by Sully ErnaSully Erna


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Recorded over a seven-year span, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna's solo debut may come as a surprise to fans expecting another chiseled collection of angst-fueled midtempo slabs of alternative metal. Erna's still filled with angst, but musically he's branched out, choosing the tribal, Far East motifs that have begun popping up on Godsmack's most recent albums over the bleak post-grunge approach that has earned them multiple Grammy nominations. This change is most evident on Avalon's opulent title cut, a sweeping, cinematic acoustic gem that sounds like a cross between Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" and Evanescence's "My Immortal." That sound expands to an even greater extent on the single "Sinner's Prayer," bolstered by guest vocalist Lisa Guyer, Bulgarian cellist Irina Chirkova, and Dead Can Dance percussionist Niall Gregory. As with all of Erna's work, the subject matter is intensely personal yet simply rendered, and the overall effect can be both majestic and sullen. The weight of the world does indeed grow heavier (for the listener) as the album progresses, but there's a lot to be said for managing to crank out such a powerful product with all of the amps turned off.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527462714
catalogNumber: 001462602
Rank: 8168


  1. Avalon
  2. 7 Years
  3. Broken Road
  4. Sinner's Prayer
  5. My Light
  6. The Rise
  7. Until Then...
  8. The Departed
  9. Eyes of a Child
  10. In Through Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sully Erna   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Steve Catizone   Keyboards
Chris Decato   Keyboards,Vocals
Irina Chirkova   Cello
Tim Theriault   Guitar,Vocals
Niall Gregory   Percussion,Drums
Chris Lester   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Lisa Guyer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sully Erna   Producer
Steve Catizone   Programming,Engineer
John Huff   Illustrations,Cover Art
Chris Decato   MIDI
Kevin Sheehy   Personal Assistant
Clay Patrick McBride   Cover Photo
Angelo Caputo   Engineer
Joe Clappa   Engineer

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