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Godsmack’s self titled debut album came out when I was first getting into hard rock music. This album spawned four hit singles that were mainstays on modern rock radio in the late 90s and early 00s.
Godsmack was founded in Lawrence, Massachusetts by vocalist Sully Erna in 1995. The lineup rounded out with guitarist Tony Rombola, drummer Tommy Stewart, and bass player Robbie Merrill to record their debut album. The album was originally an independent release titled All Wound Up which became quite popular in the Boston area. Universal and Republic Records then picked up the album, added and deleted a few songs, and re-released it as Godsmack’s self titled debut.
The album was pushed into the mainstream full force led by singles “Whatever”, “Keep Away”, “Voodoo”, and “Bad Religion”. With the exception of “Voodoo”, which is a slow paced song, these singles are straight up hard rockers that brought Godsmack’s brand of metal into the 21st century. Besides the four singles a favorite song on this album of mine is “Immune”. I love the tone of Sully Erna’s voice in the chorus.
The album brought some controversy about a year after it was released due to some of the vulgar language contained within. A young man purchased the album at a Walmart store, and when his father heard the lyrics to the songs he was quite upset and complained as the album did not contain a Parental Advisory Explicit Content sticker. As many of you can remember when Walmart still had a decently large selection of CDs for sale they did not allow albums with explicit lyrics to be sold in their stores. All albums had to be edited. Godsmack’s album was then re-pressed with the advisory label and in edited versions.
Sadly, I think Godsmack got a little bit worse with each album after this. Sure, their next album Awake was still pretty good, but I don’t think it topped the first album. Each succeeding album seemed to lose its metal edge in favor of radio friendly rock songs in the vein of Nickelback or Creed. Are they good radio friendly rockers? Yes, some of their songs are great, but I really miss the aggressive edge and anger of their first album. We shall see what the band will bring us in the future, but this self titled debut will always remain a favorite of mine from my youth.
Check out the song “Immune” below: