Godsmack

Sully Erna's solo album "Avalon" seems to serve two purposes. First, he finally gets to explore his fascination with tribal drums and acoustic music to his heart's content, without the weight of the Godsmack name and subsequent label expectations. Second, he created a vehicle which allows him to create all the songs about longing and soul-searching emotional torment that it seems he's been brimming with since his band's eponymous album.

Heavy metal news updates! It's been a while. Too long. Let's do this thing.

On their previous best day, Godsmack's best efforts sounded akin to James Hetfield singing for Alice in Chains. With the dawning of "The Oracle," we may have a new best day to talk about.

-Hey Godsmack fans! In anticipation of the impending release of "The Oracle," Godsmack will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live for a mini outdoor concert on May 5th! It's free on broadcast television, so if you can't get to LA, you can always tune in.

-After much buildup, the BlackDiamondSkye tour has been announced, complete with American tour dates. For those not in the know, it's a triple bill with Alice in Chains, the Deftones and Mastodon.

As I sit here trying to come up with something witty or appropriately grandiose to introduce this interview, a stray thought occurs to me. Does Godsmack even need an introduction? Maybe not. They are ubiquitous in all corners of alternative music, hard rock and heavy metal, their name synonymous with the past decade of mainstream metal history and success. I was privileged enough to recently have a conversation with singer/songwriter/frontman Sully Erna. Here's the results.