Sunday, November 22, 2009

Breaking the Silence: Shannon Larkin

Ever since we first heard earlier this year that Godsmack was busy working on a brand new album, we have been itching for details. After all, this new CD will be the band's first since 2006's IV. For a while, Godsmack played it close to the chest with only releasing sporadic and obscure details. All that we knew was that they intended to have the new record out sometime during the First-Quarter of 2010. Then, finally, just as Godsmack was preparing to head out on tour for Crüe Fest 2, they released a brand new single.

The new song "Whiskey Hangover" was quickly proven to be a chart-topping hit, and was played all across the country while the band was out on tour. Having seen Godsmack live this summer, I can attest to the fact that Godsmack is still rocking as hard as ever. Of course, during their performance they went on to tease us with even more talk of the new album and once again reaffirmed their intentions to have it out early next year. Since then, though, was have heard little or noting about it. No release date, no album title, no producer, zip, zero, nata.

But no more...

Finally, after all of the endless pandering and countless questions, Godsmack's drummer, Shannon Larkin, has come forward and given up some small details about the new album in a recent interview. It isn't much, mind you, but it's more than we had before so be happy with it.

You can read the full interview here, but I'll give you the basics of what was said.

According to Shannon, the band is hoping to have the new album all finished by December 15th with the intention of having it hit stores sometime around March of 2010. Also revealed was that Sully Erna was co-producing the new album with Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Mudvayne). Larkin also said the the new album was going to be "a monster" and that it was very reminiscent of their first album, but "much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs." He did not reveal anything else.

If March is, indeed, when the album will be released, we should be able to expect a new radio single any day now. If anything, this news is little more than a tease. Still, it's enough fuel to feed the fire until we actually get our hands on this thing. I, myself, cannot wait. It's been nearly four years since we got anything new from Godsmack, but it looks like the wait is almost over.

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

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