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Godsmack Single Of The WeekOne of the best bands from Boston besides Boston, The Cars, or Aerosmith has been Lawrence legends Godsmack. They have been carrying the flag for Boston Hard Rock/Metal since their self titled debut album. These guys whether you like it or not are also one of the best bands to see in a live format and you can take that to the bank. Now the band is getting ready to release their first album 2014’s 1000HP in their seventh overall album entitled When Legends Rise on April 27TH via BMG (Their first with the label). The band has also unleashed the very first single off the album in Bulletproof which is very melodic. The song is actually very different than what we are used to from the band, but the direction of their music should not be a surprise to anyone. Lead singer Sully Erna once said in an interview in 2014, “I’m not that same young, angry kid as I was when I was writing early Godsmack material. And so now Godsmack has become a little bit of a challenge because I go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna write about?’ Cause you can’t write too ‘happy’ when you’re writing for Godsmack, but nothing is really making me super sad or angry. And so it’s gonna be interesting to continue.” I actually like the direction the band is going in and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the tracks sound like. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so here.

godsmackWe already know that Godsmack’s album 1000HP kicks total ass as is evident by my album of the week review which you can view here. The reason I chose 1000HP as the Music Video Of The Week for this week is because the song kicks ass and the band recently announced a spring tour. Godsmack has announced some tour dates that the band will embark on in the spring that starts in Arizona and ends with a performance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. The band of course is still promoting  1000HP and they will hit the road with various acts like Papa Roach, Hellyeah, In This Moment, and Within Reason. Tickets are already on sale for the tour and you can check out the tour dates below the video. The music video itself is very nostalgic at times showing old footage matched with a performance based footage with the band rocking out to the title track. Some of the footage they show is real old and it’s awesome to check out as Sully narrates you through the years with awesome concert footage and backstage footage as well. The thing the video does is show you how amazing of a live band Godsmack really is because there shows are high octane fueled rock and roll extravaganzas that you never want to miss. If you’ve never seen them live then you are truly missing out on a great live experience done the good ole fashioned way. Check out the video below and don’t forget to check out the tour dates below the video.

Tour Dates

3/17 — Tempe, Ariz. — Pot Of Gold Festival
4/17 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom~ [Pre-sale live 2/4]
4/25 — Ft. Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock
4/26 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
4/28 — Atlanta, Ga. — Tabernacle [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/1 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live [Pre-sale live 2/10]
5/2 — Reading, Pa. — Santander Arena* [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/3 — Concord, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
5/5 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Oncenter *^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/6 — Glen Falls, N.Y. — Glen Falls Civic Center*^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/8 — Worcester, Mass. — DCU Center^ [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/9 — Bangor, Maine — Rise Above Festival
5/10 — Uncasville, Conn. — Mohegan Sun [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/12 — Montclair, N.J. — The Wellmont Theater [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/13 — Rochester, N.Y. — Main Street Armory*^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/15 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center^ [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/16 — Columbus, Ohio — Rock on the Range
5/17 — Chicago, Ill. — Aragon Ballroom# [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/19 — Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center^# [Pre-sale live 2/11]
5/20 — Brookings, S.D. — Swiftel Center^# [Pre-sale live 2/4]
5/22 — Pryor, Okla. — Rocklahoma

^w/Papa Roach
#w/In This Moment
~w/Within Reason


1000hpWe decided that we were going to give you another album of the week this week and for the fact that I couldn’t resist reviewing the brand new album from Godsmack. 1000HP is the sixth record from Godsmack and their first since 2010’s gold selling album The Oracle. The usual suspects returned to record the album in Sully Erna (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, and he also produced the record), Tony Rombola (Guitar), Robbie Merrill (Bass), and Shannon Larkin (Drums). For the recording of the album, the band actually leased a warehouse and built a recording studio making it the Godsmack HQ which makes it easier for the band to record and rehearse for tours without having to depend on others. Dave Fortman who was known for working with Superjoint Ritual, Otep, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Evanescence, came back to help produce another record with the band since he produced The Oracle. Rombola had this to say to Guitar World about what it was like to work with Fortman on the album, “He has a lot of ideas and was a lot of fun to work with. He’s also a guitar player and plays drums, so he was able to give us input and bounce ideas off of us.” The album is due to be released on August 5TH wherever music is sold.

godsmackThe band seems to reflect on their past in the song 1000HP addressing how they came from nothing to all of sudden being the biggest band in the world at the time with the music being no nonsense, in your face fury. The song is actually pretty badass, it’s everything you would expect from Godsmack. The next track on the record is called FML (which means F*** My Life), but it starts off melodic then it hits you with a can of whoop ass. The song reminds me a lot of Faceless and the fury that was behind the songwriting on that album (a reason why it’s one of my favs). The next track is called Something Different and it literally is something different for Godsmack as it’s a little more on the melodic side while still packing a definite punch. What’s Next? gets down and dirty with this in your face hard rock classic. The next track is called Generation Day and it’s basically Godsmack opening their musical horizons with this 6 minute plus epic track. The track opens up with everything you could possibly want from Godsmack as they deliver the hard charging guitars, some deep low end bass, and the epic drum build up by Shannon Larkin. That is only the instrumental section in the song, you should definitely pay attention to what Sully is doing in the track as he delivers some of his best vocal work yet.

godsmackLocked & Loaded is a bad ass heavy groove laden in your face ass kicker of a track that is so groovin. So, far this really is the Godsmack we love and have been craving for. Living In The Gray is another track on the album that really lays all the grooves that would make all groove metal fans very proud with song writing that is similar to what we heard on the album IV. I Don’t Belong is a track that just hammers down on you with the rhythm section of the band. It’s full of low and heavy bass riffs and badass drum playing while Sully gives you all the reasons he doesn’t belong. Nothing Comes Easy is the next track on the record and it slowly starts to build up with some badass playing from the band which is the most impressive part of the track cause the track is epic. Some the guitar playing reminds me a lot of Vampire mixed with Realign and a couple other tracks. Turning To Stone is the last track on the record and it’s the perfect way to end an album much like Voodoo did for the first record or what Bleeding Me did for IV. I love this record, I think this is the triumphant return of Godsmack. I am giving the album four stars out of five.