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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Godsmack - The Oracle

Back in May, I reviewed Godsmack's first and self titled album. Devotees may recall that I did so because 'The Oracle' dropped, but no samples were out there to be found. Check back five months later - presto! Samples arrived. I also have this album on my iPod as part of my music swap with follower janis! When I reread the review from May, I was pretty happy with the self titled record, and that didn't change. I think that album still sets the gold standard for anything the band puts out going forward. I also talked about how I feel they have a more unique brand of sound when it comes to the metal genre. That audio holds true to form on 'Oracle'. Strictly from a beats and arrangement standpoint, I still feel they are fairly unique to the metal game. I can almost immediately identify a Godsmack track versus a different band. Part of it is the lead singer Sully Erma, but the major part is the guitar percussion balance. Sit back and listen to the two albums I'm referring to, then put on another band. Big difference. I'm an old drum nerd, so I notice stupid stuff like that. I find myself tapping along to something like this, because it's really motivating. That can be the beauty of metal - it can really get you going on a long day. Godsmack is perfect for that, so check 'em out. If you liked 'Self Titled', you'll like this one too. Their tracks might not be super different one to another, but that's part of what makes them Godsmack. Give this a go today - you might be pumped about it.

1. Cryin' Like a B**ch
2. Saints and Sinners
3. War and Peace
4. Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
5. What If?
6. Devil's Swing
7. Good Day to Die
8. Forever Shamed
9. Shadow of a Soul
10. Oracle, The

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. What If?
2. The Oracle
3. Cryin' Like A Bitch

3.5 out of 5 stars


  1. Okay, don't get mad at me. I find bands like this to be misogynistic and overall difficult to listen to. I do listen to rap, so it is kind of hypocritical for me to say this, I guess, but "Cryin' like a bitch" and "love-hate-sex-pain" WTF? Hard for me to respect bands like this. I admit, this is confusing with my love of rap, but at least rap doesn't sound like shit.... :)

  2. I couldn't get mad at you for that! You're expressing your opinion - which is great!

    I get it...and yeah, I think it's a fair statement and fair to say by anyone who even modestly shares your viewpoint.

    But to your overall comments, I think it just depends on what music you like. You're willing to 'forgive' certain hip hop artists because I think you understand what the meaning of the lyrics are. For example, Em says a lot of stupid stuff about women especially on his older records. But I think overall, you can tell he's "joking" or being controversial to sell albums. But some band like Godsmack, you aren't a hard rock fan, so getting through it alone is tough, let alone when they're talking about something you're passionate about.

    Could be wrong...just kind of how I view it.