Shinedown – “Devil” – Single Review

With Shinedown, when they release a song or an album you know what you are going to get.  They have a sound and a style that works and they don’t stray far from that formula.  With the new album coming on May 4th, ‘Attention, Attention’, Shinedown is trying to do just that…get your attention.

The album is basically a concept album  The songs will take you on a journey of a person who is starting in a very dark, ominous place and take you all the way through to the other side where this person is done battling his mind and his issues and coming out a changed person.  I love concept albums so I can’t wait to get ahold of this an take this journey.

The first single is “Devil”, which is the first song on this story through the mind.  According to Brent Smith in an interview with Billboard, he states the following:

“‘DEVIL’ is about being afraid, ‘DEVIL’ is about being terrified of not only yourself, in some respects, but the world around you, and understanding that there are so many things and so many different situations and people and places and atmospheres and exposure that human beings are put in front of on a daily basis, [and] the world can be a really difficult place to navigate. So that’s where the story starts.”

The song is heavier and darker in tone and comes at you with all the gusto it can muster.  Brent sounds great vocally and brings the anger, the fear and the despair in his vocals that is perfectly conveying the emotions of the song. Musically there is so much texture as the band has added a little bit of everything including the blazing guitars (Zach Myers), thumping bass ( Eric Bass – yes that is his name) and the pounding drums (Barry Kerch).  There is even some added choir backing vocals and some piano/synths towards the end.  The pace goes back and forth between heavy and face pounding to a little slower tempo and back to the heavy reflecting the changing emotions throughout the song.

I am going to give this song a 4.5 out 5 stars.  It is a great opening track and if the rest of the album can come close to this, then I am seeing a possible Top Rock Album of 2018 in the making or at the very least make the list.

“DEVIL”

Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up
Pick up the phone
You said it yourself you’re scared of being alone
You said it yourself that you can crack the code
But the static you hear automatically keeps you exposed on your own
I hope you’re ready, steady, smashing through the levy
The drama, the trauma, don’t play the prima donna
My God, you said it yourself that you would never stop
Until you felt the needle dropSo now you pack your bags
The party’s such a drag
And everyone can tell that you’re poisoning the well
But there are no mistakes
Except what you create
You need to know your place’Cause it’s about to get heavy
It’s about to be on
Yeah, I’m bangin’ slingin’ napalm
So nobody move
‘Cause I was sent to warn you
The devil’s in the next room

The silence, the silence
The blinding ultra violence
Knockin’ at your door
Pacin’ back and forth
What now?
The whispers and the screams
The stereotypical profiling ritual
Vicious and obscene

So now you pack your bags
The party’s such a drag
And everyone can tell that you’re poisoning the well
But there are no mistakes
Except what you create
You need to know your place

‘Cause it’s about to get heavy
It’s about to be on
Yeah, I’m bangin’ slingin’ napalm
So nobody move
‘Cause I was sent to warn you
The devil’s in the next room

‘Cause it’s about to get heavy
It’s about to be on
Yeah, I’m bangin’ slingin’ napalm
So nobody move
‘Cause I was sent to warn you
The devil’s in the next room
(Heavy, heavy, heavy)
Yeah the devil’s in the next room
(Heavy, heavy, heavy)
Yeah the devil’s in the next room
(Heavy, heavy, heavy)
So nobody move
‘Cause I was sent to warn you
The devil’s right beside you

10 thoughts on “Shinedown – “Devil” – Single Review

  1. I love your enthusiasm, man… not a band I’m familiar with and I’m not sure about the track, but the enthusiasm will likely lead to me giving this one another few listens and checking out the album.

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