Sound of Madness

Album: The Sound of Madness (2008)
Charted: 85

Songfacts®:

  • This rant about self-involved drama queens was chosen to be the album's title track after some road testing on a short run of dates.
  • The album was produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, My Chemical Romance).
  • This topped the Mainstream Rock chart. It was the third single from The Sound of Madness, following "Devour" and "Second Chance" to top that tally. Shinedown were the first act to collect three Mainstream #1s from an album since Three Days Grace from One-X in 2006-07.

Comments: 14

  • Sum Girl from AmericaBro. I love this song and can relate to it so much. I feel like, as I get older, people are getting more into themselves. I have no issues with it because I'm basically used to it. But, sometimes the people I'm around are so into themselves they don't even listen to my issues since they're so wrapped into themselves. Pulling tears, whining and moping. But when I need to discuss my issues they turn the other cheek or don't care. I would love to give them "a kick in the ass" so they can finally wake up.
  • Bobby from OhioA drug addict insulting people with mental problems. What a joke. Define the phrase “gone bipolar”. You don’t “go” bipolar. It’s not a punch line. It is called bipolar disorder. I have it, and believe me it is no joke. I’ve never met a person with bipolar disorder who blamed it on anyone else. “When ya gonna wake up and... realize mental health is a serious issue that, even now, Is misunderstood and swept under the rug. That’s why we keep it to ourselves. That’s why when we “have a day” as I say, we seem so threatened, or sometimes threatening. Wake up and educate yourself before using your microphone to insult millions of people. Shane too cuz I really like the music to that song. But I’ll never listen to it again. If this guy cleaned up then good for him. That is a difficult thing to do.
  • Dave from TucsonNever did fully "get what this song was all about." However I gotta say it is extremely catchy.. And makes a great gaming song.. My wife and I both fully enjoy kicking butt to tbis song.. I never had heard of Shinedown before, until seeing Expendables.. I became an instant fan from that song.. Diamond Eyes is yet another great song imho.. Well thats my .02$ on the topic/matter carry on everyone :)
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjWell, I'm bi-polar, never abused any kind of drugs though (except maybe caffiene) heh , heh...anywhooo

    I never knew what this song was about, now that I read the lyrics and the song facts I can totally relate, I got this friend who is EXTREMELY paranoid and thinks everyone is against him and another one that just sits in his house and mopes all day. This is what I feel like telling them.
  • Michael from Nashville, TnI believe it is a combination of subjects, but considering that Brent Smith is a recovering alcoholicaddict, I would say that is a large part of it. I can relate coming from that myself, and I used to sleep with a gun from the parinoya. I seems it is a song to himself about addiction, especially "wrote the book on pai, somehow I'm still here to explain". Bo-polar is very comon among addicts. Just my 0.02¢
  • [p3yt0n} from Somewhere, Ini think the song is about someone trying to destroy one of their enemies.
  • Steven Kraatz from Victoria, Txi think the song is about white people
  • James from Kansas City, MoI think it's about someone trying to act higher than you, but then you can say "I wrote the sound of madness." (so back off.)
  • Cliff from Minneapolis, MnI don't agree with the whole mental illness theory. I think it is more about someone else's issues. Someone who is utterly consumed with themselves and he is basically telling them to get over themselves. But to each their own interpretation.
  • Tabitha from Summer Shade, KyI love this song. I have heard them before, but never really listened. Then I heard this song and loved it. Fortunantly for me a week latter after hearing the song on the radio I got to see them in concert. They do one hell of a concert. I am hopeing to see them again in Nashville mext month!
  • Jared from Boise, IdI can't figure out the music video for this song
  • Michael from Columbus, OkI think the whole songs about the singers mental illness. "Another lose cannon gone bi-polar", hes taliking about his own mood swings, paranoid fron it all. People don't understand tell him to either take his medicine or "I think you need a shotgun blast, A kick in the ass", just telling him to get of his ass whens he's down and can't control it. I could be way off , but thats how I read it.
  • Syton from Colorado Springs, CoLove it, I'm glad I got into this band, they stand out pretty well in today's plethora of mainstream sound-alikes. This album is great, not a bad song on it.
  • Larry from N'djamena,Truly badass song
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