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these guys need to be inducted! they know how to rock and put on a show. they toured with metallica for godsakes

Posted by colleen on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 18:55pm

Are you serious? First of all these guys are clearly not innovative at all. I can listen to their music and instantly tell you who they were influenced by. They wear their influences on their sleeves. All their songs pretty much sound identical- ex. 'Enemy' and 'Bad Religion' have strikingly similar riffs- and all their songs have pretty much the same message- "get away". clearly not influential and clearly not innovators but any means.

Posted by jacob on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 23:25pm

Why would anyone listen to a strictly inferior version of Alice in Chains?

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 23:19pm

Well, for one, Godsmack has been popular for much longer, and have more appeal to a general metal audience, whereas I have only heard of Alice because they had a song on Burnout Dominator (Which, by the way, was a bad song).

Every band has been influenced by some other band, and this isn't a bad thing.

People seem to think Marylin Manson is good, when over half of his songs are re-makes of other writer's songs.

Godsmack is a very good band, but not good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. The Hall is for real legends. Godsmack didn't do anything revolutionary, they simply brought us good old fashioned metal.

Posted by King Wiley on Wednesday, 04.25.07 @ 17:11pm

Please god no. They have a 50/50 chance at this point.

Posted by Jeff on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 18:49pm

A cheap-ass Alice In Chains wannabe band doesn't deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame. Same goes with Creed and Puddle of Mudd for also copying grunge bands.

Posted by Tom on Sunday, 11.11.07 @ 10:05am

Being an Alice in Chains fan doesn't make one an Alice in Chain wannabe, right? The difference is distinct. Alice in Chains was a grunge band, Godsmack was a heavy metal band. Yes, they were heavily influced by Alice in Chains, but their music was distinct...and really, really good.

I certainly wouldn't list them together with Creed, Puddle of Mudd, Seether (bands like that). They're much more similar in vein to bands like Disturbed, Tool (who also is an influencer of theirs)...aka *metal* bands.

Posted by Me on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 17:39pm

I'm not really sure how "distinct" they were, although I do like a fair share of their work. Most of it holds up better than the third-raters in the modern metal universe. Layne Staley probably had a better set of pipes than Sully Erma, but Erma holds better than the nameless, faceless nu-metal folks of recently. Some of it also has to do w/the instrumentation. Most modern metal is being driven by 7-string guitars, and they tend to create sounds that resemble a skull-crushing vise. Alice definitely had more going on w/in the song dynamics, not only in instrumentation (the latin elements & strings on "No Excuses" & "I Stay Away"), but also w/in the structures of songs like "Heaven Beside You" (a nice blues riff turning into a squall). Godsmack did hit the mark once - the song "Voodoo" is arguably the best & most genuinely atmospheric song that "nu-metal" ever produced.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 19:07pm

i personally think that godsmack is way underrated. look at them live, they put on a great show and sound great live unlike alot of bands now a days. and a badass singer/Sully. and the insane drummer shannon larkin. i think that sully and godsmack deserve it

Posted by anon on Tuesday, 02.24.09 @ 17:05pm

Totally underrated band.

If you want to knock them for being derivative, musically, that's fair. But it doesn't acknowledge that they're insanely good at what they do.

The bottom line is that they're a mainstream hard rock/arena rock band - the scourge of indie-geeks everywhere. But in the late 90s, NO new band was willing to stand up, be proud to be rock stars, and put on a big show where they go out of their way to make sure the fans got their moneys worth. Godsmack brought back energy at a time when too many bands were content to stand stationary on stage and mumble.

At a time when wimp-rock dominated the scene, they brought BALLS back to rock & roll, and God bless 'em for it.

Now, they're a decade into their career, with a canon of hit songs, and they're still one of the biggest and one of the best live bands around.

Shannon Larkin is an insane drummer, and deserves to be mentioned in the elite canon alongside Bonham, Moon, Peart, etc.

If there's anybody from the late 90s that has earned this kind of consideration, it's Godsmack.

Posted by Ralph Wiggham on Thursday, 03.26.09 @ 12:13pm

They ARE an Alice in Chains wannabe. Listen to "Voodoo" and then listen to "long gone day" by Mad Season. It's pathetic, and it's pathetic America's memory is so short that most people don't notice it. I'm all for recycling and all, but not in music.

Posted by notanemodipshit on Friday, 10.23.09 @ 21:23pm

Godsmack is really one of those bands I wish would just go away, most of their riffs, that you jam out to, were stolen from other bands, the ones they do write themselves (if any) are trash, and they're an Alice In Chains cover band, they have no originality!! it's 2010 and they're still ripping shit off from Alice In Chains
it's not enough they take their name from the song off the 1992 album Dirt, they take the sun logo Layne Staley designed and make it into their own watered down version, they name their album similar to another AIC album (Facelift)and call their's Faceless, they make a song called Voodoo that sounds like Mad Season "Long Gone Day" (Layne Staley's Side Band)their song "get up Get out" sounds exactly like Alice In Chains "it ain't like that" and now back to their Newest album they have a song called "love hate sex pain" the title for this song was clearly robbed from the Alice In Chains Song "love hate love" and also lyrics from another Alice In Chains song called "confusion" love sex pain confusion suffering your there crying I feel not a thing, I can tell you of more things they plagiarized, but I'd be here all night listing them all

Posted by SAP on Friday, 05.14.10 @ 04:19am

Godsmack is a rip-off band. Their music is not innovative, at all. I've listened to their music until I couldn't stand it anymore.

They're not good, at least in my opinion.

They sound like a grunge band, not that there's anything wrong with the grunge genre, but I don't see any relevance in their music.

Posted by Brittany on Friday, 01.14.11 @ 07:52am

Godsmack is awesome and the people who dont like them dont enjoy real music. If you stepped a day in Sullys shoes you couldnt handle it

Posted by Griffin on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 17:02pm

yes, these guys are the few that are trying to keep at least some branch of rock alive. they're original, and very talented musicians. I say YES.

Posted by MrFiction on Tuesday, 12.6.11 @ 11:37am

Anyone who says yes to this band must have been born after Kurt Cobain killed himself. Otherwise some brain damage has likely occurred.

Posted by Kevin on Tuesday, 01.8.13 @ 02:55am

They not only stole their name and sound from AIC, but godsmack went as far as to steal their sun logo from them too.

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 06:19am

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