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UGO's Bands on Demand - Godsmack

Godsmack

Originally an Alice in Chains tribute band, Boston-based Godsmack released their first album, All Wound Up, in 1997, but the album was released eponymously by Universal in 1998. Touring to support the album the group, vocalist Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rambola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Tommy Stewart, slowly built a national fan-base, pushing sales of their debut to gold status by 1999. They boosted their profile even more that year by playing Ozzfest, skyrocketing sales of their debut to over three million just one year later. The group released their second album, Awake, in the fall of 2000. The album sold over two million copies and garnered them a Grammy nomination for the song "Vampires." As they continued releasing successful singles, such as "I Stand Alone," drummer Stewart left the band in June 2002. With a new drummer, ex-Amen member Shannon Larkin, the band released Faceless in April 2003 and then followed it up with the unexpected but well received acoustic album The Other Side in spring 2004. In April 2006, their latest album, IV, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 211,000 copies in its first week.

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Why We Like 'Em

In the late '90s, With the demise of the hard rock sound generated by Seattle bands like Soundgarden in the early 90s, there was a hole that needed to be filled. Lighter rock bands like Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind and the Goo Goo Dolls dominated radio, but, in 1998, Godsmack came in with their heavy, dark and intense metal that reeked of influence from Alice in Chains and they filled that void. With a deep and emotional voice, singer Sully Erna mixes perfectly with the fast tempo, hard riffs from guitarist Rambola, who's also known for is formidable solos. While the band certainly didn't break new ground with their initial follow-ups, they showed a new side of themselves with the acoustic set The Other Side and their latest effort, IV, is considered their most experimental work to date, adding a more melodic edge, with subtler riffs giving us a sense the band has grown up a bit.

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Discography
Godsmack - All Wound Up (1998)

All Wound Up (1998)

Godsmack - Godsmack (1998)

Godsmack (1998)

Godsmack - Awake (2000)

Awake (2000)

Godsmack - Faceless (2003)

Faceless (2003)

Godsmack - The Other Side (2004)

The Other Side (2004)

Godsmack - IV (2006)

IV (2006)