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.
Performance CreditsSully 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 CreditsSully Erna Producer
Steve Catizone Programming,Engineer
John Huff Illustrations,Cover Art
Chris Decato MIDI
Kevin Sheehy Personal Assistant
Clay Patrick McBride Cover Photo
Angelo Caputo Engineer
Joe Clappa Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Avalon based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I have always thought Sully Erna was a very talented individual...Avalon proves it.
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.
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!