Even though it seems Godsmack often flies under the radar compared with its hard rock brethren, the band holds the record for most songs in the top 10 of Billboard's Active Rock chart, besting such ac
Even though it seems Godsmack often flies under the radar compared with its hard rock brethren, the band holds the record for most songs in the top 10 of Billboard's Active Rock chart, besting such acts as Foo Fighters, Korn, Metallica, Creed, Nickelback and Staind. Its 13th top 10 entry, "Speak," is in its sixth week at the top of the Active Rock chart this issue, making it the band's biggest hit since 2002.
The tune is the first track from "Godsmack IV," out this week on Universal Republic. The album represents a shift for the group: While many of the songs still rock, melody is king and confession proves good for the soul. On "The Enemy," frontman Sully Erna admits his infidelities, and many of the album's lyrics deal with his past problems.
"2005 was a terrible year for me," he says. "I allowed so much negativity in my life throughout the years, it became part of my regular lifestyle ... negative people and addictions. I got rid of a lot of stuff that was killing me or putting me at a standstill."
As he wallowed in his misery, his bandmates toiled away. "They would have 30 songs, and I didn't have the word 'the' written down yet. I wasn't inspired," he says. "One day, I just sat there in my own sorrow. I lived this life of sin, I don't even know where to begin and I was like, 'There I am.' From there it just poured out." In fact, the album's opener, the driving "Livin' in Sin," details his distressed state and ultimate breakthrough.