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SHINEDOWN - THREAT TO SURVIVAL - ALBUM REVIEW

Atlantic Records | Release Date: September 18 2015

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Shinedown has always had the knack of writing a killer song and somehow manage to appeal to old rockers and new alike. ‘Asking for it’ the first track from their latest release ‘Threat to Survival’ is on one hand typical Shinedown and yet on another level it’s almost as if their template sound has been upped to symphonic levels. It’s a great song and works well against the coarser Rock and bluster of ‘Cut the Cord’ that backs it up.


If you like Shinedown then you’re safe, this is good, but it’s also different. If you’ve been following the band since the days of the classic ‘Leave A Whisper’ then you’ll know they’ve evolved and whilst we never may see an album like that from them this days, this is heading in the right direction. I must admit I thought we’d lost them after ‘Amaryllis’ which sounded like a once great band losing confidence and starting to sound like everyone else out there.


‘Threat to Survival’ has it all really for the modern Rock fan – great arm wavers, big sounds and crunchy choruses, if it lacks anything it’s the Southern flavour and at times subtleness of their early work. Sadly at times it does also stray into poppier waters – like on ‘State of my Head’ and especially ‘How Did You Love’ sounding rather cynically constructed. The rockers though save the day thankfully with that opening pair probably the best out of the box.


Best of all though are perhaps the pair of songs that scratch back the layers of slick production a little and add a bit of grit. First there’s ‘It All Adds Up’ which rides a bluesy groove and gets back to basics before exploding in trademark style, then there’s  ‘Black Cadilac’ which is the best song here and perfect Shinedown, a nice build, crashing music and huge towering chorus.  Why not even throw in the retro swagger of ‘Oblivion’ for good measure, great atmospherics and a huge riff to ride!


All in all this isn’t my favourite record the band has put out, and to be honest the pop does grate a little too much, but hey these boys gotta eat! (Just not on our watch!) It’s a step forward from ‘Amaryllis’ and has some fine moments.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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