Brent Smith reveals which Shinedown song represents everything the band is about

The cord off Shine down hits are plentiful and the list of meaningful songs goes even deeper than that. But during a recent feature with Metal hammer talks about his life through 10 songs, front man Brent Smith revealed the track that he feels best represents what Shinedown is all about.

That song would be “Sound of Madness”.

“I’ve been asked more times than I can count, ‘if you only had one song that could encompass what Shinedown is, what would it be? It would be ‘Sound of Madness,'” the singer said.

I made the sound of madness / wrote the book of pain / somehow I’m still here to explain,Smith says, pointing to a passage in the song. “[That to me] is what me and this band represent: don’t give up. Accept failure, but don’t live in it. Find the next step, platform or path. Whatever the world means to you, are you willing to die for it? Because I am.”

“The Sound of Madness” also struck enough of a chord with Smith that it served as the title of the band’s third and most successful studio album. Released in 2008, the record yielded five major singles, the sixth of which came from the deluxe edition of the record.

As for the “Sound of Madness” song, it was released as the third single from the album in February 2009. The track hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Rock and Alternative Songs chart. It has also been certified in the US as a platinum selling single.

To see more of Smith’s reflections on his music, check out Metal Hammer’s My Life in 10 Songs feature with the singer here.

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