GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: 'We Acknowledge That We Need To Start Touring Internationally'

September 4, 2014

In a brand new interview with AMH Network, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna admitted that the band has neglected the international market on a wide scale for most of its nearly 20-year existence, something that GODSMACK plans to change in 2015. "There was a lot of politics going on with our record label and some of the decisions that were made," he explained. "There was a merger, and long story short, it became too expensive for us to go overseas without the support. We had no records in stores. But now it's gotten to the point where we acknowledge that we need to start touring internationally, and we have the support to do it."

Back in 2012, GODSMACK was forced to cancel a number of European dates due to Erna's unspecified vocal troubles.

GODSMACK was only able to perform two of its fourteen scheduled dates in Europe, which marked the first time the band had toured the continent in almost nine years.

GODSMACK will take part in Australia's monstrous Soundwave festival early next year alongside FAITH NO MORE, SLIPKNOT, SOUNDGARDEN and more.

GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower),sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, follows up 2011's "The Oracle", which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week.

"We kind of do it differently every time we write and record," Erna told AMH Network about the "1000hp" songwriting process. "It was definitely a contribution from everyone. We all had musical ideas and I had a handful of songs that I brought to the table. We started carving them up, seeing which ones would make the record, and which ones were weak."

"When songs like '1000hp' was recorded, we started feeling the chemistry again, and once again felt really strong as a band."

Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first."

GODSMACK is taking part in the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which kicked off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and will run through September 21.

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