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Godsmack – 1000HP Review

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Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Released by: Universal

 

Line-Up:

Sully Erna – Vocals & Stuff

Tony Rombola – Guitar & Vocals

Robbie Merrill – 4 String Thing

Shannon Larkin -Drums & Concussions

 

Tracklist:

01. 1000hp

02. FML

03. Something Different

04. What’s Next

05. Generation Day

06. Locked & Loaded

07. Livin’ In The Gray

08. I Don’t Belong

09. Nothing Comes Easy

10. Turning To Stone

 

Here’s the thing with GODSMACK. After a monumental debut record, they have been that band whose albums got worse and worse but I kept spending my hard-earned dollar hoping things would change. Basically GODSMACK was Lucy with the football, and I was Charlie Brown running to kick it only to wind up on my ass…again. And truth be told, after the debacle that was IV I was ready to throw in the towel on these guys, but 2010’s The Oracle was a great album from start to finish. Then you factor in that they blew EVERYBODY off the goddamn stage on Mayhem Fest ’11 and followed that up with one of the most energetic live albums I’ve heard in a while and I really thought they had turned the corner. But I felt like something was missing the first few listens. Finally on the fourth go-round the songs stuck with me.

There’s a real sense of urgency in the opening puncher “1000hp” which really makes a statement that the boys from Boston are back, Sully Erna screaming, “Turn that shit up louder!” with conviction. Another one that will turn some heads is the rather “Orion”-esque in places “Nothing Comes Easy”, as will the sprawling number “Generation Day”. What makes these songs great is they show a band getting out of their comfort zone and really stretching themselves as writers and musicians. Of course Tony Rombola’s guitar is thick, rich, and evil in all the right places, but it’s nice to see him pulling something new out on these. At the same time “FML” has that classic GODSMACK sound that many have come to know and love. Personally I found this one to be a litle TOO familiar.

Another enjoyable tune was “Something Different’, especially the beginning. And as far as a galloping rocker goes, you’ve got it in “What’s Next”, one I certainly hope they do live on the Uproar Tour. But one of Sully’s best performances comes with “Livin’ in the Gray”; he really lets fly on this one. And if you feel yourself getting dizzy from this crazy ride, well…pop some Dramamine because we’re not done yet! “I Don’t Belong” is one of the strongest tracks on the disc, Robbie Merrill’s bass and Shannon Larkin’s drums real high up in the mix while Sully’s voice meshes perfectly with Tony’s riffs, and the solo is lights-out.  Not that it’s a shred-fest or anything; its power is in its feel and texture.

“Locked and Loaded” and closer “Turning to Stone” are like a ratty old t-shirt or pair of sweats you’ve had for years and you won’t throw away because they just fit right, and are oh-so-comfortable, which is the best way to describe them. It’s classic GODSMACK, the kind you wanna hear on your drive to work or drinking on the back deck, like I do. I really thought that I wasn’t gonna like 1000hp, but once I turned that shit up louder I realized just how solid a record this is. And THAT’S why I never judge an album till at least three full listens.

 

Written by Damian J Cousins

Ratings    Damian    8/10

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