Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has set Hometown Life as the title of his second solo album. Although a firm release date has yet to be finalized, the disc will arrive sometime later this year. Erna has also unveiled the cover art and track list for the 10-song collection, which will follow up his 2010 solo debut, Avalon.

Erna told us a while back why doing solo projects are important to him: [“I need that vehicle to vent other kinds of music through and I can’t always do it through Godsmack, because Godsmack needs to be that powerhouse, tough, raw rock band, and there’s a whole other side of me that’s really nice to capture and not have to worry about being judged because it’s coming out on a Godsmack record.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . a Godsmack record.)

  • Erna intends to tour behind Hometown Life, as he did for Avalon, although at the moment the only date on his schedule is July 16th at the Mohegan Sun Theater in Uncasville, Connecticut.
  • Avalon featured a very different style than what Erna does with Godsmack, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other sounds.
  • Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin have also launched an extracurricular project called The Apocalypse Blues Revue. Their self-titled debut disc is due out on August 26th.
  • Godsmack’s sixth studio album, 1000 Horsepower, was released in August 2014.

SIDE NOTES: Songs on Hometown Life include the title track, “Your Own Drum,” “Different Kind Of Tea,” “Take All Of Me,” “Don’t Comfort Me,” “Turn It Up!”, “Forever My Infinity,” “Blue Skies,” “Father Of Time” and “Fallin’ To Black.”

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s the cover art:

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INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

John W. Hill wrote: “Is this where Sully gets in touch with his country roots?”

Chuck Smith wrote: “Love his solo stuff, so I’ll definitely check this out.”

Matthew Morgan wrote: “Big fan of Avalon and Sully. Will definitely check it out. However, I hope we get a new Godsmack album in the near future. Really enjoyed 1000 HP.”

Mark Bennett wrote: “Avalon was very good. Totally different style. Great show to see live, as well.”