IV

IV

by Godsmack
3.7 10

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IV

Godsmack may never garner the kind of praise that's bestowed upon its obvious influences (Metallica, Alice in Chains, Tool), but the hard-working Boston quartet has managed to stay at the top of the alternative metal heap for nearly eight years. IV, produced by frontman Sully Erna, doesn't stray too far from the formula, relying on big midtempo brooders and heavy, drop-D riffs to work in the usual themes of loneliness, betrayal, and the overuse of the word "bleeding." For the most part it's cliché done well -- the record opens with an audio collage of children saying their prayers before bed -- and the band can turn it up to 11 with the best of them. Stadium-sized cuts like "Speak," "Enemy," and "Temptation" are sure to please the masses -- they even bring out the vocoder for "No Rest for the Wicked" -- and fans brought into the fold with 2004's acoustic Other Side EP will eat up the pensive, mandolin-led "Hallow," but there's little growth to be found, resulting in a textbook-executed slice of commercial aggression.

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Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602498550366
catalogNumber: 000654802
Rank: 34119

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IV 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the title through to the end there is nothing here that is new. Lyrically and musically the band should have done something creative and didn't. The CD is well done and there is nothing really poor on it, but every one of the band's previous releases have had something unique and this disc does not. No Godsmack CD has ever been spectacular , but they have always managed to get a few stellar songs out of them . Not this time .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've listened to this whole album several times before comming to the comclusion that it's right up there with previous albums. It has some slower songs and harder songs, like their others. Some say it is lacking, I disagree, just because you can't thrash through it's entirety, doesn't mean it's not the Godsmack of old. If you remember not everything on the other albums are thrashers. I think they did an excellent job and can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems the influence that Metallica asserted over the course of a lengthy roadtrip to promote St. Anger (possibly the worst effort by any band...ever) has taken its toll. Like Metallica, Godsmack's latest reaks of whininess and copycats of previous songs, some by other artists (namely, Metallica). Godsmack would do well to divorce themselves from Metallica and seek their own style once again. For example, similarities between songs from Godsmack IV and Metallica's uninspired work include the following. "Voodoo II" = Metallica's "Unforgiven II" Mama = "Metallica's Mama" Hollow= Any of Metallica's "Poor Me" songs later in their career. Metallica also did a song called "Bleeding me" which shows up on this album. Where Godsmack's strength before was in your face righteous anger, this CD shows the vulnerable side of Sully and the boys...and it aint pretty, folks. This one actually has some songs that sould like love songs (*gag*). So it seems Metallica has succeded in derailing the careers of 2 of the best Metal bands of all times. Their own and Godsmack's. Thanks guys...for nuthin'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Godsmack's new album! Maybe it's just because I can identify with a lot of the material on it, or maybe it's just because I am a hard-core Godsmack fan, but I have to say... my Boston boys are back! I love "Speak" (of course), but my favorite songs on the album are "Enemy" and "Hollow." I want to know who does the really ethereal background vocals on "Hollow". It's so beautiful... so full of emotion and loss that it would be hard for anyone not to identify with. If you're looking for a good rock album... pick this on eup!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album isn't bad but the only major thing I disliked about this album was it dosen't have the dark edge that faceless had and that to me is what made faceless so good recomendation to fans of the group but more for the newcomers then us longtime fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To all those who oppose... hmm... well!!! YOUR LOSS!!!! I've listened to the album for close to Three months before I was ready for something different. Maybe this is extreme, but true!!! You have to admit that at least these guys are writting their own music and not playing re-makes or Top Forty CRAP!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing that i could spot in this album to seperate them from the rest of the wannabe great's. Disappointing. Not nearly as good as their previous cd's. They try to be a little bit too much like Alice In Chains.
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