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Smack attack
By Rhonda Chisholm
Victoria News
Jun 28 2006

Godsmack puts on a devil of
a show at the Victoria arena.

What a crowd! For the first time since I've lived in Victoria, fans were out in full force to pay kudos to their god, Godsmack!

And to the devil man for making my night with the band start with a crazy ass, very memorable mosh pit. Let's all take the time now to thank Sully Erna for taking the lead and creating what is known today as Godsmack and at the same time introducing us to one of the greatest drum duos of all time. That was absolutely the highlight of the show.

If you missed this band, you missed out on a night of real metal with the crowd, acoustics and all-together head banging and chanting that goes along with it.

The world had its first taste of Godsmack in 1996 when members Erna, Robbie Merrill and Tony Rombola hit the studio and recorded their first CD, titled All Wound Up. Boston become their first home where they earned a strong reputation for being a great live band.

The draw became bigger and bigger until the debut CD eventually landed in the hands of a DJ at WAAF, a Boston radio station. Godsmack's first headlining tour, "The Voodoo Tour," grew the band's fan base by substantial numbers. It landed time slots on Ozzfest 1999 and 2000, and a European tour with Black Sabbath, not to mention an appearance at Woodstock 1999.

In 2000, Godsmack released its second CD, Awake. The CD's instrumental track "Vampires" earned the band its first Grammy nomination.

In 2002, "I Stand Alone" became the most played active rock song in 2002 for 14 weeks straight. In April of 2003 "Faceless" became the No. 1 selling record in the U.S. for one week. "Faceless" also brought another tour that ran 23 months strong

In March 2004, "Awake" was born, spawning a side tour of its own. Godsmack filled in breaks from the big stage with Metallica with intimate storytelling acoustic shows giving heir fans the explanation behind the title, "The Other Side."

If you ever have the chance to watch this band rock out be sure not to miss it.