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Godsmack Makes Legends And London Rise At The Kentish Town Forum

For over twenty years, Massachusetts rockers Godsmack has been putting out acclaimed and relatable music, appealing to fans of rock, metal and even mainstream listeners. Last year, the band celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their eponymous debut album, by releasing a new studio album, "When Legends Rise." The record has seen a slight shift in sound but has done well commercially. But how do the new songs sound live? Let's find out!

Supporting Godsmack on this European trek was New Zealand rock/metal band Like A Storm. Having seen them twice before at Graspop, I know that these boys can throw down as hard as anyone. Their selling point that separates them from other young bands is their use of the didgeridoo (an instrument native to New Zealand and Australia.) The unique take on hard rock makes them the perfect choice to support Godsmack, as they're not too far from the headlining bands sound but far enough to offer the crowd something different. A storming performance from the Kiwis surely made them more than a few new fans tonight and hopefully it won't be too long until they return to Britain.

It was then time for the evening's headliners, Godsmack to take to the stage. As expected, there was plenty on offer from "When Legends Rise," including the title track as the set opener, while fans were also treated to the first live performance from another song from the record, "Under Your Scars," while the single, "Bulletproof" was also brought out to a great response. Other recent songs from the previous album, "1000 HP" such as "Something Different" and the title track were also on display, which also went down very well.

Of course, there was no shortage of classics to delight fans old and new, including, "Awake" and "Voodoo," with the band gelling as a tight and cohesive unit from start to finish, making these songs sound just as fresh as the new material. Frontman Sully Erna was in great voice throughout, aided by many fans who were just as eager to sing the songs too. There was plenty of surprises for the crowd too, including a cover of the AC/DC classic, "Highway To Hell" and the aforementioned premiere of "Under Your Scars." Still more treats were in store, including "Keep Away," a personal favourite and a fiery rendition of "I Stand Alone" to finish the night off. All in all, Godsmack may have their detractors, but I would advise anyone to catch them live. Great fun and great rock music.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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