There are few bands that I can honestly say I could watch every night and never lose my enthusiasm. Godsmack not only joined that list with their stellar August 12, 2011 performance at Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011, they've taken over the top spot.
Seriously, I'd walk to see these guys in concert.
When Godsmack hit the stage as direct support for headliners Disturbed, Mayhem Festival truly earned its name.
From the very start of their set, there wasn't an ass-warmed seat in what has become Atlanta's home for Mayhem, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood. As soon as they opened with "Cryin' Like a Bitch" from their latest release, The Oracle, the audience became a sea of swirling bodies. From the pit to the lawn, spontaneous mosh pits opened up and the bodies of crowd surfers went flying overhead. Seriously. Song one, four seconds in--the first body goes airborne.
As Godsmack ripped through a set list that included past hits like "Speak," "Voodoo," and "Whatever," it was clear that Atlanta had lost its mind--apparently that's not unusual.
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Also clear was the power that Godsmack is packing with their latest album, The Oracle. The Oracle definitely proved its debut in the #1 spot on Billboard's Top 200 with Godsmack's live performance in Atlanta. "Forever Shamed," "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain" and "Cryin' Like a Bitch" were included in the set and they turned out to be some of the strongest songs for audience participation.
The fact that the band was in serious danger of being drowned out by the audience singing along (no small feat) was just further proof that with The Oracle, Godsmack has transitioned well musically into the new decade. From their post-grunge beginning in the 1990s, Godsmack has grown into a powerhouse alternative metal band. They have newly cemented their place as musical pioneers for the next generation.
When it comes to live performances, it just doesn't get any better--Godsmack is easily one if the best touring bands on the circuit toda,y and if you get a chance to see them for yourself, I'd highly recommend that you get your ass out to the rock and roll show. This is a show that no one should miss.
It should be noted as well, that Godsmack rarely performs in the role of support act these days. It's just one more thing that makes you appreciate their down-to-earth attitude; they had no problem jumping into the support role, allowing the Mayhem Festival 2011 headlining spot to go to fellow veteran rockers Disturbed. This is a band that is all about the music, the fans, and supporting other artists. Godsmack is proving to be a band who is going to not only influence, but lead the pack in the next musical evolution and that is refreshing--the world of metal definitely needs more bands like them.