Godsmack

Godsmack

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Godsmack is an American hard rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1996. The band comprises founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released four studio albums, one EP, four DVDs, and one greatest hits collection.

Godsmack has sold over 10 million albums in the United States with an additional two million worldwide, including over 2 million singles sales worldwide. The band has had two number one albums (Faceless and IV) on the Billboard 200. They have had a record-breaking fifteen top ten mainstream rock singles, a debut album selling over five million copies in just two years and have also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. The band has sold almost 17 million albums, singles, DVD's and compilation CD's, making them one of the most successful modern rock bands.
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Godsmack Discography

Albums

5-5010 Godsmack All Wound Up (Album, Single) Not On Label (Godsmack Self-released) 5-5010 US 1997 Sell This Version
none Godsmack Godsmack (Album) Republic Records, Universal Records none US 1998 Sell This Version
-na- Godsmack Not Final Mixes(Cass, Promo, CrO) Universal Records -na- US 1998 Sell This Version
159 688-4, none Godsmack Awake (Album) Republic Records, Universal Records 159 688-4, none Poland 2000 Sell This Version
none Godsmack Faceless (Album) Republic Records, Universal Records none Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none Godsmack Sampler(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Universal Records none 2003 Sell This Version
none Godsmack IV (Album) Universal Records, Republic Records none US 2006 Sell This Version
none Godsmack The Oracle (Album) Universal Republic Records, Universal Republic Records none UK 2010 Sell This Version
VQCD-10314/5 Godsmack Live & Inspired Universal Republic Records VQCD-10314/5 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
B0021281-01 Godsmack 1000HP (Album) Republic Records B0021281-01 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GODPR002 Godsmack Whatever (Single) Republic Records GODPR002 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
U5P-1497 Godsmack Keep Away (Single) Republic Records, Universal Records U5P-1497 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Godsmack Voodoo (Single) Republic Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
UNIR 20285-2 Godsmack Awake (Maxi, Single) Universal Records UNIR 20285-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
UNIR 20391-2 Godsmack Greed (Single) Universal Records UNIR 20391-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
UNIR-20119-2 Godsmack Bad Religion(CD, Single, Promo) Republic Records UNIR-20119-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
UNIR 20597-2 Godsmack Bad Magick(CD, Single, Promo) Republic Records, Universal Records UNIR 20597-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
UNIR 20706-2 Godsmack I Stand Alone (Single) Universal Records UNIR 20706-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
UNIR 20943-2 Godsmack Straight Out Of Line (Single) Republic Records, Universal Records UNIR 20943-2 Australasia 2003 Sell This Version
none Godsmack Serenity (Single) Republic Records, Universal Records none US 2003 Sell This Version
UNIR211242 Godsmack Re-Align(CD, Single, Promo) Republic Records, Universal Records UNIR211242 US 2003 Sell This Version
B0002401-36 Godsmack The Other Side (EP) Universal Records, Republic Records B0002401-36 US 2004 Sell This Version
UNIR 21275-2 Godsmack Touché(CD, Single, Promo) Universal Records UNIR 21275-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
UNIR21213-2 Godsmack Running Blind(CD, Single, Promo) Universal Records UNIR21213-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
GODSPEAKCDP1 Godsmack Speak (Single) Universal Records GODSPEAKCDP1 Europe 2006 Sell This Version

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narcoticevil

narcoticevil

March 13, 2010
Im going to post this review on the bands profile as im reviewing about 3 of their albums all in one review.

I came across Godsmack a while back while listening to one of the ChroniX radio stations, in which they played Mistakes (from Awake). This was at a time where i was finding my place in music, trying a variation of popular genres and music and wasnt really focusing on downloading or owning albums thus only having one track by an artist most of the time. Anyway i didnt actually listen to Mistakes all that much, it got lost in amongst another 4000 single songs, which happened to alot of my music. Just of late, its almost a year since ive started this, i have been aiming to listen to the full albums of tracks i downloaded, exploring deeper into the genres, defining what genres i like, looking into independent artists and taking recommendations from friends. More so, i have gotten into listening to an artists whole catalogue (or the majority of it, via Spotify) to actually give them a fair trial.

Anyway, about a couple of weeks ago i was hanging with one of my metalhead friends at my house and we were going through music on his ipod (FYI music is a great conversation if the person's in it are passionate). We somehow got to come across Godsmack, and i was like oh yeah Godsmack - and yes i had completely forgotten their existence. And so this prompted me to give them a proper listen. Also seeing as my friend who prompted this has a reputable taste in all forms of metal, and opinions on them, i made it a high priority. Another playing factor in putting this artist on top priority was my pursuit into listening to rock bands from the late 90s. And so over the past 5 days ive listened to three albums by Godsmack.

Their first three studio albums (not the independent release from 1997); Godsmack, Awake and Faceless. IV isnt available on spotify and i wasnt planning on downloading it just to give it a listen. Okay so after the first song, with my previous knowledge of 'Mistakes', i could define their sound/genre; which would allow me to look more closely at the way they put out their sound. Godsmack to me sound like Creed's Human Clay album but with more angst and anger. Maybe thats because of Sully's almost 1 dimensional voice, similar of that to Scott Stapp's of Creed. They also have the sludgy sound of Grunge music, more Post-Grunge but not soppy Post-Post-Grunge (i.e. Nickelback's All The Right Reasons). Some websites (Allmusic, Wiki, RYM) have genres such as Alternative Metal, Hard Rock and at times Nu Metal - linked to them. They do fit Alt. Metal, although the last two Hard Rock and Nu Metal i would leave to other bands - but there are some instincts of Hard Rock in their music, which is understood because one of Post-Grunge's root genres is Hard Rock.

Of course like most rock bands their sound has changed, not alot but its definetly developed. And so i shall now go through how this has changed between Godsmack, Awake and Faceless.

In their debut they have a typical Post-Grunge sound. Yes some tracks do have bits of Nu Metal, as its movement was big (i mean BIG) during the late nineties. This for me is one of the sounds i dislike, some people like it - i just dont, its the reason why Human Clay (Creed) never gets touched by my CD player laser ever. Why, because for me its just too slow, sludgy and to be honest i find it boring. This could be one of the reasons i avoid Grunge style music, purely because i cant be arsed to listen to the same sound that was being put out over and over during the late 90s. So yes their first album was when they were the most Creed like.
Heres a Genre breakdown for Godsmack (album):
Post-Grunge = 80%, Hard Rock = 5%, Alt. Metal = 5%, Nu Metal = 10%

Okay so moving on two years to the millennium. I have a Kerrang album from this year and one from '99 - and the types of music are very similar. 2000 in rock, Nu Metal is at its mainstream hype with Limp Bizkit taking places in the Top 40, but bands like Blink 182 and SUM 41 are showing the future for more Pop Punk like music. And so with any rock album i listen to from 2000 i sort of know what sound i shall be receiving. Oh by the way, grunge and its forms are not so very popular. And this is all relevant and visible in this album - Awake. The Creed like sound has began to fade, although Sully's voice is haunting in its resemblance to Stapps. Its this album that i actually started to give Godsmack a chance, if Awake sounded like Godsmack then id have given up listening to their discography and given them (the band) bad reviews from then on. Its this album that more of the Alternative Metal side is shining through. Which is good! Because although not my favourite type of metal (that'd have to be thrash) its not one i dislike. Again i dont see the Nu Metal side of Godsmack in this album, its pretty much non-existent and if there was a form of it it'd be in the debut. They have a more defined and grabbing sound this time. Some pretty decent solos and riffs. Heres my breakdown for Awake:
Post-Grunge = 50%, Hard Rock = 15%, Alt. Metal = 35%, Nu Metal = 0%

Now i shall move on to Faceless, in my opinion the best of the three. The Grunge sound is near enough gone, and their more Hard Rock, Alt. Metal sound is really coming in leaps and bounds. Much more depth in their sound, i.e. it doesn't sound like a constant drone of guitars. Better riffs and solo's and Sully's voice is just that bit more angry and really makes you pay attention to what he's saying. Here's my break down:
Post-Grunge = 10%, Hard Rock = 40%, Alt. Metal = 50%, Nu Metal = 0%

Okay so thats my opinion on each album and yes i feel they have progressed. I haven't lisented to IV yet, but i can only think it would be similar to faceless. Why, because one thing you learn with these types of rock bands they dont want to change their sound to drastically as they don't want to alienate or lose fans they picked up with their first original sound. Ive seen people comment that the lyric writing/structure is not something to jump up and down about - which i can sort of guess, purely due to the type of music it is.

Overall i'd give Godsmack a rating, their first three albums combined, of 3/5 - which if you look at my profile is an average rating, but its unlikely i would tell my friends to listen to them. Why because they are using a sound that was overused, and still today is very mainstream. So dont listen to Godsmack if you're looking for something different because you won't find it, but do give them a listen if your a fan of Alternative Metal or Grunge. Even hard rock fans, like myself, would happily listen to this album. The best album out of the first three would have to be Faceless, purely because it has the best sound and is a bit different to their original sound.

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