Twenty years since the release of their debut album and 20 million albums sold later, Godsmack have announced When Legends Rise, their first new album in four years. The album will drop on April 27th and from it, the band has debuted the first single “Bulletproof,” which you can hear below!
Commenting on what inspired the tracks on the new record, singer and songwriter Sully Erna said, “It was just about evolving as a songwriter. “I wanted to stretch my wings out even further to use all the experiences I’ve had with writing different types of music over the years and applying that to find a way to introduce a newer, fresher, more mature sound, but still maintaining the power of Godsmack.”
When Legends Rise is the band’s seventh studio record and was recorded at the band’s headquarters in Derry, New Hampshire with production by Erik Ron and Sully Erna. The album is sonically intense and layered and pushes the group forward to new places. When Legends Rise speaks to “the band and our journey,” said Erna, “It’s been an amazing road we have traveled through all the ups and downs. But being able to conquer those challenging times with alcohol and egos and everything else that can tear a band apart is what we are the most proud of. To be able to stand strong again and do it better than we ever have. It’s about burning it down and building it back up. It’s the Phoenix rising from the ashes!”
Regarding the first track “Bulletproof,” Erna said, “I always write about things that have affected me on an emotional level. I think everyone knows that about me by now. But if I choose to do that, I have to be prepared to be honest and vulnerable. And so the challenge is figuring out how ‘exposed’ you want to be with personal information. But I’ve also learned over the years that for me, being transparent, even to the point of embarrassment sometimes, is so much better than holding it inside and extending that pain longer than you need to. ‘Bulletproof’ is just another moment in my life when I allowed myself to be vulnerable and got hurt. It’s this kind of carelessness from other people that eventually hardens you and forces you to put up that wall to protect yourself. So when and if they circle back around and try to get back in, you make yourself bulletproof.”
When Legends Rise follows 2014’s 1,000 HP which entered the Billboard 200 at #3.
When Legends Rise Track Listing:
01. When Legends Rise
04. Every Part Of Me
05. Take It To The Edge
06. Under Your Scars
08. Just One Time
09. Say My Name
10. Let It Out
11. Eye Of The Storm