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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.

 
Republic / Universal
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
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)
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
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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Loudwire

Godsmack Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Godsmack's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Godsmack Singer Sully Erna Celebrates Release of Solo Album ‘Hometown Life’ in New York City

Check out our photos and recap of Sully Erna's album release party in support of 'Hometown Life' at the Berlin Bar in Manhattan.

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Photo By: Paris Visone
Photo By: Paris Visone

Sully Erna Unveils ‘Turn It Up’ Song With Father, Offers Godsmack Update

Sully Erna reveals a new song called 'Turn It Up' that includes his father and also offers an update on Godsmack.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Confirms Band’s Label Change

Godsmack's Sully Erna reveals that when his band returns with their next album, they'll also be releasing music via BMG.

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Godsmack 1998
Republic / Universal

18 Years Ago: Godsmack Unleash Their Self-Titled Debut Album

On Aug. 25, 1998, Godsmack began to translate local success to national success with the release of their self-titled debut disc.

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Photo By: Paris Visone
Photo By: Paris Visone

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Shares Solo Album ‘Hometown Life’ Title Track + Release Date

Godsmack singer Sully Erna will be releasing his second solo album, 'Hometown Life,' this September and has shared the title track.

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