Godsmack is back with their follow-up effort to 2006’s IV. The Oracle sees Godsmack returning to the formula that has garnered the band much success. The end result is a rockin’ CD that is going to get a lot of radio airplay.
Their was a hot rumor that the first single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” was written about Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx after Cruefest 2. I don’t know whether this has been confirmed or denied, but it is definitely a great song.
“War and Peace” is the type of song that almost screams “MOSH PIT”! This heavy rocker will fire up your inner headbanger quickly.
One of my favorite songs from this CD, “Love-Hate-Sex-Pain” is a slower song, but it is definitely a stand out cut on the Oracle.
“Devil’s Swing” has an infectious rhythm that is going to demand a lot of replays. If Shannon Larkin’s drums don’t do it for you, Sully Erna’s harmonica certainly will. Cool song!
“Good Day To Die” is another hard-charging, anger-filled stadium anthem that will have the fists flying in the air. The song has a repetitive bass line, but some pretty good riffs that will keep you rocking.
When I hear “Forever Shamed”, I can’t help but think that Sully Erna sounds a lot like James Hetfield from Metallica. Erna’s gruff vocals have made this song grow on me quite a bit.
What I don’t understand is why Godsmack chose to close out The Oracle, with a six plus minute instrumental track of the same name. This is an odd way to close out this disc, and it doesn’t really add anything to the CD in my opinion.
Although The Oracle does not break any new ground, it is much better than Godsmack’s previous effort, IV. The Oracle is very much in the same vein as Godsmack’s debut, which will likely help it get a lot of radio play. If you liked the first couple of CD’s from Godsmack’s, you will probably like The Oracle too. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Cryin’ Like A Bitch
2. Saints and Sinners
3. War And Peace
5. What If?
6. Devil’s Swing
7. Good Day To Die
8. Forever Shamed
9. Shadow Of A Soul
10. The Oracle
Sully Erna – vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, producer
Tony Rombola – lead guitar, backing vocals
Robbie Merrill – bass, backing vocals
Shannon Larkin – drums, backing vocals