Enduring for over twenty-five years, Godsmack consistently break records, crush expectations, and leave everything on tape and on the stage. Like any proud Bostonians, they shout down adversity, flip a big middle finger to the naysayers, and never compromise. It’s why they continue to sell out arenas. It’s why they continue to dominate radio and streaming. It’s why they continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most successful rock bands in history. The quartet—Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass], and Shannon Larkin [drums]—maintain a breakneck pace. Among numerous accolades, the boys notched ten number one singles on both the Billboard Mainstream and Active Rock charts and achieved a total of 24 Top 10 hits at Active Rock (the most of any act since February 1999). Beyond selling 20 million records worldwide, receiving four GRAMMY® Award nominations, and winning “Rock Artist of the Year” at the Billboard Music Awards, they bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 three consecutive times, placing them in elite company with Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park.
Even after all of this, a group of guys from blue-collar towns and backgrounds around New England and beyond continue to pull off the impossible. During 2018, Godsmack jumpstarted another era. Signing to BMG, they unleashed their seventh album, When Legends Rise. It rose to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and captured #1 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Hard Music Albums Chart, Top Independent Albums Chart, and Top Alternative Albums Chart. “Under Your Scars,” “When Legends Rise,” “Unforgettable,” and “Bulletproof” reached #1 at rock radio. The latter took home a gold plaque (unprecedented for a rock band in this day and age), stood out as “the most-played song at rock radio in 2018,” and received a nomination for “Rock Song of the Year” at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. A year later, the guys would be nominated for “Rock Artist of the Year” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
What does the future hold? Well, certainly more music and touring in addition to a forthcoming documentary on Sully’s life up until the breakthrough of the group. However, he and the boys keep their heads up as they look towards the future.
— Rick Florino, June 2020