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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.

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Be A Smart Godsmack Fan, Impress Your Friends

From Apple's own tips for writing a great review: Take the time to copy edit your work so you avoid any embarrasing typos or grammatical errors. As an additional public service, some of my own tips: "There" is not the same word as "their." Gooder? Pretty sure that's not a word. "Its bin to long since there last cd." No hope for this one. Now "quite reeding" my review and jam to some Smack!

Godsmack Evolves

Anyone with familiar with Godsmack knows that they're an intense and powerful band, but they never really took any risks on their other CDs in terms of material, with the obvious exception of The Other Side (going from three heavy, aggressive albums to an acoustic, almost contemplative EP). The new album, IV, sets the standard with the first song for solos and rhythm changes that show how much the band has progressed without losing their ability to rock. Great band, great album.

Simply outstanding

What can I say? This is the most diverse Godmsack album to date without sounding too different, and thats is not a bad thing that is for sure! There is classic Godsmack here, like "The enemy", but also some different tunes like the Zep infuenced "Hollow" The range is wide. The planets are lined up, the sound has reach that point, It is time for Godsmack to join the ranks of the elite.


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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