Shinedown are back with their explosive new track ‘Planet Zero’, which is the first single to come from the Jacksonville collective’s upcoming seventh album of the same name.

The song was released earlier today (January 26) and describes ‘the United States as planet zero‘, according to Shinedown’s bassist Eric Bass.

Vocalist Brent Smith spoke about the track stating ‘If we shut each other down and allow ourselves to be divided by the information we consume and the way we talk to each other, we lose our humanity. When you look outside of your phone, you’ll see there are so many people doing good things and trying to take care of each other. But we’re starting to see parts of society slip into an unknown. Planet Zero was written for all of us. The fact is that we’re all here on this planet no matter what, so it’s time to actually move forward together with empathy, perseverance and strength. With that said….welcome to PLANET ZERO.’

This is the first release for the four piece since ‘Atlas Falls’ in May 2020, proving that Shinedown are well and truly back with a vengeance!

Shinedown’s seventh studio album ‘Planet Zero‘ is set to be released globally on April 22nd 2022 via Atlantic Records.

Smith also talked about the upcoming album release; ‘There’s a lot to unpack with the record, but ultimately this is a record about pulling the curtain back. When we started writing it was like, ‘Do we do the crystal ball method…try to write about three years from now, ’cause it’s not always gonna be like this? It’s gonna get better.’ And ultimately what happened was things just were not getting better and things were getting even more divisive. We’ve always been an honest band, so it was impossible not to write about what we saw going on…these narratives that are being pushed and are just dividing us. We feel like it’s really dangerous.’

Bass also stated that ‘Planet Zero’ is ‘a glimpse into the future if we continue with the way we’re treating each other. This record is a warning, in a lot of ways, to everyone. It’s not a record for the right, it’s not a record for the left…for Black, white, Asian, Hispanic. It’s a record for all of us. There are a lot of really inspiring songs, a lot of songs with a lot of humanity in them, but it’s a glimpse into a potential future and it’s a warning that if we don’t start to view everything through a human lens…we could be headed for a really, really bad place.’

Shinedown are also set to go out on tour around North America with blues guitarist Ayron Jones starting tonight (January 26) in San Francisco, before ceasing in Portland, Oregon on the 7th February. They are also due to hit the road with The Pretty Reckless and Diamante later in the year.

Listen to ‘Planet Zero’ below!

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