Although 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of GODSMACK's self-titled debut album, the band is not going to commemorate that milestone. With the group just about to release a new album called "When Legends Rise", singer Sully Erna told The Pulse Of Radio that the quartet wanted to focus on the present and not the past. "With this record coming out as strong as we feel it has, we actually kind of got away from that," he said. "We don't really want to promote the 20th-year thing. Maybe we'll revisit that [when we hit] 25 years. But right now, you know, it's about this record and it's about focusing on this album, and that kind of became the theme."
"When Legends Rise", GODSMACK's seventh studio LP, arrives on April 27. The first single is called "Bulletproof".
Erna told Detroit's WRIF radio station that "When Legends Rise" is different from the band's previous efforts. "The record has a lot of power to it still," he said. "But there's a little bit of everything on this record for everybody. There's certainly GODSMACK songs that are gonna cater to the core audience, and there's stuff that just kind of pulled us in a little bit of a new direction. It's a real eclectic mix of stuff, but, again, it all ties together and it makes sense. It's not so departed from what we've done in the past that it's gonna make people be, like, 'Wow!' I think 'Bulletproof' is probably the biggest departure, but there's certainly some other textures and songs on here that people are gonna be going, like,'Wow! That's new GODSMACK? That's crazy.' But it's set up kind of with a Side A and Side B, like vinyl would be. The first side is certainly the newer, more unique side of our writing, and then the back half of the record is a little bit more traditional."
The new disc follows up 2014's "1000hp" and is the band's first release through BMG after splitting with its longtime home, Republic/Universal.
GODSMACK will perform at several music festivals this spring and summer, before launching a tour with SHINEDOWN on July 22 in Clarkston, Michigan.