ANOTHER ANIMAL, the new band featuring GODSMACK members Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar), alongside vocalist Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, LIFE OF AGONY, MEDICATION) and DROPBOX guitarist Lee Richards, will release its long-awaited, self-titled debut album on October 2 via Republic/Universal. The CD's first single, "Broken Again", will go for radio adds on August 28 (postpone from the previously announced July 23).
Rombola recently told Launch that he and the other two GODSMACK members envisioned the project as a way to keep busy while vocalist Sully Erna was doing other things. "Sully, you know, he's always doing other projects and other things," Tony said. "He has books and he acts and he does a lot of things. He was considering taking a break after this last cycle. We figured it would be cool to have our own chance to express ourselves, you know, a little more. The GODSMACK records, we have our input, but overall Sully has the final say, so it was really satisfying for everyone in the band to get to really master their department."
ANOTHER ANIMAL's debut disc features a number of songs written for the latest GODSMACK effort, "IV", which didn't make that CD's final track listing.
GODSMACK will issue a box set later this year to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. The package will collect all four of the Boston quartet's studio albums, its acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD.
GODSMACK recently completed the first leg of its latest headlining tour in support of "IV" and will resume the trek on July 14 in Puerto Rico. The band is also slated to participate in a tribute concert for late BOSTON singer Brad Delp, who committed suicide in March.