Godsmack is a Boston-based band who were simply too undeniable to be ignored. Their self-titled major label debut isn't a calculated, big-budget offering. In fact, it started out as a self-released CD the band recorded in 1996 for about $2,500 with money they borrowed from a friend. Expecting maybe to make back the costs of recording, they peddled the disc to a local radio station WAAF embraced the song "Keep Away" and began playing the song on hi weekly evening program. Meanwhile, the band was performing regularly on the Boston club scene and soon drew the attention of Paul Geary, a long-time friend of Sully's and former drummer and manager of the group Extreme, who inevitably signed the band to his management company PGE.
Before long, airplay increased dramatically. With the blistering track "Whatever" (a combustive cut that grooves as it grinds) being spun regularly on WAAF, sales grew at a staggering rate. The disc became the #2 best-selling album at Newbury Comics.
"I was really shocked," recalls Sully, "Our album began selling 900 to 1000 copies a week!" After meeting with several interested labels, Godsmack chose to sign with Republic Records in July 1998.
Before Sully formed Godsmack, he played drums in a band called Strip Mind, which broke up in 1994. For a year, he went into hibernation, then he started getting that itch to write music again, so he called up his friend/bassist Robbie Merrill and asked him if he was interested in jamming on some new stuff. The two hooked up with drummer Tommy Stewart (ex-Lillian Axe) and local guitarist Lee Richards. A few months later, both Richards and Stewart quit the band. Guitarist Tony Rombola skillfully slipped into the guitar slot and a guy named Joe Darko filled the drumseat for a few years, although he didn't actually play on the band's record. That honor was held by Sully, who has been playing drums since age four. In 1997, after the band's star sign had begun to rise, Darko left and Godsmack invited original drummer Stewart back into the fold.
Throughout the album, Sully sings about the emotional extremes that often shadow people with intense lifestyles. "Timebomb" addresses the day-to-day pressures and frustrations that life often dished out, "Immune" is about urban vampires who suck the identities from their victims by emulating their fashion sense and behavoir patterns and "Voodoo" is based on the bizarre film epic The Serpent and the Rainbow.
"There are a lot of emotional highs and lows in my songs, but they're genuine emotions" says Sully, "I seem to do my best writing when I'm down. For me, writing is a release of energy." In addition to channeling his energies through Godsmack's aggressive music, he channels that energy via more spiritual paths as well. He is practicing Witch of the Celtic Religion (WICCA) under Salem Witch Laurie Cabot, and he continues to weave the Wiccan arts and rituals into the fabric of his daily life. "It's been my salvation," he says candidly. "A lot of people are confused about witchcraft, it's simply about worshipping the power of the earth, and that's it! It's a positive religion that has helped me through a lot of bad times."
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GODSMACK IS THE SHIT!!! | Reviewer: Hunter 94 | 1/28/10
i have been a fan of godsmack for more then 10 years they are the best band and put on the best show. the changes concert was insane. sully is an amazing drummer and shonnon is bad ass at the drums. tony is fucking insane on the guitar and robbie can play the shit out of the bass. all i can say is that Godsmack is the shit!!
You Guys Rock Mii Soxx! :)) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/17/08
lol...my brother really likes your songs! He buys ur cds and he even put a sticker of godsmack in his car windshield..but he had a wreck and i dnt think he could get the sticker back! Anyways...Yall are the BEST! If someone dnt like ur music my brother will tell them off...thats how much he likes yall! I also like ur music! My brother and I always listen to ur cd's in his car...he turns it up really loud cuz he isnt embarassed of ur music! Other ppl prolly would be..i am sometimes cuz i just think its embarassing when ur sitting in line waiting for the wreck up ahead to be over! lol..but thats just wat i think...ohhh and he even read one of yalls books! Well thats about it! Bye! lol...
The perfect band | Reviewer: itay ron | 6/19/08
Godsmack is amazing, I heard them live and they sound just perfect, and bring loads of loads of energy to the stage.
There music is deffinately Heavy Metal and they dont scream compared to Children of Bodom, There type of metal is kinda different, its more like a new style, Sully is a god. He sings awesome and also there Accoustic songs kick ass too. Shanon is one crazy drummer :)They have songs for different types of a day. Voodoo helps me wake up :)
Rock'N'Roll | Reviewer: MetalMan | 3/25/08
I seen Godsmack twice and they put on a crazy fucking show! When Sully goes on hes drums and they have a drum off it's amazing! The music sounds great live and they bring a lot of energy to the stage. There a newer band but they make wicked fucking tunes!
theyve come a long way | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/14/07
At the center of godsmacks first 2 discs were 2 xtremes raging thrash metal and strange balladry. im not a fan of thrash(fuck metallica) or ballads so u probably know where im goin. but there last 2 albums were very good so there obviously evolving. cant wait for the next album it is gonna be sssssiiiiiiiiccccckkkkk.
amazing is an understatment to describe godsmack | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/24/07
I would just like to say that sully brings so much energy to the bands show and the band is really down to earth people i love yall ur amazing and so real... their songs have real meaning and people can actually realate ... thanks much xoxo!!
godsmack rule | Reviewer: jake | 5/26/07
god smack should be made saints in my eyes there amazing and there music has helped me through some bad times there such an amazing band and are VERY heavy without screaming
~u guys r the bomb~ | Reviewer: sky~high | 10/24/06
hi wuzz up i gotta tell u godsmack i the best..i got introduced to them by my friend 1 year ago..since then ive been listening to them a followed up on them a couple times...they are getting better and better..im doing my project on them and i learned about every thing and this is the mot funn project ever cause i can do it on them..a reason y i listen to them i because there lyrics makes sence to me and also has meaning..i would hav to say that HOLLOW-BLEEDING ME-SPEAK r the song that i love to listen to on the album IV THIS band is the best and i was very inspired by them and i've been able to rite my songs a whole lot better when i listen to them
Godsmack Serve Areal Good Stuff | Reviewer: Bloodlines | 4/24/06
Godsmack from the first was a diffrent style and type of the metal Bands
MANY Peoples said they are a clone from aice in chains but thy are very wrong alice in cahins werent great as they and sorry for their fans but its true. and days pass and godsmack got more experience and melodiec songs.they did acoustic and it was just unbeatable now thy are just finished their IV and its almost out and its diffrent as usual i love sully .you know hes character and ways .and i love you shanon ,robbie,and tonnie
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