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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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Evil Robb Photography, Loudwire (3)

Korn, Godsmack, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar + More Highlight Day 2 of Chicago Open Air 2017 [Photos]

See all of the action from the second day of Chicago Open Air 2017!

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Godsmack Eye January for New Single + Spring 2018 Album Release

Godsmack's Sully Erna has laid out the potential timeline for a new single and album from the band.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Godsmack ‘Not Making Any Promises’ on Revisiting Debut Album for 20th Anniversary Tour

Though he previously discusses his desire to revisit Godsmack's self-titled debut on tour, Sully Erna is holding back on that talk as they work on a new disc.

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Godsmack Hope to Perform Debut Album in Full on 20th Anniversary Tour Next Year

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Godsmack are looking to perform the LP in full on the road in 2018.

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Godsmack + Avenged Sevenfold Headline First Annual Las Rageous Festival

Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold have been named headliners of the inaugural Las Rageous Festival, taking place April 21 and 22 in Las Vegas.

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Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images / James Stafford, Loudwire / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Def Leppard, Godsmack + The Offspring Lead 2017 River City Rockfest

The lineup for the 2017 River City Rockfest has been revealed, with Def Leppard, Godsmack and The Offspring leading the way.

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Republic / Universal

16 Years Ago: Godsmack Issue Sophomore Set ‘Awake’

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

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Spencer Kaufman / James Stafford, Loudwire

Linkin Park vs. Godsmack – Rocktober Rumble, Quarterfinals

Vote for either Linkin Park's 'In the End' or Godsmack's 'I Stand Alone' as the best hard rock hit of the 21st Century in this Rocktober Rumble matchup.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Godsmack vs. Papa Roach – Rocktober Rumble, Round 2

Vote for Godsmack's 'I Stand Alone' or Papa Roach's 'Last Resort' as Best Hard Rock Hit of the 21st Century in this Rocktober Rumble matchup.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Godsmack vs. Velvet Revolver – Rocktober Rumble, Round 1

Vote for either Godsmack's 'I Stand Alone' or Velvet Revolver's 'Slither' in this Rocktober Rumble Round 1 matchup.

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