Godsmack - IV

Godsmack - IV

Biography - Band
(Jason Ankeny )
The 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 line-up on a permanent basis. The band's audience built slowly but surely, and Godsmack was certified gold in 1999, the same year the group was invited to join the Ozzfest tour; by the next year, it had sold over three million copies, thanks to hit singles like "Whatever" and "Keep Away." In 2000, the group again played Ozzfest, and released their second proper album, Awake, that fall. In January 2001, Awake earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song "Vampires," and by March, it had sold two million copies. Hot on the heels of their continuing success, their single "I Stand Alone" propelled the hype of the movie The Scorpion King in March 2002. As the single maintained Godsmack's strong presence at modern rock radio into the summer, founding member Tommy Stewart left the band in June. The David Bottrill-produced (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Mudvayne) album Faceless appeared in April 2003. It also marked the debut of ex-Amen drummer Shannon Larkin. The all-acoustic Other Side arrived in spring 2004. In 2006, Erna stepped behind the board to helm IV, a collection of new material that reached number one while both retaining the group's trademark heft and expanding their sonic palette. 

General Review
 

Godsmack has produced what seemed to be an overlooked gem. Many reviewers see this album as just a save follow up to their previous efforts. The one reviewer even go so far as to say : "but there's little growth to be found, resulting in a textbook-executed slice of commercial aggression". Is that true? Definitely not.

Godsmack is definitely moving away from the previous post grunge music that they have produced over the years. In come a more progressive approach to hard rock. Not only do we hear D-based riffs, but also children voices (Livin in Sin), vocorder (no rest for the wicked), mandolin (Hollow). And apart from that is there the brilliant guitar solos which brings to mind the early seventies. This is a classic rock album with template definitely not grunge but rather Led Zeppelin IV. Is that not perhaps the reason why it is Godsmack IV. The template is the same - the guitars are heavier though. And the voice is brilliant.

When you listen to the lyrics, it is definitely not aggressive attacking (as with most other post grunge bands) but more in a mood of questions. Look at the beginning of the first song: "Once again my friends, storm clouds are rolling in. I can't seem to break this trend..... God help me now" No longer do they have the answers for other people, but is looking for answers for themselves.

Listen to Voodoo too: " Have you ever wondered why in a dream you can touch the falling sky? Or fly to the heavens that watch over you.

Godsmack is smacking them self - looking inside themselves for answers. What a revelation. What a change? With this album they have passed Scott Stapp, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains by miles and will not look back. That is why it went to number one.

9.5/10

Japie Marais

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Godsmack - Faceless

 
Songs on album:
  1. Livin' in sin: What a brilliant song. Start with the children's voices and go over in a melodic song with a brilliant guitar lead riff. 10/10
  2. Speak: Very much like Awake. That is probably why it was the first single. It is a bit predictable. 8/10
  3. The Enemy: Not a bad song. Heavy riff - catchy chorus. Could well have been on Awake. 8/10
  4. Shine down: With the harmonica in the beginning, it could well have been a Southern Rock tune. Brilliant though. The way the guitar lick takes over from the harmonica is brilliant. 10/10
  5. Hollow: What can we say. it could well have been a track on a Dream Theatre album. Or one of the tracks on led Zeppelin IV. The mandolin, acoustic guitars and strings are brilliant. 10/10
  6. No rest for the wicked: With the vocorder and vocals they create an atmosphere which Iron Maiden will kill for. Brilliant dark atmospheric song. 10/10
  7. Bleeding me: Scott Stapp will love this song. Very morbid love song. Dark, heavy, but still melodic. 8/10
  8. Voodoo too: With this strange beginning and drumming throughout the song, you can feel the voodoo. To be played at full volume. My favourite. 10/10
  9. Temptation: Very heavy but not very humble. 7/10
  10. Mama: With a title like that it has to start like a country rock song. Best part of the song is the guitar solo 3/4 through the song. Otherwise forgettable. 6/10
  11. One rainy day: Is this Godsmack's Nothing else matters? Very, very slow and with a touch of blues. The vocals goes heaven high and hell-low. Flash back to Jim Morrisson - but without the keyboards. Brilliant. 10/10

9.5/10

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