Sully Erna - Vocals & rhythm guitars Tony Rombola - Lead guitar & backing vocals Robbie Merrill - Bass & backing vocals
Shannon Larkin - Drums & percussion
The new album titled When Legends Rise marks a significant change in their career, as they have now been around for over 20 years and decided to do something different, meanwhile at the same time, make sure longtime Godsmack fans get the music they love. I have been listening to Godsmack since they came out with 2002’s Awake, and I have to say I love the direction they went on. This album is a good hard rock album. They also did a great job of mixing old with new on almost every track, fans of both recent and old Godsmack will like what the boys have brought to the table. The most important thing I noticed however, is emotions are running high on this album, a prime example is the album’s lead single “Bulletproof” as lead singer Sully Erna described the song: "'Bulletproof’ is just another moment in my life when I allowed myself to be vulnerable and got hurt. It’s this kind of carelessness from other people that eventually hardens you and forces you to put up that wall to protect yourself. So when and if they circle back around and try to get back in, you make yourself bulletproof”.
Aside from the lead single, which is already an awesome song, longtime fans have their voices heard on this album. “Take It To The Edge”, “Say My Name”, and “Eye Of The Storm” are all songs while they have a new sound, they do not take away from the theme of the album and are clearly songs to satisfy fans like myself. “Eye Of The Storm” is one of my favorites on the album, from the opening riff from guitarist Tony Rombola to the chunky bass riffs from long time bassist Robbie Merrill, it makes this a song I hope to hear live soon. One standout song on this album is the very rare Godsmack rock ballad “Under Your Scars” which is one of the more deeper songs I have heard from them in recent years or as Sully said in an interview with Loudwire, “That song is really about letting the other person know that, 'Hey, it's OK that you have scars. I'm willing to live with those as long as you're willing to live with mine.' That really is what that song represents.” The song starts off with a wonderful piano open and throughout the song you can even hear some strings! I was skeptical at first, but you honestly have to listen to this song. It is so beautifully done, it is one of my favourite rock ballads of recent memory.
The last track that really sticks out to me is the album’s third track “Unforgettable”. Sully's vocals really shine on this song. It is also a great example of the direction they have taken throughout the album and is overall just a great song that kind of mixes their two sounds into one song. The chorus definitely screams “radio-friendly rock tune” but then you hear the riffs from Rombola and you say “There is the Godsmack I know!”.
When Legends Rise ushers in a new era for Godsmack. They welcome both fans of old and new, they are clearly adapting to the times and don’t want to just do the same thing over and over again. If this is the new direction they are going, I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.
Final Rating: 10/10
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