Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Godsmack w/ Saint Caine
If there were a church dedicated to Alice in Chains, Godsmack would be there every Sunday. Named for an Alice in Chains song and fronted by Sully Erna, a singer obviously indebted to the late Layne Staley, the group has even followed a similar trajectory as the renowned grunge band, moving from a harder, metal sound to more acoustic territory. They make more of a direct plea for the Ozzfest crowd than Alice in Chains ever did, however. Their breakthrough single, “I Stand Alone,” was the aural equivalent of watching a screaming professional wrestler shotgun a case of Old Styles, while their 2010 single “Cryin’ Like a Bitch” was as brash as its title. That song came from the group’s latest record, The Oracle, one of the heaviest records they’ve ever made.