Godsmack is the eponymous debut album by the alternative metal band Godsmack. The album was initially paid for by the band and released as All Wound Up, before the band was signed to Universal Records and Republic Records. It was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City. It featured a new song called "Someone in London" while the song "Goin' Down" was removed, but later appeared on the band's second major album Awake.
After playing the Boston area over the following two years with drummer Joe Darco, the band began to establish themselves a strong reputation of being a good live band. As Godsmack began drawing in bigger audiences into their live shows, their album began to circulate through the streets of Boston and eventually ended up in the hands of a DJ for a radio station in Boston.
The radio station began playing the single "Keep Away" and its success quickly soared the single to the number one spot on the station. After the success of "Keep Away", the band went back into the studio and recorded the song "Whatever" which became the new favorite on the radio station and helped the band to sell thousands of copies of their album per week.
Finally, after the demand for their album became too high, Republic Records/Universal Records stepped in and signed the band to their label in 1998. The band replaced Darco with Stewart and All Wound Up was remastered and released six weeks later as their self-titled debut album Godsmack.
"The first album we had a lifetime to write", Merrill said in an interview with the Sun-Gazette. "Then we toured for two years with the first record, so we basically had to write on the road for the second album. And at the same time we were dealing with becoming rock stars and all that."
According to the RIAA, by December 4, 2001, Godsmack's self-titled album has shipped four million copies in the United States and was certified 4× Platinum, making it Godsmack's most successful album to date.
The album caused controversy due to its profane lyrics without a Parental Advisory label. After listening to his son's copy of the album, a father in the U.S. complained to Wal-Mart, who sold him the album, that the lyrics were offensive. Wal-Mart and Kmart took the album off the shelves. The band and its record label later added a Parental Advisory sticker to the album, and some stores ordered amended copies of the album. Erna commented on the situation to Rolling Stone magazine, stating, "Our record has been in the marketplace for more than a year now without a parental advisory sticker and this is the one and only complaint. Stickers and lyrics are by nature subjective. We have decided to put a sticker on the record." This controversy did not hurt album sales, but according to Erna, helped, stating, "It's almost taunting kids to go out and get the record to see what we're saying on it."