Chase Charaba, Online & Social Media Manager
In the years since rock band Shinedown’s last album, Amaryllis, in 2012, the band has changed their sound to cater for success on the disappointing new album, Threat to Survival, released Sept.18.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Shinedown has always experimented and adapted to the times in order to remain relevant to their fans and the general rock audience.
Opening the album is Asking For It, a track that sounds too much like every other band. It has elements that mimic the Foo Fighters, and others that are close to Imagine Dragons. This isn’t the Shinedown that fans have grown to love.
Cut the Cord served as the album’s lead single and reached number one on the Mainstream Rock Charts according to Billboard’s website. The song is aggressive with a loud chorus and plenty of piercing vocals by Brent Smith. Cut the Cord is the standout track.
The album’s third song, State of My Head, practically denounces Shinedown as a post-grunge band and focuses instead on rap-like background piano riffs, modern pop-rock synthesizers and an Imagine Dragons-esque chorus.
The middle of the album is full of filler-tracks. Outcast, How Did You Love and It All Adds Up suffer from having no emotion or energy.They come across as a flat attempt at a hit song, with the latter’s chorus similar to the Offspring’s Coming For You.
Oblivion and Dangerous sound like the Shinedown fans have come to know and love with soft verses and powerful choruses. They have a hint of aggression and attack that will have fans going crazy.
Thick as Thieves is the worst song on the album. It’s slow, boring and lifeless, although it’s filled with emotion and meaning. The electronic orchestral background and typical pop “whoas” after the chorus don’t help.
Once again Shinedown experiments with their inner Imagine Dragons on Black Cadillac, although they play the game better. Some of the lyrics are sung like tracks from their hit album Sound of Madness, which may be the reason for the song’s high digital sales.
The album closes with Misfits, an ill-fitting ballad about never fitting in that sums up the album of a whole: it just doesn’t fit in with Shinedown’s back catalog.
Threat to Survival is Shinedown’s most personal and emotionally-crafted album yet, but it fails to deliver.
Standout tracks: Cut the Cord, Oblivion and Dangerous
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