Today is the seventh anniversary of Shinedown's iconic Sound Of Madness album. First and foremost, I would like to say happy anniversary to Shinedown, and then I would like to reminisce.
You see, Shinedown is one of my favorite bands, and has been for years now. I was aware that I've been a fan for quite some time now, but it wasn't until they stated that the album came out in 2008 that I realized just how long I have enjoyed their work. I remember the first time I heard Shinedown, I just do not remember exactly when this was. All I know for sure was it was before the release of Sound Of Madness, but it had been announced. So, I probably found them just a matter of months before its release.
The first song I ever heard by Shinedown was "Save Me", just followed by "I Dare You." Both were related videos to something I now forget, and I instantly knew I had to listen to them. Little did I know, they actually would have a massive impact on me and my career in just a few short years.
Its now 2015, and seven years have passed. I have now seen Shinedown three times, interviewed their wonderful guitarist, Zach Myers and saw him do an acoustic performance with his best friend Justin Moore. That was still one of the coolest things I've ever seen, because it was just two friends sharing a love of music. They played for hours, with no set list or anything, just for the hell of it, and I still say more bands need to do that.
Because of that show though, everything changed for me, and Immortal Music. I wrote an article about that night, just talking about the incredible experience I had, and Shinedown shared my article. After they did that, my website consistently has gotten a decent amount of views, and more offers have come in. That's something I can never thank them enough for, and I am very proud to be a Shinedown fan.
Its been seven years, and this was only their third album. Now, they're getting ready to release the first single off of their fifth studio album, and are still going strong today.
Happy anniversary, Shinedown, and thank you for all you have done.
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