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I recently received Shinedown’s Amaryllis as a gift from my sister overseas. I listened to the album about 3 times a day for more than a week. Brent Smith’s vocals are incomparable, his voice is so strong and powerful.
“Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville Florida, formed in 2002 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few line-up changes followed, and the band’s current line-up consists of Smith and Kerch, the band’s only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers and bassist and pianist Eric Bass.” (Insert from Wkipedia)
The album Amaryllis is loud in your face and holds nothing back. It kicks off with the fast-paced Adrenaline, then into the powerful Bully a song that is meant to uplift victims of bullies, Amaryllis is next which is a touching and emotional song about that something/someone special in your life. Unity is about empathy for your fellow human beings and helping others as best you can. Enemies in my mind is about selfish people who never think of others and that there are consequences for their actions. I’m Not Alright is such a beatifully twisted song, the lyrics are dark, yet the start of the song sounds almost like a ballad. The meaning of the song to me is that everyone has quirks and weird habits and that you should be content with that.
Nowhere Kids is about the materialistic society we currently live in and how there is an emptiness beneath the glamour and the glitz. Miracle is about a person that is always there for you and a person who believes in you. I’ll Follow You is certainly one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, its about unconditional love and how you will do anything for someone you love. It is such a powerful song and touches me deeply whenever I listen to it. For My Sake is about someone in your life having a negative impact on your well-being and in order to protect yourself you have to distance yourself from that person. My Name (Wearing Me Out) is about someone always putting you down and how you should rise above that hate and ignore them. Through The Ghost is about about rediscovering yourself and getting your life back on track.
Shinedown is one of my favourite rock bands and individually they are solid, charismatic and decent people. Brent Smith has battled drug addiction and recently he lost weight as well. I really look up to him as a role model and I admire him a lot.
Shinedown is currently on tour and might be on their way to your home country, so keep a lookout for their tour dates that are posted on their official website. http://www.shinedown.com/
You can follow Shinedown’s Fanpage on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ShinedownsNationII) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/Shinedown_Fans) and their blog on WordPress (http://shinedownsnation.com/)for updates, news and photographs.
If you’re interested in connecting with the band members on Twitter, here are their individual accounts:
and here is Shinedown’s official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/#!/Shinedown