The album Threat to Survival is Shinedown’s continuation of great studio albums, starting back in 2008 with The Sound of Madness their latest offering continues the trend and shows the Jacksonville 4 piece are by no means done.
Threat to Survival is the 5th studio album by Shinedown and is brilliant. The boys have taken all they have learnt over the years and continue to shine (excuse the pun) with yet another strong release. 'Cut the Cord' was the first single off the record before its release and found plenty of air time due to its catchy chorus and killer riffs.
The second single was the more slow and easy listening track 'Black Cadillac' with its deep lyrics and again great instrumental work. These two polar opposites of songs showcased what Shinedown can do and really helped hype up the forthcoming record.
Released globally on the 18th of September, the album contained some standout songs including the two singles released and mentioned earlier. 'State of my Mind' is one of the early track listings that sticks out with its easy on the ear lyrics and beat driven sound. The hard-hitting and forceful 'Outcast' is another standout track and shows the band intends to last the test of time and will never give up. Finally 'Thick as Thieves' really shines out as an emotionally driven song heavy with meaningful lyrics echoing long lost lovers, it’s hard not to let your mind wander back over the years.
To sum up, Shinedown has released a huge follow up to 2012’s Amaryllis and this album ticks all the boxes for me. Not once did I ever want to skip over any track, each kept me hooked from start to finish and wanting more.
Each of the eleven tracks is its own story to be heard and enjoyed. The boys from Jacksonville have done it again and don’t look like slowing down, I can’t wait for them to come back to London before heading to the studio for another massive release. Top work boys.