Godsmack will officially hit the studio tomorrow to begin the recording process for their new album. They posted the following:
Sully Erna has confirmed that him and Erik Ron will be producing the new Godsmack album. He also offered a bit of a timeline during an interview with metal-heads.de:
“Right [after I am done with] this [solo] tour, [I go] right into the studio, record the new GODSMACK record this winter. The [first] single will probably come out sometime around January and then hopefully we’ll have the record in everyone’s hands by April.”
Godsmack paid tribute to both Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell during their August 9 show at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. You can see footage of them performing Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” below:
In other news, Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin were recently interviewed by WFMZ-TV, and talked a bit about their new direction. Erna said the following when asked if their new album has a theme:
“Not so much a theme, but we have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit. This show [Musikfest] we’re kind of marking as the last of the nostalgic Godsmack shows, and from this point forward, we’re gonna kind of open a new chapter in our career and go for a new sound, a new stage and a new look for the band. We’re gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on.”
Godsmack’s Sully Erna was interviewed by Nivens of 98.9 The Rock during the Rockfest in Kansas City, and he was asked bout the band’s new album progress. He responded with the following:
“I’ve been working on it all year. Everyone’s been writing. That’s our main focus again right now — getting a new record out.”
He also added the following when asked when fans will have a chance to hear new music:
“Definitely next year. We’re gonna try to time this so we can drop the single right at the beginning of the year, January, and maybe drop the record by first week in April at the latest.”
Godsmack’s Sully Erna recently said the band may play their first album in full on a 2018 tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but now he has dialed back a bit on his comments. During an interview with Minneapolis 93X’s Lyndsy Marie he said the following about the possibility of performing the effort:
“We don’t know that yet. That’s been circulating because I opened my mouth a little bit soon, but as we get deeper into writing this new record that may change. So we’re not making any promises on that yet.”
Godsmack’s Sully Erna was recently interviewed on “The Rod Ryan Show” and said the band may play their first album in full on a 2018 tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary. They are also planning to release a new album around that time as well.
Erna said the following about their “big world tour” [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:
“We’re gonna do a massive production. We’re gonna kind of base it around the theme of the first record. We’re even talking about coming out and doing the first record front to back to open the show — set up the staging a little bit more old school and stuff like that, and then kind of morph it into the back half of the set, which would be all the hits and the solo and some of the new stuff.”
He also added:
“I’m gonna be taking the rest of this whole year to kind of be working on production ideas, what the visuals are gonna be like, what the music’s gonna be like, but, obviously, it starts with the record. I have to write a really great record for us, and that’s the tough part.”
As far as the wait time between albums goes, he offered:
“We were going to drop a record this year — we didn’t want the records to be so spaced apart… But it kind of seems like a theme with us — it’s always three or four years before another record comes out. Part of that is because by the time it takes you to write and record and tour on an album, it’s eighteen months to two years. But this time, we wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, ‘You know, let’s just wait another second,’ because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our twentieth-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special.”
Sully Erna’s new solo album, “Hometown Life,” is set to be released on September 30 through BMG, and in a new studio video for the effort, Erna revealed that Godsmack have signed with the label as well. You can hear him talk about that in the below video:
Erna said the following:
“It’s been a really interesting year so far, too, for me this year. Besides coming out with this new album, there’s been a lot of changes I’ve been making in my life in general, and one of them was departing… After a sixteen-, seventeen-year relationship with Republic/Universal, our contractual obligations were up and we decided to move on and sign with BMG, which has been a real pleasure so far. Because you know it’s coming back to having control as the artist and not being controlled by the record label.
Not that we had a bad experience with Republic or Universal—they were great to us; we’re still like family, and we really admire and respect those guys for everything they did for us—but, you know, years move on and things change, and so the industry changes, and so our relationship, as artists, to the industry has to change as well.
And so it was just time. It was a good opportunity to try something new, and also be in a position of control again of our own music and of our own career.”