Hard Rock Album of the Year: Godsmack "1000hp"
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:57:50
Boston never sounded as badass as it does on Godsmack's 1000hp. In this day and age, hard rock doesn't get any ballsier either. The quartet serves up their fieriest and most fulfilling collection to date. 1000hp kickstarts with the hyper-charged assault of the title track driven by frontman Sully Erna's rousing call to "Turn that shit up louder". Meanwhile, Tony Rombola slices through a razor sharp lead as Robbie Merrill's bass practically explodes out of the speakers. Drum wizard Shannon Larkin summons John Bonham and Nick Mason on the sweeping "Generation Day".
"Something Different" possesses the potential to be one of the band's biggest hits ever. With the string section and another unforgettable Erna refrain, it illuminates the power at the group's heart. At the same time, he can get vicious on "Locked & Loaded"—a spiritual successor to "Cryin' Like A Bitch"—calling out a certain someone with a sly bravado that's missing from rock music. Godsmack aren't afraid to be real and knock someone's teeth out in the process. See "FML" and "I Don't Belong" for further proof beyond the verbal beatdown of "Locked & Loaded".
This bullet lands on "Turning to Stone", which feels like "Voodoo 2014" but with even more of an all-encompassing aura. Ultimately, this is the year's best hard rock album because it's hard as this style of music can be today.
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