Release Date: Out now
The writing process, according to Shannon Larkin, was collaborative, stating that all four members of the band wrote the songs and Sully came up with the lyrics:
It’s collaborative. We’re all in the room and we write the songs. Sully steps in with the vocals. So we write all the music first typically, and then he takes the tape of music and starts doing the lyric thing, writing lyrics and melodies, and then he’ll come over excited and sing it to us, and we’ll be “yeah” or “nay.” But he’s pretty great for that because he doesn’t get excited much, so when he gets something that he thinks is good, it’s usually really good.
Like I said, when I said collaborative, on the new record we did this all four of us in a room. Like all four, we’ll play a riff, I’ll come in with the drums, and next thing you know were jamming, and then it sounds like a verse, or a chorus or breakdown part. And then we’ll stop. “Alright, man, we got a great verse, let’s try to get a chorus for it.” So, you know, that’s how the process goes. So it is a full band collaboration, much more than ever.”
Shannon Larkin described the sound of the upcoming album: “Whiskey Hangover is a good clue, and that’s what we’re going for. It’s more simplistic than the last record â€” less bluesy, more heavy, but you know we wanted to get back to the original sound of the band and what made this band happen in the first placeâ€¦.simple heavy rock, so that’s where were kind of shooting for on this one.”
When interviewed by Away-Team.com, Larkin described the sound as a sort of return to the band’s self-titled album, stating that: “It’s going to be a monster. The drums sound incredible, Sully Erna’s voice is on fireâ€¦ it’s gonna be much more like the first record; much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs. We’re working with Dave Fortman who I was lucky enough to play with in Ugly Kid Joe and who has done production for Slipknot and Mudvayne, to name a few. He and Sully are co-producing the record and they make a great team.”
In an early March 2009 interview with Rockerrazzi.com, Sully Erna stated that “the album is gonna be really heavy. I mean, it’s very aggressive. I’m not really sure; it’s very premature right now. Right now we just finished one track for the CrÃ¼e Fest this Summer. But as far as the whole record goes, I think it’s going to be a lot more in your face. I don’t think there’s going to be any ‘Voodoo’s or ‘Serenity’s on this one. We decided to go balls out!”.
According to Shannon Larkin, the band is recording one track at a time, stating that, “One of the cool things about this album is that we’re recording it one track at a time. What I mean by that is, instead of me just laying down the drum tracks and then the band coming back in and laying down all the guitar, vocals, bass and stuffâ€¦we actually do one tune and then complete it before we move on to recording the next one. It’s so cool because we get to hear what everything is going to sound like almost immediately and I’m not just laying down my drum tracks and then sitting around for the rest of the time waiting for it all to be done before I get to hear anything finished. It makes it way more exciting to record like this.”
Sully Erna has stated that he’s proud of the band’s track record so far, “You know, it is nice to know that we’re creating stuff that’s just kind of living on and that does really well in the active rock stations and the hard rock world and that kind of stuff. So we’re in that middle ground. We’re not quite as poppy as like Aerosmith, but yet we’re not as dark and metal as, you know, the Slipknots or the Metallicas or whatever. So we’re kind of like that in-between band.”
In a video posted on Rockpit.com, Sully Erna encouraged the fans to buy the album, stating that
In January 15, 2010, the band joined forces with RockPit.com to promote the album. RockPit.com will contain exclusive clips directed by Daniel E Catullo, updated weekly, of the band recording the fifth album.
Rockpit.com has created a series of 15 webisodes for Godsmack fans describing the process, rituals and methodology of making an album. A new webisode will be released every Monday, each will run about 7 minutes long filled with exclusive content, behind the scenes footage, interviews and sneak peeks at their newest songs.
When Daniel Catullo was asked about the idea behind documenting them making The Oracle, he stated that, “We felt that over the course of 10 years of me filming the band we have done it all; the stadium show, the small initmate acoustic performance, the arena show and the mini-movie. The only thing we haven’t done was document the recording of a record. Quite frankly it was the only thing left to do with them that wouldn’t be repeating history!”
According to Hard Drive XL, the first official single off the album is “Cryin’ Like A Bitch”. It got radio airplay on February 23, 2010.