockers that work because both of their choruses deliver the gods. ‘My Name (Wearing Me Out)’ is an attitude filled number with some really aggressive lyrics, although they aren’t particularly impressive.

Like all of Shinedown’s albums, Amaryllis ends with a softer number. After the minimalistic ‘Call Me’, Smith and the gang decided to go for a more epic outro. The song is built around a melancholic acoustic chords and a generally grandiose feel. The song soars for the chorus, and with each repeated chorus the band aids more effects and intensity. It’s the sweetest song on the album and a suitable way to end the album.

Amaryllis seems to be Shinedown’s best album. It’s an aggressive, but still melodic release. Brent Smith’s lyrics and vocals are still the focus of the band, but the musical composition of the tracks, although still not mind-blowing, is improved on quite a bit.



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greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Decent review.

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Oathbreaker
March 21st 2012


1649 Comments


gay band

johnnydeking29
March 21st 2012


9290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hopefully will rock (Baseline, I think that's the first time we've ever agreed on something)

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


31401 Comments


http://atrl.net/forums/showthread.php?t=196856

Review can stay up

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chambered69
March 21st 2012


1253 Comments


thi8s band bloooowssssss

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2012


22025 Comments


1. Adrenaline
2. Bully
3. Amaryllis
4. Unity
5. Enemies
6. I'm Not Alright
7. Nowhere Kids

omg this is gonna suck so hard

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


31401 Comments


Dude, you enjoy a band who wrote a song called 'People=Shit'. Are you really the right guy to be pre-judging off song titles alone?

KILL
March 21st 2012


71981 Comments


lol

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Motiv3
March 21st 2012


8939 Comments


lmao

tiesthatbind
March 21st 2012


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review is decent but rushed. There's no way this is anything but their worst album though.

Giving it a listen now.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2012


22025 Comments


Dude, you enjoy a band who wrote a song called 'People=Shit'. Are you really the right guy to be pre-judging off song titles alone?

great song

iswimfast
March 21st 2012


1336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wasn't too bad, better then I was expecting. Dunno if it's better then previous stuff at this point.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


31401 Comments


That's 9 words too many Base

Gyromania
March 21st 2012


15941 Comments


I liked their last album quite a bit. "Crow and the Butterfly" is a p/ great song.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


16592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll have to get out of my funk in time to review this. I expect it to be terrible.

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tiesthatbind
March 21st 2012


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's streaming on iTunes. First impressions are 2.5-3 for me.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


28705 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol @ the smile empty soul song titles

this will rule tho

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Funeralopolis
March 21st 2012


11621 Comments


all this band will ever be to me is that band that had that second chance song.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


28705 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

probs cuz youre a cas music faggot who never heard fly from the inside

Funeralopolis
March 21st 2012


11621 Comments


more than likely yea.



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