GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: New Material Is Really Powerful

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has spoken to MTV.com about the recent addition to the group's ranks of former AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin and the musical direction on the band's forthcoming third full-length CD, due in March 2003.

"[Shannon] was my first choice," said Erna. "I'm a drummer also, and I was really influenced by his playing style. He's also influenced everyone from the guys in SLIPKNOT to the drummer in SEVENDUST, and they'll all tell you so.

"From the day I met Shannon, I've always said that God created him to play the drums," Erna boasted. "We just did a show with him at the Rolling Rock festival, and Tommy Lee was sitting there at the side of the stage going, 'Holy fuck, look at this fucking kid!' To me, that's an incredible compliment."

As previously reported, the revamped GODSMACK are currently in a Miami practice studio working on material for their next album, which may be called Releasing the Demons. Among the cuts already completed for the CD are the projected title track, "Straight Out Of Line" and "Serenity". GODSMACK hope to work on the new record with David Bottrill, who produced the GODSMACK song "I Stand Alone", which Erna wrote last year for the soundtrack of The Scorpion King.

" 'I Stand Alone' is kind of like a little prelude to what's gonna be on there," Sully said about the new material's direction. "It's really powerful. There's a lot of good melodies, a lot of good grooves. We're trying to expand musically and vocally, and I think that's the kind of stuff that's coming out of us right now."

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