Audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on "Avalon", the long-in-the-works debut solo album from GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The CD is scheduled for release on September 14. A first single from the disc, called "Sinner's Prayer", arrived at rock radio stations on August 3 and is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.
"Avalon" track listing:
02. 7 Years
03. Broken Road
04. Sinner's Prayer
05. My Light
06. The Rise
07. Until Then...
08. The Departed
09. Eyes Of A Child
10. In Through Time
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'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.