I shouldn’t like Shinedown.
Their first album was a hard rock masterpiece, but after that, it seemed like their albums began to incorporate a little more pop and a little less hard rock. I’ve been frustrated over the years when some promising bands appeared to be selling out rather than sticking true to their sound. But in the case of Shinedown, I am always excited for a new release – not because I’m hoping that they go back to a more hard rock style, but because I’m genuinely excited to see where they go next.
And in the case of Threat To Survival, it’s a modern-day hard rock master class.
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I came to an abrupt stop after walking for what seemed like miles. I’d managed to make my way through an endless combination of marshland, prairie fields, and forests. I fought my way through bandits, drowners, and big, nasty, flying things. But now, after nearly 100 hours of in-game time spent exploring the Northern Kingdoms (and only scratching the surface) I stood looking out over an embankment that led down to a sandy beach. Beyond the beach was what looked like miles and miles of ocean. The edge of the map, probably. But I knew better. Beyond the horizon lay a beautiful array of islands known as Skellige, and another 100 hours of exploration awaited me.
My adventure had barely just begun.
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