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The Oracle by Godsmack
Released: May 2010
Label: Republic / Universal
Godsmack have undergone numerous metamorphoses since dropping their debut album back in 1998. The group's fifth full-length, The Oracle, finds them turning back the clock. A lot of the production flourishes found on IV and Faceless have been stripped away in favor of brooding rawness. Heavy groovers like "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain" and "Shadow of a Soul" will have you thinking Godsmack dusted off their copies of Alice in Chains' Facelift and Dirt and rediscovered what they loved about vintage grunge.
Justin Farrar