GODSMACK Frontman's Solo Single Due Tomorrow; Audio Sample Available

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has set September 14 as the release date for his long-in-the-works debut solo album, titled "Avalon". A first single from the disc, called "Sinner's Prayer", will arrive at rock radio stations tomorrow (August 3) and is now available for purchase at Amazon.com. You can also find a 30-second sample of the track at the same location.

"Sinner's Prayer" 30-second audio sample:

Erna finished work on "Avalon" in early 2009 but has held off on releasing it until after GODSMACK completed and issued its fifth studio album this year, called "The Oracle".

In a posting on GODSMACK's MySpace page, Erna stated about his upcoming solo effort, "I truly believe that this is my best work to date. I'm more proud of this record than any other music I have ever recorded. It is so pure and organic. Every ounce of my blood, sweat and tears has been poured into this body of work. Without a doubt, I have completely exposed myself in this album. More importantly, it's just a very cool musical journey you go on when you listen through.

"As I've said before, I must emphasize that THIS IS NOT A ROCK RECORD!!! This is a series of beautifully arranged compositions that I have created over many years. Some compositions are newer, written with the help of my solo band mates. Others have been shelved over time waiting for the right moment to be released. That moment is finally here, and I couldn't be more proud to share it with all of you!

"This record was recorded with all hand drums, cellos, flutes, piano, etc... It is very eclectic and intellectual. It is something that you will want to put on when you're in the mood to lie on your couch, dim the lights, and light all your candles and incense. Just vibe out to this hypnotic variety of music, and enjoy the pictures that will be painted in your mind. This is a very visual record, so for sure the visuals will come. Don't be surprised if it triggers some deep emotions within you based on your own life situations. Either way, enjoy the ride, it's a beautiful one!!"

GODSMACK has scattered dates lined up for the rest of this summer, including August 7 at Rock On The Range Canada in Winnipeg; August 9 in Sturgis, South Dakota at the annual Sturgis Bike Rally; and August 14 in Madison, Wisconsin.

A full tour is in the works for either fall or early 2011.

The band's fifth studio album, "The Oracle", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in May with 117,000 copies sold in its first week of release.

The latest single from "The Oracle", called "Love Hate Sex Pain", follows up the chart-topping "Cryin' Like A Bitch".

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