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London gets smacked by the gods of rock

By Ryan Grosman
Gazette Writer

On Friday night, God paid a visit to London - Godsmack, that is.

Godsmack, a hard rock band led by vocalist Sully Erna and his large throbbing neck, literally rocked Centennial Hall. The group immediately brought fans to their feet when they opened their set with "Awake," the title track off their second album. Those who knew the words (and there were many) sang along with Sully. The crowd became one.

Throughout the set Godsmack played songs from all three of their albums: Godsmack, Awake and the recently released Faceless. They pumped up the crowd with tracks like "Faceless," the title song off their new album and "I Stand Alone," from The Scorpion King soundtrack. As well, "Whatever," Godsmack's bread-and-butter song, lifted the crowd to new heights.

The concert goers remained standing and energetic until the end of the show, convincing the band to return to the stage to play two encore tracks. Perhaps the highlight of the concert occurred when a young woman ascended the stage and got her buttocks "Godsmacked" by the band members.

Centennial Hall, despite its poor acoustics, uncomfortable seats and incredibly small capacity, offered a certain intimacy with the band you don't experience in larger venues. The tiny hall allowed every single audience member to be a part of the show, whether they were in the balcony or on the floor.

Opening for Godsmack was St. Catharine's very own Alexisonfire, an energetic punk band. Alexisonfire sounded fairly good, but the band could likely fare better without the lead "singer," who relentlessly tumbled around the stage making inaudible throaty grunting noises.

Also opening for Godsmack was a death-metal, Slipknot-wanna-be band called Mushroomhead, whose eight members sported creepy masks and makeup. Albeit, the star of the show (and rightfully so) was Godsmack.




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