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I thought sharing some of my favourite rock songs would be a neat idea, up until I started drafting this post…it is so daunting! I know that each rock fan’s list would look very different, but you never know you might find something here that tickles your fancy. That is the biggest payoff for me as a blogger, sharing great music with people who would never have heard it any other way.

Godsmack – “I Stand Alone”

When I was younger I wasn’t into rock music that much, but even I couldn’t deny the power that this song had. The build up to the chorus that hits you like a wave is undeniable. It is a song that defines a generation and what ultimately got me listening to the Godsmack.

Staind – “So Far Away”

This song has a way of creeping under your skin and making you listen. Aaron’s voice is mesmerizing, it grabs your attention and piques your curiosity. The song has an unassuming quality to it which is why I think it took the rock world by storm at the time.

Creed – “My Own Prison”

“My Own Prison” lyrically paints a picture and is incredibly introspective which is quite rare. I hold this song in high regard even though I discovered it when Creed had already disbanded. It has a slow progression, but I find it captivating with enough aggression added in the right places.

Seether – “Remedy”

“Remedy” can be described as gritty, entertaining and features the most head bang-inducing chorus ever! All of us knew a Seether song would feature on this list at some point and I had a lot of trouble deciding which one. If an up and coming rock band were looking for a rock song formula or inspiration, they can’t go wrong with this one.

We As Human – “Strike Back”

I discovered the band when I watched this music video for the first time. They released one of the most impressive debut albums I have ever heard. I need them to release new music as soon as possible! This song has a powerful rhythm, but is still quite heavy in certain sections and I find their style very refreshing.

Apocalyptica – “I’m Not Jesus” ft Corey Taylor

This song is very dark lyrically and the collaboration for this song is just too powerful to ignore. It addresses an important matter in our society and its a great way of getting the message across. The cellos, drums and Corey’s voice is an incredible combination.

Shinedown – “45”

The soft, acoustic intro on this song doesn’t give anything away, until Brent catapults his voice into the chorus with aggressive restraint which ends in reckless abandon. A fantastically crafted rock song that helped the band achieve the success that they have experienced up until this point.

Disturbed – ” Stricken”

I was fascinated by this song when I heard it for the first time. The lyrics, the melody and David’s voice layered on top of that is a winning formula. The song haunted me for weeks after that. I know that it is not their most famous or memorable song, but it struck a chord with me.

Nickelback – “Leader of Men”

Yes, you read that right I added a Nickelback song to the list, because they served as my gateway to rock music. Judge if you must, but this song has so much going for it you can’t deny its brilliance. A slow, steady intro that builds into a crescendo of guitars and Chad’s gritty voice creates a perfect combination for some good old grunge music.

Theory of a Deadman – “Invisible Man”

Tyler just captures your attention from the minute he opens his mouth. I think this band has been compared to so many others in their genre, but I feel with this song they have been able to make their mark. It was actually featured on the first Spiderman’s soundtrack. This song is from the band’s debut album, which says it all.

The more I learn about music, the more I realise how powerful nostalgia can be.

At first I planned to do this type of post as a once-off, but now I realise how many songs have had an influence on me when I was younger.

Feel free to comment with some suggestions!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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