Shinedown’s Eric Bass looks back at the band's top five bass albums

Musician Eric Bass of the band Shinedown performs onstage during the "Planet Zero" tour at The Wiltern on January 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Eric Bass is the low-end hero with Shinedown, a group he joined in 2008. Entirely self-taught, he is a continual student of sound and is an in-demand engineer, producer and mixer. Bass also plays keys and sings with his band, and his ability on multiple instruments makes him a Musician with a capital M, though he can – and does – rock out with the best of them.

Bass has also learned the power of patience over the years, as he says: “If you’re practising to become better, but you’re not ready to immerse yourself and become great in the moment that you need to accomplish something, then turn the gear off, go chop some firewood, and come back. It’s not always gonna be easy: sometimes it’s mind-numbingly difficult, but if you put the time in, it will always happen."

Wisdom indeed. Of course, Eric has plenty more to share, whether that’s about technique, studio approach or the power of the bass guitar to smash expectations, all explained through the prism of five Shinedown albums...

1. Shinedown - The Sound of Madness (2008)

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