GODSMACK is “almost done” recording their follow-up to 2014’s “1000hp” album. The group’s seventh studio album is being produced by Erik Ron (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SAOSIN) and is set to drop in 2018 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of GODSMACK’s debut album.
GODSMACK took to their official Twitter account recently to upload a video from the studio containing a short clip of a brand new song. The band captioned: “Mr. Tony Rombola killin’ it in the studio!! The new album is ALMOST done…… who is ready!? #gs2018 … spread the word! #godsmack”
GODSMACK singer Sully Erna told FaceCulture back in September that the band was “hoping to have the first single on the radio by January and the record in everyone’s hands across the world by April.”
Regarding the musical direction of the new GODSMACK songs, Erna said: “They have a lot more of a commercial aspect to ’em — so far. There’s some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of GODSMACK. But we also felt that it’s time to expand a little bit.
“We can continue to write the same record, but we’re gonna have the same results,” he explained. “And the way I see it is we’re taking the first twenty years and we’re logging that into our catalog. That was one chapter of our career, and that’s the more nostalgic, vintage GODSMACK. And from this point forward, we’re gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new GODSMACK. Because we’ve realized that since we came out twenty years ago, there’s a whole new generation that’s grown up that are now just starting to discover GODSMACK. And we wanna be smart about this and we also want to try to expand our fanbase without alienating the core audience.”
The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band’s label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) December 11, 2017