Metal Monday: Breaking Inside



by Shinedown (with Lzzy Hale)

~ Powerhouse duets, the new generation ~

The 2000s have brought us a bunch of great heavy rock music with far better musicianship and songwriting than we had throughout most of the ’80s. If you were a fan of intricate arrangements and virtuoso performance 35 years ago, then you were either listening to Rush or an occasional prog-metal group. They’ve gone far more mainstream now, and the arrangements and production are a million times better than they were in the LA heyday of hard rock.

Here comes a superpower duet who’s only real ’80s comparable was the Ozzy and Lita duet for “Close My Eyes Forever” – which despite the reverence in which it’s held, is a pretty mediocre song.

This one was originally released by Shinedown by themselves, but Brent trading versus with Lzzy Hale really pumps it up to another level and gives the song far more meaning as both sides of the breakup are breaking inside, not just one of them.

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