Godsmack will enter the studio in early 2017 to begin work on the follow-up to 2014’s 1000 Horsepower album, according to an interview guitarist Tony Rombola did with Fargo, North Dakota radio station Q105.1 this past weekend. Asked if the band had any new music on the horizon, Rombola said, “Not this year. We’re gonna start at the beginning of next year.”

Singer Sully Erna told us not long ago that the band’s next studio effort will be an evolution for Godsmack: [“Even as we start to write the new music, I really think the new record is gonna be a reflection of where we’re at in our lives now. I think it’s gonna be a lot more uplifting, a lot more neutral rock music. Not metal, you know, not — it’s not gonna be too classic rock, but it’s certainly not gonna be metal. And I think, you know, I think bands like the Foo Fighters do it great.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . do it great.)

  • Godsmack finished touring for 1000 Horsepower last year and played its only show of 2016 over the weekend at the Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota.
  • The band released a song called “Inside Yourself” last year, its only new musical output since the last album.
  • Erna is prepping for the release of Hometown Life, his second solo album, which will arrive sometime later this year and follow up his 2010 solo debut, Avalon.
  • Rombola and Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin are focusing on their new project, the Apocalypse Blues Review, whose self-titled debut disc is due out August 26th.