Godsmack - The Oracle

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Now four years since their last full album IV, the longest gap between albums in their fourteen-year career so far, Godsmack have tried a lot of new things, adding considerably to their repertoire, but haven't quite hit the intelligence of the previous disc. Godsmack's sound is now unmistakable and unique, and where with most young metal bands it is easy to pick out one or two tracks on each album which were clearly written with the intention of trying to write a hit single, Godsmack's recent albums don't have that feeling. They write Godsmack songs, and if they turn out to be hit singles well, that's a pleasant coincidence. Some tracks are close to being typical Godsmack, like Shadow of A Soul, and to a certain extent opener and first single Cryin' Like A Bitch!, even with its slow, chugging riff, but there are some new elements to most of the rest of the disc that show the band aren't out of ideas yet. There's a Black Stone Cherry-ish southern touch to tracks like Devil's Swing (with a rare guitar solo too) and War And Peace, while What If? comes off like a recent Metallica outtake. Saints And Sinners similarly for Alter Bridge. A punky Forever Shamed provides the album's only real low point, and the Sully Erna-penned expansive instrumental title track, a poor man's Suicide & Redemption, closes and sees the band at their most "metal". The Oracle isn't as good overall as IV, which featured some of the band's most thoughtful songs to day, but it's still a strong album and will add several new elements to the live set.

Written by Andy Lye
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