Frontman of the week – Sully Erna

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Today I’m featuring the Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and I will be learning as much as my readers today about this rockstar, because I didn’t know a lot about him up until today. Sully Erna was born Salvatore Paul Erna he is an American vocalist and primary songwriter for the American heavy rock/metal band, Godsmack. Sully plays quite an array of  instruments which consists of guitar, drums, harmonica, percussion, keyboard and he plays the bongos during Godsmack’s live shows.

I first became aware of Godsmack when I heard their song off The Scorpion King soundtrack “I Stand Alone“, I was completely obsessed with the song and could listen to it all day. Godsmack was formed in 1995 and has released 5 albums thus far, namely:

Godsmack (1998), Awake (2000), Faceless (2003), IV (2006) and The Oracle (2010). During live shows a drumming duel known as Batalla de los Tambores between Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin has become a highlight of the band’s live shows.

Sully released his first solo album Avalon on September 14, 2010, which he said was a departure from Godsmack’s hard rock sound. Sully embarked on this solo career, because he wrote a lot of songs that didn’t suit Godsmack’s sound. He wanted to record some of these songs and thats how Avalon was born. Sully has described Avalon as having a tribal feel/sound combined with a lot of hand-drumming and piano.

Sully Erna was approached to record a song called Sinner’s Prayer for 2010’s The Expendables, but the song ended up being cut when the scene it was to play in was re-edited, which I think is quite a shame, nothing suits a good action movie better than a hard rock song by a great band.

Sully Erna released a memoir entitled The Paths We Choose on his birthday, February 7th 2007 which describes the first 30 years of Sully’s life before Godsmack landed a record deal.

Early on in Godsmack’s career Sully was fueled by anger that stemmed from his childhood and bad things that people had done to him in the past. Sully’s anger fueled his music and his defiant attitude reverberated through his lyrics. Later on in his life he acquired a wife and daughter couple that with a solid band and stable career he suddenly didn’t feel so angry anymore. From there on out Sully embraced the changes in his life and approached his songwriting from a different perspective than before.

Something else that you might not know about Sully is that he is a practicing Wiccan, Sully only comments about his religion when asked about it during interviews.

Godsmack’s music is very riff-driven, dark, layered and combined with in-your-face powerful lyrics. Sully’s voice sounds metallic at times, gritty at other times and is accompanied with his signature snarl that you can hear when you listen closely.



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Godsmack is currently performing at  Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

You can check out some amazing photos from the festival starring some of the artists that participated here:

Thank you for reading!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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