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Review: Shinedown – Amaryllis (Album)

Check out what HTF thought of Shinedown’s latest album ‘Amaryllis’ here!

Band: Shinedown
Release: Amaryllis
Release Date: 27th March 2012

After Shinedown’s last album ‘Sound Of Madness’ scored high marks from critics across the board, four years on, the band have announced the release of a new album titled ‘Amaryllis.’ The general tone of this album is fairly similar to ‘Sound Of Madness’ although there are some very obvious differences.

Amaryllis’ experiments with keys, orchestras, choirs and there is even a folk-like mandolin in there somewhere. The power ballads are a lot more powerful, the anthems are more anthemic and it is clear that Shinedown are thinking bigger, better and louder.

The album kicks off raunchier than ever with the first track ‘Adrenalin’, which resembles a similar style to Rev Theory, Avenged Sevenfold, Burn Halo and just a little bit of Nickelback. It then gets even louder when second track on the album kicks in with ‘Bully.’ Although their style has somewhat changed, the generic anthemic choruses are still evident throughout the album. They have experimented with gang vocals and a choir of children shouting the lyrics, which adds an epic and climatic effect.

‘Amaryllis’ and ‘I’ll Follow You’ are the two ballads on the album, and are more powerful and breathe taking than songs such as ‘Second Chance’ and ‘Breaking Inside’ from ‘Sounds Of Madness’. The experimental side really opens up in ‘Unity’ as the piano’s and orchestra come alive.

‘Enemies’ and ‘Nowhere Kids’ are the heaviest songs on the album, with sounds similar to Sixx AM, Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold.  Then the experimenting comes back again with ‘I’m Not Alright’ which has a kind of folky intro, with a mandolin playing in the background, or at least it sounded like one!

The final track ‘Through The Ghost’ goes out with a bang as the bells chime and the acoustic guitars come out. The orchestra plays one last time.

If you liked ‘Sound Of Madness’, you will like ‘Amaryllis,’ as both albums offer nothing but beautifully written, raunchy hard rock. ‘Amaryllis’ hit the shelves last week, so go out and grab it while it’s hot!

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