Godsmack (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1998[1]
StudioNew Alliance Studios, Boston, Massachusetts
Godsmack chronology
All Wound Up
Singles from Godsmack
  1. "Whatever"
    Released: August 25, 1998
  2. "Keep Away"
    Released: June 11, 1999
  3. "Voodoo"
    Released: October 20, 1999
  4. "Bad Religion"
    Released: February 15, 2000

Godsmack is the major label debut album by American rock band Godsmack. It was released by Republic Records and Universal Records on August 25, 1998.[5] The album's recording was initially paid for by the band, at a cost of $2,600, at New Alliance Studios in Boston, and released through the band's own record label E. K. Records Company under the title All Wound Up... in February 1997.[5][6][7] When the band was signed to Republic/Universal in June 1998, All Wound Up... was partly edited and remixed, fully remastered at Sterling Sound in New York, and given a new artwork and layout before being re-released.[7][8][9]

The album was certified Gold on April 13, 1999, and Platinum on June 15, 1999,[10][9] the latter only nine days after it was controversially banned from several leading chain stores due to questionable lyrics and imagery.[10] A Parental Advisory sticker was quickly added before the album resumed distribution, ultimately reaching 4× Platinum on December 4, 2001.[11]


The album differs from All Wound Up... by splitting the song "Get Up, Get Out!" into two tracks (the intro portion being re-titled "Someone in London"). "Whatever", which was recorded in February 1998 as a separate single and was added as a bonus track to later pressings of All Wound Up..., was edited into the album itself and served as the lead single after the reissue.[6] The band had originally planned to keep "Whatever" for its next album (which later took shape as Awake), but included it on Godsmack.[7] An entire sample lifted from the 1995 film Murder In The First, was removed from the ending of "Moon Baby" because actor Gary Oldman would not grant permission of its use.[7] Another sample was also removed from the intro of "Bad Religion".[7]

The song "Going Down" was removed from the main edition of Godsmack, though it was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition. It was later re-recorded for the band's second major album Awake, under the slightly modified title "Goin' Down". Another song recorded at the same time as "Whatever" in February 1998, "Bad Magik", was only included as a Japanese bonus track on Godsmack, and was also later re-recorded for Awake, with the slightly modified title "Bad Magick".[7][8]

Other minor changes were made to songs' beginning and end fades during the remastering.[7][8] All Wound Up... was originally mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[12] but Godsmack was remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at Sterling Sound in New York City.[13] Erna played drums on all of the songs, except "Whatever" which featured Joe D'Arco.[12] Nevertheless, Tommy Stewart is credited as drummer in the liner notes.[13]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Hip Online7/10[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[15]

After playing the Boston area over the following two years, local radio stations WAAF, WBCN WFNX began playing the singles "Keep Away" and "Whatever", both of which helped the band to sell copies of their self-financed album All Wound Up. 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 drummer Joe D'Arco with Tommy Stewart and All Wound Up was remastered and released six weeks later as Godsmack.

On December 4, 2001, the album was certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA.[11]

Loudwire named Godsmack as one of the top 10 hard rock albums of 1998.[4]

In 1999, the album won a Boston Music Award for Debut Album of the Year.[16]


The album caused controversy due to its profane lyrics, and liner notes containing a Wiccan pentagram and reference to "Salem witches", minus a Parental Advisory warning label.[17][10] After listening to his son's copy of the album, a father in the U.S. complained to Walmart, who sold him the album, that the lyrics were offensive. Walmart 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."

Track listing[edit]

1."Moon Baby"Sully Erna4:23
3."Keep Away"Erna4:50
4."Time Bomb"Erna4:00
5."Bad Religion"3:14
7."Someone in London" (instrumental)Rombola2:03
8."Get Up, Get Out!"Erna3:30
9."Now or Never"Erna5:06
  • Erna
  • Merrill
12."Voodoo" (the hidden track "Witch Hunt" begins at 6:40, after two minutes of silence)
  • Erna
  • Merrill
Total length:55:14
Japanese edition bonus tracks
12."Goin' Down"
  • Erna
  • Rombola
  • Merrill
13."Bad Magik"Erna4:17
Total length:62:53


  • The Japanese bonus tracks are situated before "Voodoo" as tracks 12 and 13.
  • Track 13 is an early version of "Bad Magick", later re-recorded and released on Awake.
  • On some digital versions, the hidden track "Witch Hunt" is omitted from "Voodoo".
  • On original pressings, "Bad Religion" has a length of 3:41.






Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States August 25, 1998
  • Republic
  • Universal
Japan May 30, 2000 Republic


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  6. ^ a b "All Wound Up..." The Best I Ever Did. May 1998. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
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  8. ^ a b c Carriere, Nicola (December 16, 1999). "Godsmack Interview". Broken Silence. Archived from the original on April 26, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "We are putting out the same CD". Blast to the Moon. August 1998. Archived from the original on October 13, 1999. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  10. ^ a b c Morse, Steve (June 16, 1999). "For Godsmack, being banned is good". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 22, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ a b c "American album certifications – Godsmack – Godsmack". Recording Industry Association of America.
  12. ^ a b c d All Wound Up... liner notes. E. K. Records Company. 1997.
  13. ^ a b c d Godsmack liner notes. Republic Records/Universal Records. 1998.
  14. ^ Hip Online Review
  15. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 334. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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