Godsmack/The Oracle

The Oracle

Godsmack is an American heavy metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band comprises founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP, four DVDs, and one greatest hits collection.

The band has had three consecutive #1 albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. The band also has parked a ratified 18 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the Top Five, more than bands such as Linkin Park and Metallica.[1] Godsmack is one of the most popular heavy metal acts of the last decade in the United States, selling over 19 million records and counting worldwide.[2]

Since its inception, Godsmack has toured on Ozzfest on more than one occasion, and have toured with many other large tours and festivals, including supporting its albums with its own arena tours. In the summer of 2009, Godsmack toured as support to Mötley Crüe‘s Crüe Fest 2 tour. The Oracle, formerly known as Saints & Sinners, is the fifth studio album by American metal band Godsmack, released in the U.S. on May 4, 2010. The Oracle is the first Godsmack album to be produced by Dave Fortman.[3] The Oracle also marks the first Godsmack gap between studio albums in Godsmack’s career. [Wikipedia]

Cryin’ Like A Bitch—-Coming right out of the gate with the heavy Alternative Metal sound that this band is known for, the guitars are absolutely huge. The vocal is very loud at right in the front of the mix…the remarkable thing is the clarity of the vocal, you can catch every single word that is sung. This is huge, aggressive and classic Godsmack.

Saints And Sinners—-Beginning with a really nice bass line, the multi guitar attack is not far behind and it fills every inch o your speakers with aggression. This is fantastic…the vocal is heavily emotive and moves between aggression and a slight melancholy. This is classic Heavy Metal with a magical alternative twist. Excellent!

 War And Peace—-With blistering riffs and aggressive drums, this has a nice blues lean to it that catches my fancy from the first notes. The vocal is harsh and a little less understandable, but none the less..this remains huge and powerful. The riffs are monstrous..the production is some of the best I have heard in quite sometime. Great!!

Love-Hate-Sex-Pain—-Again, the riffs that open this track set the whole tone and pace for the song. This is a slower and bassier track with vocals that remind and makes me want to grab some classic Alice In Chains. This is deep, slight bluesy and lyrically intense. This is magnificent…the break seems to have done this band well. Thisis great…some of the best Metal on the market right now!

What If?—-Beginning with yet another monstrous bass line and some nice atmospheric guitar, the riffs that hit your ears are monstrous and intense. The song continues to creep up on you until you are almost blasted out of your chair. this is monstrous, melodic and full of powerful drums and guitar leads. the vocal is a bit sedate, reminding me of Staind at times…emotive and powerful in content. this is fantastic….I have missed this band since they have been gone…this is the reason why!

Devil’s Swing—-With little time to catch your breath, this song begins with the first pause between songs. The onslaught of heavy guitar and blistering drums propel the aggressive vocal straight through your forehead. This is pretty intense, allowing the vocal to soar very nicely and including something you don’t get to often these days… an actual guitar solo.

Good Day To Die—-Again, heavy riffage brings the song out of the darkness..accompanied my just monstrous drums. The song really kicks into high Alternative Metal gear after the first bar and you are on a head banging journey. The vocal and lyrical content is as strong as anything else on he disc…it is hard to pick a favorite on this disc…every song is really quality. This is exceptional.

Forever Shunned—-allowing the vocal and guitar onslaught to begin at the very same time is magnificent. The bass on this release is just ace…the voice is a bit old by this point, I’m wanting a little bit of a differential, but that is just me. I really have no complaints about this disc. This is great!

Shadow Of A Soul—-Coming out at ou from afar, the song builds and builds until you almost go crazy with anticipation. The heaviness shows no sign of abating and you are treated again to a vocal that reminds one of Staind. The music though, is as aggressive and powerful as ever. This is excellent!

The Oracle—-Beginning with a riff that makes me think automatically of breaking Benjamin, the atmosphere is pretty thick at the onset of the track. The music is slow to build, but the drum builds and leads the sense of anticipation as the track becomes louder and louder and more aggressive. This is fantastic…what a momentous way to end this release. When the guitars are in full gear, te power from the speakers will rearrange your hair…they are that aggressive and powerful. This is a huge return to form…fantastic!!!

****1/2 out of 5


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