Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.5): Featuring Rush, Shinedown, Storm Corrosion, H.E.A.T. and more…
2. Shinedown – Amaryllis
Huge at home in America, where their previous album (2008’s The Sound Of Madness) sold more than a million copies, Shinedown are often erroneously labelled as an alternative rock band.
In fact, anthems such as Adrenalin and the walloping Bully see the Floridians kicking serious quantities of ass. Crucially, they’re also capable of penning some of the swoon-inducing power-ballads you’ll ever hear (Second Chance from TSOM being a prime example).
The addition of a string section to various selections from their fourth studio album made Shinedown sound sweeter and more sumptuous than ever before. Following a triumphant Download slot and with a UK tour in October/November, watch out as they ‘do an Alter Bridge’ by creeping up on the inside rail to fill our biggest venues.