Six albums into their career, Godsmack find themselves faced with the challenge of moving forward without betraying their roots. Although the veteran act manages to offer up a handful of convincing tunes on this hour-long affair, IV
fails to hang together as a cohesive and convincing album. The opening "Living In Sin" and its follow-up "Speak" rock with conviction, although neither breaks new ground; "The Enemy--a reasonably good approximation of a latter-day Metallica tune--proves persuasive, while "Shine Down and "No Rest For The Wicked" are radio-ready distractions. As good as those and a number of the other songs are, IV
never locks into any particular groove and ultimately amounts to little more than a batch of songs placed end-to-end on a disc that's roughly 20 minutes too long. By the record's final moments--the passionate but decidedly dated angst-filled dirge "Mama" and the meandering "One Rainy Day--the listener grows weary of treading down an all-too-familiar path with a band that still has a promising future if only it could let go of its unyielding grip on its own past. --Jedd Beaudoin
Brand new studio album from America's #1 Rock Band. This is follow up to the #1 debut album Faceless. Their First single, 'Speak', breaks all records at Active Rock radio with the highest chart debut since Metallica June '03! Godsmack IV co-produced by classic rock legend Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones).