Avalon

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded over a seven-year span, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna's solo debut may come as a surprise to fans expecting another chiseled collection of angst-fueled midtempo slabs of alternative metal. Erna's still filled with angst, but musically he's branched out, choosing the tribal, Far East motifs that have begun popping up on Godsmack's most recent albums over the bleak post-grunge approach that has earned them multiple Grammy nominations. This change is most evident on Avalon's opulent title cut, a sweeping, cinematic acoustic gem that sounds like a cross between Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" and Evanescence's "My Immortal." That sound expands to an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded over a seven-year span, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna's solo debut may come as a surprise to fans expecting another chiseled collection of angst-fueled midtempo slabs of alternative metal. Erna's still filled with angst, but musically he's branched out, choosing the tribal, Far East motifs that have begun popping up on Godsmack's most recent albums over the bleak post-grunge approach that has earned them multiple Grammy nominations. This change is most evident on Avalon's opulent title cut, a sweeping, cinematic acoustic gem that sounds like a cross between Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" and Evanescence's "My Immortal." That sound expands to an even greater extent on the single "Sinner's Prayer," bolstered by guest vocalist Lisa Guyer, Bulgarian cellist Irina Chirkova, and Dead Can Dance percussionist Niall Gregory. As with all of Erna's work, the subject matter is intensely personal yet simply rendered, and the overall effect can be both majestic and sullen. The weight of the world does indeed grow heavier for the listener as the album progresses, but there's a lot to be said for managing to crank out such a powerful product with all of the amps turned off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527462714
  • Catalog Number: 001462602
  • Sales rank: 32,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Avalon (4:58)
  2. 2 7 Years (8:42)
  3. 3 Broken Road (5:08)
  4. 4 Sinner's Prayer (4:18)
  5. 5 My Light (5:29)
  6. 6 The Rise (6:45)
  7. 7 Until Then... (5:09)
  8. 8 The Departed (5:50)
  9. 9 Eyes of a Child (4:39)
  10. 10 In Through Time (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sully Erna Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals
Steve Catizone Keyboards
Chris Decato Keyboards, Vocals
Irina Chirkova Cello
Tim Theriault Guitar, Vocals
Niall Gregory Percussion, Drums
Chris Lester Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Lisa Guyer Vocals
Technical Credits
Sully Erna Producer
Steve Catizone Programming, Engineer
John Huff Illustrations, Cover Art
Chris Decato MIDI
Adam Ayan Mastering
Kevin Sheehy Personal Assistant
Clay Patrick McBride Cover Photo
Angelo Caputo Engineer
Joe Clappa Engineer
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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Can't get enough!!!

    I have always thought Sully Erna was a very talented individual...Avalon proves it.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Just Amazing

    I bought his cd not having heard anything on it. Solely on the fact that I like Godsmack and Sully's voice. I am really happy I bought it because it is an amazing cd. Every song is incredible. Godsmack fan or not, you will love this.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Wow...

    This man's voice is so incredible. I've been impressed with him all along as frontman for Godsmack but this CD is so moving and deeply touching, I can't find the right words to describe it. It will be on my iPod and I will listen to it until I know all of the words by heart. Like my other favorite artists and their CDs, this will be played over and over and over again!

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    Posted July 21, 2011

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