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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.

 
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Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Calls Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx ‘An Old, Fat, Washed-Up Has-Been’ [Update]

Sully Erna and Nikki Sixx have been quiet lately, but Erna just threw gasoline on a dying fire with some venomous words directed towards the Motley Crue bassist.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Calls Out ‘Motherf—ers in ISIS’ During Gig: ‘I’m Tired of This S–t’

Godsmack performed in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, directing their positivity towards those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Troll Seattle Seahawks Fans at Show With Impromptu Song

Watch as Godsmack singer and Patriots fan Sully Erna responds to a 'Seahawks' chant with some trash talking and a NSFW song about the football team at a show.

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Republic / Universal
Republic / Universal

15 Years Ago: Godsmack Issue Sophomore Set ‘Awake’

On Oct. 31, 2000, Godsmack released their second album 'Awake.'

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Micah Gummel, Loudwire

Sully Erna to Appear in ‘Black Files’ Film, Trailer Surfaces Online

Get a look at the trailer for 'Black Files,' the next film that Godsmack's Sully Erna will take part in.

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Micah Gummel, Loudwire

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Adds to Acting Resume With Russian Crime Thriller

Godsmack's Sully Erna will test out his acting chops in a Russian crime thriller, set to film early next year.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Godsmack Surprise Fans With Free Song ‘Inside Yourself’

Godsmack unleash the new song 'Inside Yourself' as a thank you to fans, radio stations and program directors.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

King Diamond vs. Godsmack – Most Haunting Halloween Track, Round 1

Vote for King Diamond's "Halloween" or Godsmack's "Voodoo" in Round 1 of our Most Haunting Halloween Track tournament!

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Food Truck and Rock Carnival: Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax + More

Check out our photo gallery of some of the main-stage acts on the Sunday lineup of the Food Truck and Rock Carnival 2015.

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Micah Gummel, Loudwire

Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin on Next Album: ‘More High Energy Rock,’ Less ‘Metal Chunk’

In a new interview with Springfield radio station WQLZ, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin offers a loose timeline and discusses the direction of their next disc.

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