This week marks the anniversary of the debut album, “Leave A Whisper,” from Shinedown. Let’s take a look at 5 ways the Shinedown Debut album rocks hard! 

When I first heard of Brent Smith and company I didn’t know what to expect.  The long-haired, charismatic frontman definitely had/has pipes, it was clear to anyone who heard their first single to promote the album, “Fly From The Inside.”  Brent showed off his chops right away and the rest of the band sounded super tight on that first listen as well.

To this day, we love Shinedown partially because they shake things up a bit.  You don’t know exactly what you’re going to get from album to album or even song to song.  It may be a ballad.  It might contain odd or unique sounds and instruments.  It might be an upbeat in-your-face rocker.  Whatever you get, you know the band’s heart is in it and it’s fueled by a love of what they do.

Not to mention the fact that they love radio and know how to write a hit.  They’re constantly churning out, big, monstrous songs that rock radio eats up!  It’s like they’ve found the technique and aren’t letting up.  That isn’t to say they don’t take chances. I mean look at their concept album “Attention, Attention.”  Or how about some of the emotional lyrics they’ve been able to write over the last few years with the latest example being “A Symptom of Being Human.”

Plus, live in concert?  They just know how to bring it.  Every.  Single.  Time.  It’s actually crazy that a band could sound that good any time you see them.  They are powerful, play the hits, and blow you away with their energy.  And it all started with “Leave A Whisper” all the way back in 2003.

Here are 5 ways the Shinedown Debut album Rocks hard!


    They slow down the pace, but still rock hard. Haven’t we all felt lost in the crowd at moments? they’re lyrics are always accessible and you can feel that emotion.



    Love this simple guitar riff that kicks off the song.  It’s got a really intriguing vibe.  And Brent brings those awesome vocals!! We all want to be a better version of ourselves.




    It brings a country twang as it starts up.  Brent gives us a big verse.  Then of course we get an even bigger chorus.  It’s awesome and really hard rockin’!!

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    This one is heartbreaking, but still so powerful.   A very enormous chorus you can’t help but sing along to.  Despite the dark lyrics.


    I love the drums on this one.  And when everything comes together, it’s next level!  A song that sounds exciting and of course about a girl.  LOL!

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