Awake is the second studio album by the hard rock/alternative metal band Godsmack, released on October 31, 2000. It features the song "Goin' Down", which first appeared on the band's first studio recording All Wound Up. This was the only Godsmack album to feature drummer Tommy Stewart.
Since the mid-2000s, the songs "Sick of Life" and "Awake" have been extensively used for the United States Navy's "Accelerate Your Life" commercials,Awake sold 5 million copies worldwide.
The band opted to convert a warehouse in Haverhill into a makeshift studio, rather than use a more traditional studio setting. According to Sully Erna, the band just didn't want to move into any luxurious studio, because they wanted to keep the edge on for writing and "not get too far away from what we're all about". So they just stayed in the slums rather than moving into luxury.
Erna says the results show in the music's "tougher" sound, however it has a very raw edge to it. It's not very polished," he says. "But it still has a lot of good grooves, and it still has a lot of power."
The band also kept in touch with its roots by working some older unreleased material. The album includes older songs that just missed being on the debut. "Goin' Down" is a track from the original Godsmack album that was dropped in favor of "Whatever" for the major-label release. The songs "Bad Magick" and the instrumental "Vampires" also date back to the same period.
Awake debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 256,000 copies in its first week, and the album would go on to sell over two million copies in the United States.
Since its release, the album's title track dominated rock radio and broke chart records throughout 2000 and 2001. The album's instrumental track "Vampires" earned the band its first Grammy nomination. "Greed" earned the band Boston Music Awards nominations for single and video of the year.