Shinedown was one of my favorite bands for a long time growing up. The heavy guitar riffs and Brent Smiths voice is amazing and brings a slight southern feel to the bands hard rock driven music. Sound of Madness is still one of my favorite albums of all time. It is actually one of the few albums I own that I like every single song on. Shinedown has managed to take what made Sound of Madness great and applied it to their follow up single, Diamond Eyes.
Musically, Diamond Eyes is one of Shinedown's best songs. The slow build up to the song is great and really sets up for the very energetic heavy intro. The guitar riff in the intro is one of the big things that give the intro it heavy feel. It is simple but very effective. The pre chorus is one of the best parts of the songs. Zach Myers does a great job busting out the boom lay boom phrase and it really adds to the high, heavy energy the song is going for. Brent Smith sounds very good as usual. His voice really carries the lyrics well and that slight southern sound he brings is one of the things that makes Shinedown unique.
Lyrically, this song accomplish's what it is supposed to. For those who don't know, Shinedown wrote Diamond Eyes for The Expendables movie. It is a intense action movie and the lyrics capture that mood and tone perfectly. With phrases like "fist fist philosophy", and "we watch with wounded eyes" you really get a good sense that this is a song about combat and being in the thick of it. Shinedown could not have done a better job conveying the Expendables movie lyrically then they did in Diamond Eyes.
Diamond Eyes is a great song with high energy and great lyrics to match the movie it is representing. From the guitar riffs, to the vocals, this song does a great job representing the Expendables, and it is a great hard rock and metal song you need to get. If you are a hard rock and metal fan this is one song that you should listen to. I give Diamond Eyes a 4.5 out of 5.