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Godsmack

With alternative rock ruling the musical roost during much of the 1990s, and heavy metal all but sidelined as yesterday’s news, as a result, Massachusetts’ Godsmack found a way to mesh the best of both worlds and enjoyed overnight success with their signature alternative metal sound. First formed in 1995 by longtime drummer-turned-frontman Sully Erna, Godsmack took their name and some, but not all, of their musical cues from grunge giants Alice in Chains, before recording their 1997 debut album, ‘All Wound Up,’ on a shoestring independent budget. The next year, Godsmack scored a major label deal with Universal/Republic, and Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill, took full advantage of the opportunity by delivering an upgraded, self-titled version of their first album that would go on to sell over six million copies. The band (which hired Tommy Stewart as their touring drummer) also latched onto the Ozzfest juggernaut for the next two years, and continued to build its fan base ahead of 2000’s ‘Awake’ and 2003’s ‘Faceless,’ which introduced former Ugly Kid Joe drummer, Shannon Larkin, into the band. But their record sales had begun sagging, despite ever more high profile tours, so after issuing 2006’s Andy Johns-produced ‘IV’ and the next year’s ‘Good Times, Bad Times’ best of set, Sully decided to take a break from Godsmack for a few years. The band returned in 2010 with the gold-certified ‘The Oracle,’ then recorded its sixth album, ‘1000HP,’ and while their popularity has evidently waned over the years, Godsmack can look to their four Grammy nominations and estimated 20 million albums sold as proof of their career achievements.

 
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Rock on the Range: Main Stage Day 2 – Judas Priest, Godsmack, Papa Roach, In This Moment

As sore bodies awoke, spirits were high as Rangers took on Day 2 of Rock on the Range.

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Remembering Dio: Sully Erna Talks Opening for Dio Before Godsmack Had a Record Deal

Sully found inspiration in Ronnie's gigantic voice, which the Godsmack mainman credits with paving the way for future metal singers.

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Godsmack Cut Set Short After Sully Erna Experiences Dizziness and Shortness of Breath

Godsmack shut down their Montclair, New Jersey show a little early as Sully Erna was suffering from dizziness and shortness of breath.

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Seether, Slash, Godsmack, Papa Roach + More Rock 2015 Rise Above Festival [Photo Gallery]

Seether, Slash and Godsmack were among the top acts spreading the word for suicide prevention and rocking the house at the Rise Above Festival.

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James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

Godsmack Plan Campaign With U.S. Military Around ‘What’s Next?’ Single

Godsmack are planning to launch a campaign benefitting homeless military vets and those with PTSD based around their 'What's Next?' single.

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Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots + Anthrax Lead 2015 Shindig Festival

Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots and Anthrax lead the lineup for Baltimore's Shindig Festival.

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James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

10 Best Godsmack Songs

A look at the greatest songs in Godsmack's career.

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Godsmack Unleash ‘Something Different’ Concert-Based Video

Get right up close for the blood, sweat and tears of a Godsmack live show with their 'Something Different' video.

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Godsmack’s Sully Erna and Crew Show Off Sweet Dance Moves

Twerking and grinding may not be the first thing you think of for Godsmack, but rest assured Sully Erna and his crew have some serious moves.

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Godsmack’s Sully Erna, Marilyn Manson Land Roles in New Film ‘Street Level’

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and Marilyn Manson are adding to their acting resumes with roles in the film 'Street Level.'

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