Godsmack To "Awake" In October

They may be preparing for Ozzfest 2000, but the Boston hard rockers of Godsmack are also managing to make some major headway on a new album.

"We are in the mixing stage," Godsmack frontman Sully Erna told MTV News when the band hit the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles last weekend. "We have about three songs left, and we are hoping to drop it in October."

The "it" in question currently bears the working title "Awake" and would be the band's first album since its 1997 self-titled debut hit stores.

"I think it's pretty happening," Erna said of the material the band has pulled together for the new album. "I like the vibe. It's a little bit more aggressive. It's a little bit more raw, but it still has a lot of cool Godsmack groove to it, so I think that anybody who's into the first record should like this one. I think it's everything that Godsmack fans are anticipating, hopefully."

The band knows that it has a lot to live up to after watching "Godsmack" go

double platinum on the strength of singles like "Whatever," "Keep Away," and "Voodoo." For the album's eagerly awaited follow-up, Erna (the band's chief songwriter) promised to once again write from the heart and expected the results to be appropriately aggressive.

"It's just a way for me to vent my emotions and get out some aggressions without having to go beat up an old lady or rob a bank or something," Erna explained. "I find different things that aggravate me because I have a really hard time writing when I'm happy. I usually write when I'm depressed or a little bit angry at someone... I think it's the best kind of therapy you could do.

"I really think that if you have something bothering you, the best thing to do is to get it off your chest. There's a lot of talented artists out

there like Jonathan [Davis of Korn] and Fred Durst and the guys in Staind that were gifted with a talent in order to do that. I think it's a great thing." [RealVideo]

Before putting the finishing touches on all that aggression, Godsmack will hit the main stage of Ozzfest 2000 with Pantera, Static-X, Incubus, and Ozzy Osbourne himself, among others. If you want to catch it, here's how the itinerary looks:

  • 7/2 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
  • 7/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
  • 7/6 - Nashville, TN @ Amsouth Pavilion
  • 7/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
  • 7/10 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
  • 7/12 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 7/14 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 7/16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake Amphitheater
  • 7/18 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris
  • 7/20 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
  • 7/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Entertainment Center
  • 7/24 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
  • 7/26

    - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC

  • 7/29 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 7/30 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 8/4 - Tinley Park, IL @ The World
  • 8/6 - Milwaukee, WI @ Alpine Valley
  • 8/8 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend
  • 8/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek
  • 8/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Float Rite Park
  • 8/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Riverport
  • 8/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone
  • 8/18 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex
  • 8/20 - Baytown, TX @ Houston Raceway
  • 8/24 - Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
  • 8/26 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline
  • 8/28 - Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
  • 8/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 9/2 - San Bernadino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavilion