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Erna: Tour nearly ended Godsmack

Sully Erna says Godsmack nearly called it a day after a gruelling tour schedule for their last album.

The band released The Oracle in 2010 and went out on the road to support the record – but it very nearly spelled the end for the group.

Erna says: “It was getting rough. I’m not gonna lie, the band was getting into a funky place and there was talks about breaking up and not really staying a band anymore.

“But I think it was just some time we needed, some time to really reassess the thing and really appreciate what we have as a band. We’ve always been kind of level-headed about things and eventually we just needed to let a little time pass and let the dust settle.”

With their differences ironed out, Godsmack got to work on the follow-up and will release 1000hp later this year.

Erna adds: “It’s a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man, I’m really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn’t that excited about writing this record at first.”

The album will be Godsmack’s sixth and will be preceded by a single of the same name.

Hear a teaser for the single 1000hp below

Stef wrote close to 5000 stories during his time as assistant online news editor and later as online news editor between 2014-2016. An accomplished reporter and journalist, Stef has written extensively for a number of UK newspapers and also played bass with UK rock favourites Logan. His favourite bands are Pixies and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Stef left the world of rock'n'roll news behind in late 2016 and has since moved to his beloved Canada.