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The hard rock group Shinedown, formed in 2001, rose to prominence in the 2000s for their brand of gritty rock combined with melodic embellishments, hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
In the wake of bands such as Creed and Nickelback, rock witnessed somewhat of a resurgence in the 2000s, aided later by Shinedown. Originally comprised of vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart, and drummer Barry Kersh, the band inked a recording deal with Atlantic Records soon after forming. Shinedown’s debut album “Leave a Whisper” was released in July 2003, immediately introducing the band’s melodic rock sensibilities to a large audience. Featuring the singles “Fly from the Inside”, “Burning Bright”, and “45”, the album charted at No. 53 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified platinum. Following the release the band embarked on an extensive touring schedule, which lasted until the end of 2004.
Shinedown’s sophomore album “Us and Them” arrived in October 2005, led by the No. 1 Active Rock Chart single “Save Me”. Subsequent singles included “Heroes” and “I Dare You”, the latter of which was used by the WWE in promotion of “Wrestlemania 22”. In support of the record the band toured on the 2006 SnoCore Tour alongside Seether and Flyleaf, as well as with Trapt on the Equinox tour. Following “Us and Them”, Shinedown underwent considerable membership changes, with the 2008 line up consisting of Brent Smith, Barry Kersh, guitarists Nick Perri and Zach Meyers and bassist Eric Bass.
The group’s third full-length release “Sound of Madness” appeared in July 2008, after which guitarist Nick Perri left the band. The album was produced by Rob Cavallo known for his work with the Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day, and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Initially led by the single “Devour”, it was the subsequent, Billboard Top 10 single “Second Chance” that proved a real breakthrough for the band, earning triple platinum certification. The full-length “Amaryllis” followed in March 2012, charting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Marking Shinedown’s most successful release to date, the album earned strong reviews from critics, and spawned the singles “Bully”, “Unity”, and “Enemies”.