ALBUM TITLE                 :        THREATS TO SURVIVAL

ARTIST                              :        SHINEDOWN

GENRE                               :        HARD ROCK

DATE RELEASED             :        2015


If you are expecting hard rock music that will hurt your ears, you might be in for a huge disappointment.  If you want lyrics that are as hard rock as Led Zeppelin’s lyrics, then another disappointment is store for you.  Thus, the band was right when they objected that they should not be categorized as hard rock band but purely a rock and roll band.  The whole vibe of this album is one big proof of this notion.

Listen to “State Of My Mind” here

The first song “Asking For It” might have a hard rock intro and music however, the lyrics were not the usual stuff even rock music would dwell into.  With lyrics like

“Careful what you say and who you say it, who you say it to
Careful what you say and who you say it to
Maybe you talk too much
And you were asking for it, asking for it, asking
You can blame bad luck”

you might be probably wondering if you are listening to a Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato songs.  Fortunately, the second song “CutThe Cord” has lyrics worthy of a rock and roll song.  Take a look at this words; “let me tell you, I’m vicious; Not passive-aggressive; I got my finger on my pulse; Staring straight into a hole; And I get it; And I’m savage.”

Listen to “Cut The Chord” in here

The rock track “State Of My Head” started like a Red Hot Chili Pepper like track but the vocal performance and style is quite similar with that of an Imagine Dragon track.  The band started doing hard rock stuff (more or less) with “Outcast.” It is also right if this band is categorized as grunge rock after you listen to “How Did You Love.”  It is like a Pearl Jam meets Nirvana sound. To prove that they are indeed rock and roll, “It All Adds Up” is performed like Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start The Fire” rock version.

Listen to “Outcast” here

Shinedown also showed in this record that they have an arsenal of songs that would really sound good live such as “Oblivion.” Audiences would really head bang on this music once heard live. “Dangerous” is like a classic rock song that you heard from 70’s rock band.  The band can also do rock ballads the way Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and Bad English did; “Thick As Thieves”  and “Black Cadillac” are good slow rock ballad tracks. The album closed with a rock track “Misfits” that will make their fans clamor for a lyric video so that they can sing along to it.

Listen to “Misfits” here

Clearly, this album is not a threat to their survival as rock music band.  It has solid sound though not really hard rock but the vibe is as good as other alternative rock bands are offering right now.  Thus, this album deserves a 3.5 star rating.


Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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