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Album Review

Godsmack may never garner the kind of praise that's bestowed upon its obvious influences (Metallica, Alice in Chains, Tool), but the hard-working Boston quartet has managed to stay at the top of the alternative metal heap for nearly eight years. IV, produced by frontman Sully Erna, doesn't stray too far from the formula, relying on big midtempo brooders and heavy, drop-D riffs to work in the usual themes of loneliness, betrayal, and the overuse of the word "bleeding." For the most part it's cliché done well — the record opens with an audio collage of children saying their prayers before bed — and the band can turn it up to 11 with the best of them. Stadium-sized cuts like "Speak," "Enemy," and "Temptation" are sure to please the masses — they even bring out the vocoder for "No Rest for the Wicked" — and fans brought into the fold with 2004's acoustic Other Side EP will eat up the pensive, mandolin-led "Hallow," but there's little growth to be found, resulting in a textbook-executed slice of commercial aggression.

Customer Reviews

Something different from the band.

As far as this album goes, its actually quite good and managed to suprise me. Most songs have a pretty unique and distinct sound to them, and as a whole, the entire album has a different sound compared to the rest of their albums. One song, "The Enemy" sounds similar to the song "Bad Religion" from the first self titled album, but at the same time it still manages to have its own sound. Its got plenty of heavy songs, and a few not so heavy songs such as "Hollow", and "One Rainy Day". There is even a song that has a harmonica solo, called "Shine Down". I know there's probably many people who wont welcome the change, and some that will. In my opinion, after a band has been around for about as long as these guys, some change is needed otherwise you might as well just listen to the older stuff. I find most people are too hard to please because if a band stay's the same during their entire career, they get criticized for not changing, and if they change, they get criticized for not staying the same. I am a long time fan of this band, and I personally welcome the change, as it shows the band is capable of a bit more than most people thought they were. Overall, its got some songs to appeal to fans who want more of the standard Godsmack sound, and enough new sound to keep it fresh, and maybe appeal to some new fans. I find that the more you listen to it, more it grows on you.


One of the greatest albums I have ever heard. The band is ausome most of there songs are just so unbelieveably good.


well, another godsmack production and i do say, that they have outdonw them selves. yet another amazing album.


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...
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