Shinedown's latest single 'Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay-Boom-Lay-Boom)' is every bit as hard-hitting as the Sylvester Stallone action film for which it was written.
The song opens with a brief spoken-word section before electric guitars kick in and band members begin chanting the hook "Boom-Lay-Boom-Lay-Boom!" with a high-pitched siren blaring in the background. The siren and chanting re-appear several times throughout the track, next to a melodic chorus and a metal-inspired guitar solo.
Singer Brent Smith explained the song's origin while onstage this summer, telling the crowd, "Sylvester Stallone was doing this new movie called 'The Expendables' and he wanted a song. So we said, 'What kind of song would you like?' He said, 'Write me something that will personify not only the South, but what rock 'n roll truly is.'"
Stallone's film features an all-star lineup of tough guys, including Steve Austin, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. 'Diamond Eyes' does not appear on the soundtrack but appears in the trailer and the film itself.
It's unclear whether 'Diamond Eyes' will appear on a full-length Shinedown album. The band's most recent release was 2008's 'The Sound of Madness.'
Check out Shinedown's upcoming tour dates and listen to 'Diamond Eyes' on AOL Radio's Top Alternative station.