Track-By-Track Review: Godsmack – “1000hp”
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:25:26
We’ve already told you that Godsmack’s 1000hp (iTunes) is the best hard rock record of the year, and we wholeheartedly stand by that claim. However, we wanted to give you a much closer analysis in honor of the album’s official release August 5, 2014.
You’ve got to get this record if you love rock ‘n’ roll! Check out the Track-By-Track Review by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino below...
1000hp Track-By-Track Review
The first single and title track is a motorized metallic bitchslap, combining a thudding and thunderous guitar chug with punk-ed out percussion and a stadium-size refrain. It rolls forward like White Zombie’s “Supercharger Heaven” or Metallica’s “Sad But True”, but with its own pummeling panache. Godsmack set the pace on this one. Now, turn that shit up louder!
Commencing with a clean guitar that swells into a torrential distorted undercurrent, Erna’s vocals instantly transfix during the verse before the immortal refrain of, “So, fuck my life”. Once again, Rombola shines on the axe, while Merril’s low end smacks hard in tandem with the inimitable percussive slam of Larkin. This is meant for the pit.
3. “Something Different”
This is one of two standouts on 1000hp that deserve very close examination. It features one of Erna’s most powerful and potent vocal performances to date, and it also mounts into a refrain that could incinerate radio waves for years to come. It’s a different kind of Godsmack classic.
4. “What’s Next”
“What’s Next” seesaws between another elegantly architected six-string groove and tightly controlled drum work. At the same time, it boasts a hook that could’ve been amongst the tracks on Faceless and Awake.
5. “Generation Day”
Wow, “Generation Day” remains the album’s epic, and it crosses the six-minute market, offering a heavy as hell take on Pink Floyd-style jamming and artistry. “Generation Day” also conveys a powerful message punctuated by Erna’s badass screams of “Shot!”
6. “Locked & Loaded”
Now, “Locked & Loaded” lands a sonic atomic bomb right on its target with one of the album’s most vitriolic and vital refrains. The anger here is tangible, but there’s also a swaggering sway that’s simply undeniable. “Frank” is going to feel it right where it hurts...
7. “Livin’ in the Gray”
After a tribal stomp of guitars and drums, this one swells into an airy hook that stands emblematic of Erna’s immense vocal range.
8.”I Don’t Belong”
This one sears and soars, exorcising one of the band’s biggest hooks to date. That says a lot given that their catalog features everything from “Awake” to “Whatever”.
9. “Nothing Comes Easy”
Based on a slick bluesy groove, the song bruises at the right points. There’s some soul at heart though, leading perfect into the downright poetic closer.
10. “Turning To Stone”
“Turning To Stone” is the other standout alluded too. A creepy buildup swirls into “Voodoo” territory before spiraling out into the record’s most entrancing moment. It’s a timeless conclusion.
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