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One of the most reliable hard-rock bands of current vintage, Boston’s Godsmack deliver the pounding riffs of classic heavy metal while dipping their melodies into the pained retrospection of grunge. The album’s first single, “Cryin’ Like a Bitch!!,” rumored to be about Mötley Crüe, has the sass of a band looking for a good street fight. “Devil’s Swing” throws down at full throttle. “Good Day to Die” adds an extra funk grunt. “Forever Shames” supplements the band’s lurching rhythms with some sublime, ‘70s-styled guitar leads. “What If?” channels the extra texture of metal veterans such as Metallica for its mix of strong and somber. “Shadow of a Soul” sends the band into that Alice in Chains zone where singer Sully Erna dares to tread. The title track is yet another metallic epic, beginning with slow, subtle moves that build to a climax. “Whiskey Hangover” swings with a jackhammer rhythm, proving the band is capable of stretching itself any which way it desires. The bonus track, “The Departed,” finishes things on a definite strong note. Godsmack are one of the most powerful and diverse bands surviving in 2010.

Customer Reviews

Amazed

This album is amazing. I'm more of a grunge fan so I'll make a comparison. This album is the Nevermind of a new generation of metal. Speachless!

wow!

Amazingg album. Evey song on it is just greaat. Worth every penny. Godsmack is back!

Awesome!

This album is great! Far better than their last one. Most of, if not all, the songs are memorable, something I feel their last album didn't have except for maybe one or two tracks.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Boston-based alternative metal group Godsmack originally comprised vocalist Sully Erna (a devout Wiccan), guitarist Tony Rambola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Tommy Stewart. After debuting in 1997 with All Wound Up, Godsmack signed with Universal, which in 1998 reissued the LP as a self-titled effort with a handful of new tracks; at that point Stewart -- who'd left the group in mid-1997 and was replaced by drummer Joe d'Arco -- returned to the lineup on a permanent basis. The band's audience...
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