Sunday 11/14/21 7pm ET: Feature LP: Shinedown – The Sound of Madness (2008 / 2010)

The Sound of Madness is the third studio album by American rock band Shinedown, released June 24, 2008. The album’s lead single, “Devour”, was released to radio on May 5, 2008. It is the first album to feature Eric Bass and Zach Myers and the only album to feature Nick Perri and the band as a five piece.

The album’s lyrics explore diverse subject matter as opposed to their previous albums; “Devour” ventures into political territory while “What a Shame” tells a story about lead singer Brent Smith’s uncle, who died during the recording of the album, and how Brent and his cousin, professional wrestler Olivia Smith, dealt with his death. The song “If You Only Knew”, which is about Smith’s then-fiancé and newborn child, was the first time that he had written a love ballad for Shinedown.

Shinedown’s tour to support the album subsequently started with the band playing a few festival shows before the release of The Sound of Madness.

The Sound of Madness is Shinedown’s most successful album, and has issued one multi-platinum single (“Second Chance”), one platinum single (“If You Only Knew”), as well as all other singles going gold. The album has since been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA in 2016 for shipments over 2,000,000 copies.

  1. “Devour” 3:50
  2. “Sound of Madness” 3:54
  3. “Second Chance” 3:40
  4. “Cry for Help” 3:20
  5. “The Crow & the Butterfly” 4:13
  6. “If You Only Knew” 3:46
  7. “Sin with a Grin” 4:00
  8. “What a Shame” 4:18
  9. “Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide” 3:11
  10. “Breaking Inside” 3:51
  11. “Call Me” 3:43
  12. “Energy” 3:28
  13. “Son of Sam” 3:38
  14. “I Own You” 3:37
  15. “Junkies for Fame” 3:26
  16. “Second Chance” (acoustic version) 3:40
  17. “The Crow & the Butterfly (Pull Mix)” 5:27
  18. “Her Name Is Alice” 3:50
  19. “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” 5:36
  20. “Breaking Inside” (featuring Lzzy Hale) 3:49

Brent Smith – lead vocals
Zach Myers – rhythm guitar
Nick Perri – lead guitar
Eric Bass – bass
Barry Kerch – drums
Chris Chaney – bass
Tim Pierce – rhythm guitar
Dave Bassett – rhythm guitar
Bobby Huff – rhythm guitar and keyboards on “Breaking Inside”
Dale Oliver – guitar on “Breaking Inside”
Rob Cavallo – rhythm guitar and piano on “Call Me”
David Campbell – string arrangements and orchestration
Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
Lzzy Hale – guest vocals on 2010 deluxe re-issue version of “Breaking Inside”