Godsmack
Awake


5.0
classic

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
September 4th, 2006 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Godsmack is an Industrial metal band that has released four albums and an Accoustic EP with seven covers and an original. They released their Self-titled CD in 1998 and the success started from there. Their next CD, and my favorite, entitled Awake was released on Halloween of 2000. They released Faceless three years later and the EP shortly after that. On April 25, 2006, they released another CD entitled IV. I am going to review their 'Awake' CD. They are a band created by Sully Erna, saying that Layne Staley (RIP) (Alice in Chains), was the guy who got him to start singing. He (Sully) is the only one who can even come close to matching Layne’s voice. Members of the band have also cited Metallica, Pearl Jam, Judas Preist and Black Sabbath as influences. They tend to show more of Metallica than any other. The song, Awake, has been used for many of the U.S. Navy commercials, and it blends in well.

Godsmack is (for this CD):
Sully Erna: Vocals
Tony Rombola: Guitar
Robbie Merrill: Bass
Tommy Stewart: Drums

Sick of Life starts us out, and if any of you own ANY Godsmack album, the first song always takes a VERY long time to get into. It is the same here, but the bass and drum intro is very catchy and leads you into this very cool song. There is a cool solo near the end of the song. Sully does some great screaming on here and it makes this one of the better ones on the album. Awake, the title track, is the song used in the commercials (as was Sick of Life). It is the first single off of this album, and is shortened for radio play. It is very well done and the solo fits in perfect. The chorus is very catchy as well. Greed is a song that can get stuck in your head. The only thing wrong with it, is that it just ends at the end of the song. There is no actual ending, if you know what I mean. It just is weird. There is a solo around the 2:30 mark that adds to the song from keeping it very generic and boring.

Bad Magick starts us out with a lyric that will get stuck in your head. The drums start out really good. The line is
Quote:
"Gettin' back, back on track, get off my back".
It is another great catchy song, the solo near the end is brilliant. Goin’ Down is a song off of a movie soundtrack, I think it is Fast and the Furious. The bass intro is very catchy, but I didn’t like this song as much as the others. Mistakes is the longest song on the CD and it builds up for it. Although I don’t tend to listen to it as much, whenever I do, it rocks. It blends into my favorite song, [b]Trippin'[b]. The bass intro is sweet, and the minor second that the guiar uses is very dark. The solo is very easy, but blends right into the song. Probably the best on the CD. This song is almost too short for being so good, that is how good it is.

Forgive Me comes out hard rocking, and stays that way. It gives you that classic Godsmack sound, and reminds me many songs off of Faceless when I listen to it. It gets repetitive after a while. Vampires is mainly an instrumental piece, but the lyrics at the very first deal with the whole song. The instrumental work is very good and shows the band working as a whole (instrumentally, with no vocals). [b]The Journey[b], which is just a filler instrumental track, leads into the last song, Spiral. This is another good song, and a great way to end the album. The acoustic version is much better to me, but this version is very good.

The overall sound of this album is incredible, and is a must have for any CD collection. Godsmack started to go downhill after this. This is their best and you should have it, if you dont already have it. I give it a 5/5, a Classic metal album.

Recommended Songs
Sick of Life
Awake
Trippin'
Vampires



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Acey
September 4th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i hope you like the reviewThis Message Edited On 09.04.06

Huber
September 4th 2006


66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh, you might want to change the "industrial metal" thing before someone who cares more rapes you about it.



Acey
September 4th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i have seen them label it as industrial metal, so i am keeping it that way

wannabeguitarist
September 4th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They sound the same everytime

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You read wrong.
The review was alright. However, you get close to doing an overall but just talk about tracks. you mention all the right things, but just next time try to do so in a more general manner and just talk about why those things are good some more. /generic advice
This is probably the best Godsmack album, though.

Acey
September 4th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

they sound different, they just dont do much with it

edit: thanks JohnThis Message Edited On 09.04.06

tinathefatlard
October 26th 2006


1597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome review just one little thing though the movie soundtrack which you referred to in which Goin Down is in is actually Mission Impossible: 2

Acey
October 27th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i knew it was in one of those, i just forgot

superfascist
October 27th 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The navy ruined "Awake" for me by playing it in their commercials all the time. Now they're working on ruining "Sick of Life" for me too. =/This Message Edited On 10.27.06

Acey
October 27th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, it is starting to annoy me, if they used a different song every time it wouldnt be that bad, but sometimes i wonder.

RottedFlesh
October 27th 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is there best cd...but they do sound the same alot

wakeupdead
January 8th 2007


2208 Comments


It blends into my favorite song, [b]Trippin'[b].

I believe you wanted this bold, yes? Great review :wave:

MrKite
January 8th 2007


5020 Comments


Did this band get their name from that Alice In Chains Song?This Message Edited On 01.08.07

Pluh
February 14th 2007


579 Comments


This cd is alright, a bunch of my friends love this band but i honestly never saw what was so special about them... the voice to me is really annoying, and rhaspy... I hear they put out a sweet drum solo in concerts though... but the cd, and band for me isn't all that it's cracked to be (IMO)...

mudvaynegodsmackacdc
February 15th 2007


79 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Godsmack ever. Definitely worth buying.

lau2000
March 12th 2007


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is THE BEST album they coud've make.Good job

Daeth
November 22nd 2007


93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

excellent cd

best songs: sick of life. awake, greed, trippin, bad magick

worst songs:Goin' Down, vampires



TheArchetype
May 30th 2011


34 Comments


This is probably my least favorite Godsmack album


Josh D.
May 30th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cool.

Tarnished
May 30th 2011


364 Comments


This is really catchy



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