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Faceless
Studio album by Godsmack
Released April 8, 2003
Recorded The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, Florida
Genre Alternative metal, Hard Rock, Heavy metal, Post-Grunge
Length 47:26
Label Universal, Republic
Producer Sully Erna
David Bottrill
Professional reviews
Godsmack chronology
Awake
(2000)
Faceless
(2003)
The Other Side
(2004)
Singles from Faceless
  1. "Straight Out of Line"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Serenity"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Re-Align"
    Released: 2004

Faceless is the third studio album by the heavy metal band Godsmack. The album introduced the world to drummer Shannon Larkin, former drummer for Ugly Kid Joe.[1] The album was released on April 8, 2003.

The songs "Straight Out of Line" and "I Stand Alone" had Grammy nominations for 'Best Rock Song' and, 'Best Hard Rock Performance' respectively.[2]

Contents

Recording and lyrical themes

The writing and recording process, according to Erna, was a self-contained one in which the band holed up in a rented home in Miami, Florida and wrote without distraction or influence from the rock music scene going on around them.[3]

On the subject of the album, Erna told LAUNCH Media: "It's a bit more musical at times, it's a bit more melodic, but it's still raw," Erna said. "It's still tough. It's still got that Godsmack edge to it, but it's not quite as angry, maybe, as the past stuff has been. But it's still got its rawness...Well, I shouldn't say that. There's a couple of nasty fuckin' songs on this record. But all in all I think it's just really, I think, some well written stuff. I'm really proud of it."[4] Erna found inspiration after reading Rush drummer Neil Peart's book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road,[5] and penned the new song "Serenity", which Merrill says is similar in motif to the tribal-drum sound of Godsmack's past hit "Voodoo".

Release

Faceless debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 269,000 copies in its first week,[6] and the album would go on to sell over one million copies in the United States. Faceless managed to beat West Coast nu metal rival Linkin Park, with the release of their second studio album Meteora, which dropped to number two on the Billboard 200. Faceless also debuted at number nine on the Top Canadian Albums and at number one on the Top Internet Albums and remained at the specific chart for two weeks.

The lead single "Straight Out of Line" received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Hard Rock Performance." The award went to Evanescence's single, "Bring Me to Life".[7]

Erna remembered that the band was rehearsing for the tour a few months back when they got the news that the album had debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. "Well, we were in West Palm Beach, Florida rehearsing for this tour and the call came in and it blew my mind because we worked really hard on this record and we wanted people to love it and we wanted it to do well," Erna says. "But we had no idea that it would be the Number One album in the country and it's very gratifying to know that you're rewarded at times for the hard work you do."[8]

The song "I Fucking Hate You" appeared in the T.V. spots for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Reception

The album generally received mixed reception from critics, scoring 50 ("mixed or average reviews") on Metacritic.[9] Positive reviews came from the Alternative Press who referred to Faceless as "Unflinchingly heavy, this midtempo metal won't disappoint believers." and E! Online who stated it "Rages and riffs with epic drama".[9] Negative reviews focused on the guitar riffs and vocals. Allmusic gave the album two and a half stars out of five, stating that the album "grooves more fluidly than Awake, but the band still hasn't managed to locate the pop hooks that made their debut a success".[9] Entertainment Weekly criticized the "staccato riffing, constipated vocals and generic, rage-against-the-kidney-stone angst." while Rolling Stone called the vocals "almost laughable".[9]

Name origin

The album got its name after a pool incident, retold by Larkin: "Sully and I were standing up for one more jump, we're both there but-naked, and I look over to the left and there's some woman who had just opened the blinds standing there with her mouth wide open". Erna added, "She was just waking up, we go, 'Sorry', and then boom, right into the pool. The next thing we know the cops are banging on the door, and that's sort of the point of calling the record "Faceless".[10]

However, the album name, according to bassist Robbie Merrill, came from the band's feeling that, despite their amazing radio and sales success, they still flew a bit "under the radar."[11]

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Straight Out of Line"   Erna 4:19
2. "Faceless"   Erna 3:35
3. "Changes"   Erna, Rombola 4:19
4. "Make Me Believe"   Erna 4:08
5. "I Stand Alone"   Erna 4:07
6. "Re-Align"   Erna 4:20
7. "I Fucking Hate You"   Erna 4:08
8. "Releasing the Demons"   Erna 4:12
9. "Dead and Broken"   Erna 4:11
10. "I Am"   Erna 3:59
11. "The Awakening"   Erna 1:30
12. "Serenity"   Erna, Rombola 4:34

UK bonus tracks

# Title Length
1. "Keep Away (Live)"   7:42
2. "Awake (Live)"   5:39

Personnel

  • Peter Lubin - Merchandising
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Rod MacSween - Booking
  • Ben Sanders - Assistant Engineer, Pro-Tools
  • Kurt Schneck - Crew
  • Frank Sgambelone - Crew
  • Kevin Sheehy - Assistant
  • "Viggy" Vignola - Programming
  • Richie Voutselas - Crew

Chart positions

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 1
Top Internet Albums 1
Top Canadian Albums 9

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2002 "I Stand Alone" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Modern Rock Tracks 20
2003 "Straight Out of Line" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Modern Rock Tracks 9
Billboard Hot 100 73
"Serenity" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
2004 Modern Rock Tracks 10
"Re-Align" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
Modern Rock Tracks 28

Certification

Country Sales Certification Date Certification
United States 1,500,000+ May 12, 2003 Platinum

Faceless was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, signifying sales of more than 1,500,000 units.[12] The band have reached this benchmark a mere five weeks after the album's release in April.[13]

Release history

Country Date Label
United States April 8, 2003 Universal
United Kingdom April 22, 2003 Universal International

References

  1. ^ "Godsmack Ready For 'Faceless' Release". Yahoo! Music. 2003-04-08. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12047908. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  2. ^ "Ken Phillips Publicity Group - Godsmack". Ken Phillips Publicity Group. 2006-07-11. http://www.kenphillipsgroup.com/Phillips/godsmack.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  3. ^ "Godsmack... No Longer Faceless". Universal Motown Records Group. 2003-02-05. http://www.umrg.com/brands/default.aspx?bid=7&pg=90. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  4. ^ "Godsmack To Debut At Number One". Yahoo! Music. 2003-04-16. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12037444. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  5. ^ "Godsmack Set 'Serenity' As Next Single". Blabbermouth.Net. 2003-05-23. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=12208. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  6. ^ "Godsmack: 'Faceless' Debut At #1". Blabbermouth.Net. 2003-04-16. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=11391. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  7. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx?title=&winner=godsmack&year=0&genreID=0&hp=1. Retrieved 2007-11-10.  
  8. ^ "Godsmack Releases 'Serenity'". Yahoo! Music. 2003-07-01. http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12027208. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  9. ^ a b c d "Godsmack : Faceless (2003)". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/godsmack/faceless. Retrieved 28 January 2009.  
  10. ^ "Godsmack: Unpolished, Uncompromised". MTV. 2003-04-18. http://www.mtv.com/bands/g/godsmack/news_feature_030418/index2.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-11-10.  
  11. ^ Godsmack Metal Edge Magazine's 'First Truly Great Band of the Millennium' Hit the Road with a Vengeance Find Articles at BNET - FindArticles.com
  12. ^ "Universal Public Community - Biography". Universal Public Community. http://www.universalrepublic.com/community/artist/bio.aspx?mid=329428. Retrieved 2008-04-11.  
  13. ^ "Godsmack's 'Faceless' Certified Platinum!". Blabbermouth.Net. 2003-05-17. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=12059. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
Preceded by
Meteora by Linkin Park
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 20, 2003 - April 26, 2003
Succeeded by
Thankful by Kelly Clarkson







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