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Welcome back: Godsmack

The US arena rock heroes return refreshed, recharged, with a new album, Europe and Nikki Sixx in their sights.

After three US No.1 albums on the bounce (starting with 2003’s Faceless) and several sold-out arena tours, a frazzled Godsmack risked career suicide by taking a much-needed break at the end of 2012. They needn’t have worried, as their new album, 1000hp, reached the US Top 3 this summer. As the band basked in the glow of their successful return, we spoke with frontman Sully Erna about band tensions, cracking Europe and upsetting Mötley Crüe.

Why was it four years between your last two albums?

We took a long break because we were burnt out from fifteen years on the road. We wanted to lay low and clear our heads. I did a solo project, the guys did some side projects, and there were questions on whether we would return.

How did you get to that point?

Balance is important, and before we didn’t understand that concept. We were working, album after album after album, without breaks. We felt we needed to constantly feed the career. You need to know when to take a break without feeling like you’ll take a year off and lose your fanbase. Taking a break wasn’t an option – it was a demand. We didn’t care what the consequences were, we were in a critical condition and needed to heal.

1000hp is out now via Spinefarm Records

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