The Boston-based quartet, frontman Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rambola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Tommy Stewart, initially made noise on a regional level with the 1997 independent release All Wound Up, before landing a deal with Universal and reissuing the album in â€™98. Stewart, who was temporarily replaced by Joe D'Arco, returned to the band just as it began to experience greater success with the combination of Erna's gruff vocals and the band's heavy, sludge-like instrumental attacks. Fueled by such rock hits as "Keep Away" and "Whatever" and a slot on the OzzFest tour, Godsmack eventually sold more than 3 million copies. In 2000, Godsmack returned to prove its first effort was no fluke. Awake debuted at No. 5 on the national sales chart, and spawned more rock radio hits, including the chart-topping title track. Aside from the radio and sales success, the band scored its first Grammy in 2002 for best rock instrumental performance for the Awake track "Vampires."
In November of 2008 the band reformed to return to the studio and in turn released The Oracle (2010) this past spring. Arriving to popular reception, The Oracle was Godsmack's third straight full-length studio album to debut at No. 1 with 117,000 sold in the first week of release. Drummer Shannon Larkin describes it as "a monster of a record and a return to the band's original sound", while Sully Erna calls it the bands "heaviest album to date". They began touring in promotion of the new album in August and will continue to tour throughout North America through November. Godsmack will play the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on October 8th.