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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Godsmack’ (1998), ‘Awake’ (2000) Related Artists: Ugly Kid Joe, Meliah Rage Further Reading: Godsmack, ‘1000HP’ - Album Review; Top 10 Godsmack Halloween Songs Read More: Godsmack News

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Acts in Pilot for New TV Series

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna discusses his burgeoning acting career.

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Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Jokes Around + Jams ‘Walk’ at Godsmack Gig in Never-Before-Seen Clip

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A clip of Pantera's Dimebag Darrell has been released, showing the legend joking around backstage before jamming 'Walk' in Las Vegas with members of Godsmack.

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Seether Nab Godsmack, Papa Roach, Slash + More for 2015 Rise Above Festival

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Seether have revealed the lineup for the 2015 Rise Above Festival, with Godsmack, Papa Roach, Slash and more set to help raise awareness for suicide prevention.

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Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin + More Head Up 2015 Fort Rock Festival

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Slipknot, Godsmack and the recently reactivated Breaking Benjamin will head up the 2015 Fort Rock Festival lineup.

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Slipknot, Korn + Godsmack Lead 2015 Welcome to Rockville Bill

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Daniel Boczarski / Theo Wargo / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Slipknot, Korn performing their self-titled debut disc and Godsmack will head up the 2015 Welcome to Rockville Festival.

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Smacking Zombies: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ – Season 5, Episode 8

Republic Records / AMC
Republic Records / AMC

Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin recaps each episode of 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 exclusively on Loudwire.

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Godsmack Members Reflect on Dimebag’s Personality + Playing

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Godsmack's Sully Erna, Robbie Merrill and Tony Rombola reflect on the musicianship and the personality that Dimebag Darrell brought to playing.

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Smacking Zombies: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ – Season 5, Episode 7

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Republic Records / AMC

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' is under way, and Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin offers up a weekly recap of each episode exclusively on Loudwire.

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Smacking Zombies: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ – Season 5, Episode 6

Shannon Larkin / Walking Dead
Republic Records / AMC

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' is under way, and Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin offers up a weekly recap of each episode exclusively on Loudwire.

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Smacking Zombies: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ – Season 5, Episode 5

Shannon Larkin / Walking Dead
Republic Records / AMC

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' is under way, and Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin offers up a weekly recap of each episode exclusively on Loudwire.

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