Godsmack
1000hp


3.0
good

Review

by gordodustin USER (12 Reviews)
August 9th, 2014 | 113 replies


Release Date: 08/05/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not as good as their last effort, but still an overall solid album to add to their discography.

It's been 4 long years since Godsmack's last release, 'The Oracle'. With that album, the band was starting to break some new ground. It didn't feel rushed, and the band didn't seem afraid to step out of their comfort zone. With songs like 'What If' and 'Devils Swing', the album felt inspired and refreshing. The lyrics took a massive step in the right direction, and didn't feel cheesy at all. It also featured an epic at the end where the members had their chance to write a more progressive instrumental, which ended up being a pretty fun track. After an album like The Oracle, I think we've all been expecting to see Godsmack evolve and mature with their next record. The question is, have they continued to grow since 'The Oracle'" The answer is both yes and no.

The first track and single, '1000HP' is almost laughable for multiple reasons (actually I think I literally laughed out loud during the first listen). The lyrics are incredibly cheesy "turn that *** up louder, make it all go faster, playing through the witching hour, take it to 1000 horsepowaaa". Instrumentally, it sounds no different from what they've played on two dozen other tracks. Drop D open chugs, 4/4 timing beginning to end, etc. The second track, FML is also incredibly forgettable as it follows the same formula as the first song.

'Something Different' caught my attention, as it doesn't sound quite like anything they've ever done before. It follows a more radio friendly line and features a lot less of the harsh vocals Sully likes to use. 'Locked and Loaded' is a stand out track as well. Even though everyone knows it's about Nikki Sixx, it's easily the heaviest track on the whole album and has some nice stand out parts from Shannon on the drums. Unfortunately, after 'Living in the Grey', which is yet another solid but safe hard rocker, the album starts to drop off until the final track 'Turning to Stone', which is the albums highlight in my opinion. It gives off an old school vibe with the Voodoo style drum sections, the clean guitars, and some audible bass. It's by far, the albums most progressive track as well.

So how does 1000HP compare with older albums" Lyrically, there are some weak moments in the beginning of the album. However, the overall album isn't weighed down with poor songwriting and probably won't be a deal breaker for most people. Instrumentally, the guitar really doesn't do anything to stand out, and the bass is barely heard in the mix at all except for in the last track. The drums are still the most talented thing in this band, and sound great as usual. Sully's vocal range has improved and sounds as strong as ever. Overall, this album holds 'up pretty well with Godsmack's older discography, although it isn't as good as The Oracle. Fans of the band won't be disappointed with the album as a whole as there are a few standout tracks worth checking out.

Best Tracks:
'What's Next'
'Locked and Loaded'
'Living in the Grey'
'Turned to Stone



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Comments:Add a Comment 
emester
August 9th 2014


8181 Comments


Band is like the car on the album cover
Its a deuce

slagun
August 9th 2014


813 Comments


''Not as good as their last effort''

how shit is this then

emester
August 9th 2014


8181 Comments


Shit with corn kernels in it

VaxXi
August 9th 2014


4135 Comments


Is this a joke?

Brabiz
August 9th 2014


892 Comments


Lol at the album art.

Digging: MGMT - Little Dark Age

laughingman22
August 9th 2014


2771 Comments


too much power for me

Supercoolguy64
August 9th 2014


8055 Comments


Cool review, dont really care about the band tho

VaxXi
August 9th 2014


4135 Comments


This album is 2fast4me

Supercoolguy64
August 9th 2014


8055 Comments


Gotta go fast

deathschool
August 9th 2014


21927 Comments


So many butt rock bands going full on self-parody.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2014


55357 Comments


baby you can drive my car

Digging: Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2014


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band is ass

apokolypz
August 9th 2014


489 Comments


I really like that term, "butt rock"

Dat album cover tho

PostMesmeric
August 9th 2014


702 Comments


"Butt rock" really isn't a new term, folks. Heard people using it to describe bands like Hinder for more than a decade.

Seriously, though, out of all of the dumb hard rockers on the radio, I can at least tolerate Godsmack. The singles, anyway...

TPM731
August 9th 2014


240 Comments


Where does the term "butt rock" come from?

Aftertheascension
August 9th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album isn't ass



although I usually have an opposite opinion to everyone on this website

VaxXi
August 9th 2014


4135 Comments


Just sounds like something that caught on when someone dropped it once in a conversation to look cool about a band he hated. I mean, thats how most labels catch on music wise.

Fantas
August 9th 2014


66 Comments


That album art is brilliantly awful

Glassjawx
August 9th 2014


139 Comments


Godsmack has some really solid shit. Awake, Faceless, Godsmack. The Oracle had a few listenable songs. This band really shouldn't fall in with the 'butt rock' acts.

Aftertheascension
August 9th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"That album art is brilliantly awful"



Can't agree more



"Godsmack has some really solid shit. Awake, Faceless, Godsmack. The Oracle had a few listenable songs. This band really shouldn't fall in with the 'butt rock' acts. "



Faceless rules, the Oracle had some pretty kickass tracks. Crying Like A Bitch was especially good.



I'm not a big fan of the rest of their discog.



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