Godsmack
1000hp


1.5
very poor

Review

by PassiveMetalhead USER (1 Reviews)
July 18th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 08/05/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: AKA 1000 Horse Poo

In the USA Godsmack are treated as kings. The arena slaying quartet are Grammy nominating colossuses with gold and platinum number one albums, 3 consecutively topped the charts. But the USA isn’t everything; sorry patriots. Only 2 dates out of a ten year touring schedule are outside of America and Canada. Sure, their music is accepted in other countries- a band as popular as them in the USA is bound to spread word across oceans but 20 years on and the Alice In Chains riffs are still watered down into a piss-worthy semblance.

For an album entitled 1000 Horse-Power, it’s full of faults and stalls and never really gets to fifth gear. This is predominantly because of vocalist Sully Erna’s unbearably clichéd lyrics. The sheer title of Something Different alone is contradictory to the song itself, it sounds nothing different to anything they’ve released in their career and Sully’s vocals barely vary. But wait, because it’s an attempt at a ballad there’s some violins. There’s no need for them, they’re just sort of there-kind of like the entire album. Locked And Loaded follows the cliché of ‘I’m-tired-of-your-***-and-I’m-going-to-stand-up-to-you’ that only Hatebreed can get away with. Juvenile lyrics such as the 13 year old child inspiring “I’ll break your face” are pathetic as an affronting attitude. So take that higher authority! 50% of the title track is Sully shouting to “Turn that *** up louder”. He’s right about the *** but we’ll keep the volume level just where it is thanks.

Now for the music itself: Godsmack can undeniably create stadium anthems-they may not be to everyone’s tastes but they’re catchy and memorable. Perhaps this is true only on previous albums because on 1000hp there are no annoyingly catchy bits. The closest would be FML but it’s entirely forgettable. I Don’t Belong is also just as uninspired. The reason for this is the bland nature of the songs: yes Sully; we know the world is not all black and white, yes Sully that must be terrible for you. The music is just as unfocused due to the spotlight being pinned on their petite vocalist. What’s Next sounds like any song off of their Faceless album but the snail pace chugs from both bass (Robbie Merrill) and guitarist (Tony Rombola) just drone on uncoordinatedly. At the end of the song there are crashes of cymbals from Shannon Larkin which irksomely trick you into thinking the song is over. This is filler music, let alone filler songs.

There are a small handful of good grooves on this album but unfortunately they only last a few passing moments on each song. Generation Day has a good bounce but it’s ruined by overproduced vocals to create an airy affect. It’s different but that doesn’t automatically make it good. Turning To Stone has a cool sensitive melody that also sounds like a Tool intro. Wait; hang on, no it can’t be... It IS a Tool intro. This track directly rip offs Tool’s majestic Lateralus. Everything is a concrete copy- the speed, tuning, melody and all. In a way this showcases just how little fuel Godsmack have put into 1000hp, clearly they’ve ditched the car and just hitchhiked from better bands.


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jitteryzeitgeist (1.5)
Why the hell did I even listen to this? Oh, and they rip off the song 'Lateralus'....

gordodustin (3)
Not as good as their last effort, but still an overall solid album to add to their discography....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2015


32085 Comments


Jesus christ, limit your reviews to 1 a day not 21 of the fuckers. All you're doing is kicking everyone else off of the front page. No one is going to read all of your work all at once, you're just going to make everyone sick of you in 5 minutes

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2015


32085 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19230998#post19230998

Post in here when you want to be unbanned/cool your shit/learn to read/realise that posting 30 reviews at once works out well for no one

Mort.
July 18th 2015


7068 Comments


oooooh Dev laying it down hard

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Tunaboy45
July 18th 2015


8093 Comments


Dev being a badass when he needs to be

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Flugmorph
July 18th 2015


5776 Comments


datt dubstep cat

Titan
July 18th 2015


9249 Comments


i remember watching these guys blow metallica right off the stage at the nassau coliseum on long island about 10 years ago or so

take it for what it's worth

AaronIsCrunchy
July 18th 2015


2106 Comments


Best summary/10 review of the year


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Supercoolguy64
July 18th 2015


5858 Comments


jesus forgot this album exists

that summery tho

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Sevengill
July 18th 2015


1715 Comments


pos

haven't read any of the others but this one did its job

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FlyheadMetal
July 18th 2015


2202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i didnt think this was THAT bad lmao

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SoccerRiot
July 18th 2015


1504 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

great album

SomeSayShesNaive
July 18th 2015


536 Comments


This album is fucking sickening, you oaf.

Sevengill
July 18th 2015


1715 Comments


I enjoyed their live show at 2012 Uproar. That said, I haven't ever actually gone out of my way to listen to them.

Passenger
August 23rd 2015


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listen to this album, to The Oracle and to IV and wonder... what do some people seem to hear that's so different between them for 1000HP to be rated so low? Something Different, Generation Day and Don't Belong are excellent songs.

EvoHavok
August 23rd 2015


2358 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, they played it safe on all those three. This is really inoffensive. Faceless is forever their best.

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