Godsmack
Lighting Up the Sky


1.5
very poor

Review

by cycosynner USER (7 Reviews)
February 28th, 2023 | 42 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Murder your heroes.

I’ll be honest: between the latest Disturbed album, the latest Papa Roach album, the latest Five Finger Death Punch album, and now this travesty, teenage me would be throwing a fit if they were in my place today.

Lighting Up The Sky manages to fall into the same pratfalls as the aforementioned contemporaries: it is, above all, unbearably lazy. Yes, new Turning Point USA/CPAC walkout-tune “Red, White, & Blue” is tactlessly cringy in every possible way. Yes, the majority of the lyrics on this fluctuate between tired, faux angst and Erna’s sudden,newfound focus on sexual conquest (at least we know the Viagra’s paying off).

Truthfully though, all of that isn’t the worst of it. After all, Shinedown's Planet Zero certainly leaned more right than left and still managed to be worlds better than this album. No no, the worst of it is the band's unabashed adoration for their own stagnation. This band has not only stagnated, but they are proud to wallow in that stagnation. The main riff to “Surrender” is a nearly identical re-tread to “Take It To The Edge”, the majority of the guitar solos sound ripped from past Godsmack releases, and the band rarely manages to deviate from their bone-headed, drop-tuned, hyper-masculine instrument bashing. At one point, one could credibly argue that this approach had some appeal. Not every band has to be Dream Theater and Godsmack themselves are not without their solid tunes, and sometimes, a lug-headed rock tune truly hits the spot.

However, that argument lost its lustre about a decade ago, a point driven further home with the tediously milquetoast, “experimental” project When Legends Rise. It became clear at that point that this band, even when they ever so moderately deviate from their tried and true formula, is ultimately unwilling to truly try something new. Indeed, even this LP more interesting moments (ballad “Truth” is one of the most authentic pieces on this travesty and “Best of Times” is a relatively dynamic rocker that manages to sport an enjoyable (and surprisingly audible!) bass line) ultimately fall short, by Godsmack's own standards no less. The tunes are not only flawed themselves, but are too little too late on a record that lost its thunder less than five minutes in.

Ultimately, I consider myself a fan of all heavy music, be that Breaking Benjamin or Brand of Sacrifice, Static-X or Ghost, Mushroomhead or Machinehead. Heavy music really does heal my soul, so I try my hardest to keep an open heart to all of it, whether it’s the loudest and most technical or the mellowest and most simplistic. However, Lighting Up The Sky’s ultimate fault does not lie in its commercial accessibility; it lies in its stubborn refusal to try anything new and, frankly, its eagerness to slightly regress. Sully said it best: these guys are, at least creatively, “getting old”, and it shows far too clearly.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
February 28th 2023


25517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah sucks. Pos’d

cycosynner
February 28th 2023


79 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Jesus fuck.



Anywho, recs are better albums of a similar style, plus one of Godsmack's solid releases.



cycosynner
February 28th 2023


79 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks pizza!!



Hate seeing this from these guys; I've always considered myself a defender of theirs, but they clearly should've hung it up after 1000hp.

RogueNine
February 28th 2023


5407 Comments


If your tracklist reads like a Skillet who's-who, then you're probably doing something wrong.

AeniasGaming
February 28th 2023


319 Comments


"teenage me would be throwing a fit if they were in my place today" [2]

cycosynner
February 28th 2023


79 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

RogueNine, you said it. Seriously, this band is a fucking baptism away from becoming the next Skillet. Thank all fuck they're retiring.



Haha Aenias, we're getting old!

Insurrection
February 28th 2023


24843 Comments


lol this band still exists

Ecnalzen
February 28th 2023


12163 Comments


I bought Faceless back in the day cuz they had a song on one of the Prince of Persia games and I was super into the series on the Ps2

Simpler times

That album does indeed stand alone as the only thing I ever purchased from this band because of a video game tie in. Also vaguely remember Crying Like a Bitch. Can't forget that quality piece of music

Tomstein
February 28th 2023


388 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not the worst thing I heard nt even as bad as the last album. But still mostly boring to me.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2023


9359 Comments


I too consider myself to be a fan of all heavy music

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2023


30915 Comments


I bet this ROCKS

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2023


18230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

That there is the entirety of all heavy music

gordodustin
February 28th 2023


520 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agree wholeheartedly with this review. It was a chore to listen to. I would say get a new lyricist but that ship has sailed.

Darkwatch025
February 28th 2023


414 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This is definitely one of their worst albums overall, but there are some good songs. You and I, Best of Times and Lighting up the Sky are my favorites. Truth, Surrender, and Growing Old are all decent too. Everything else is bland and boring imo.

henryChinaski
February 28th 2023


4930 Comments


lol this band still exists [2]

FadedSun
March 1st 2023


3196 Comments


lol this band still exists [3]

tinathefatlard
March 1st 2023


2028 Comments


I first heard this band on the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. Goin Down is a jam.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2023


18230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

I don't think this is offensively that bad. But yeah, tempered expectations.

cycosynner
March 1st 2023


79 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hey look mom, I made the front page!!



Alright, time to reply to everybody's comments.



Insurrection, Henry, & Faded... I'm as surprised as you are. This band should've hung up after 1000hp.



Ecnalzen, Faceless is one of this band's strongest records, if not their best. Up there with Awake for sure.



Asleep, nice to see another fan of all heavy shit m/!



Tomstein, love the username and your NDH/industrial metal digs. That shit doesn't get enough love. With that said, I think this is possibly worse than even When Legends Rise. The title track on that has more oomph than half of the songs on this.



Dewinged... It exists.



Gnocci I have a limited amount of space! There's only so many bands I can list.



Johnny, they are on my list.



Gordo, a chore is the perfect way to describe the "experience" that is this album.



Darkwatch, I'm glad you got something out of it that I couldn't. I'll partially grant you "Surrender" and "Best of Times", but this thing wore me the fuck out.



Tina, Goin Down fucking rocks.

botb
March 1st 2023


17293 Comments


If godsmack are your heroes in 2023 you got bigger problems



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