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Godsmack Back In The Studio For 20th Anniversary Album

Godsmack is getting back in gear again.

Frontman Sully Erna posted a photo on Instagram of an electric guitar leaning on an amplifier in the studio, with the note, "Let the writing begin...#godsmack7 #20thanniversary #2018."

Let the writing begin... #godsmack7 #20thanniversary #2018

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The message, of course, references what will be Godsmack's seventh album -- the follow-up to 2014's 1000hp -- as well as next year's 20th anniversary of the group's self-titled debut album.

There's no word yet on a planned release date for the new album, but Erna tells us there's definitely a plan in place:

"We could've done something this year...but we were just like, 'Y'know what? Let's wait one more, 'cause in 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of our first album, so we're thinking that's a lot cooler. We don't know how much longer we're gonna go for; We may do another five, 10 records, this may be the last one, I don't know. But I do know that for whatever reason, if we decided not to do it anymore I think a better way of being remembered is going out and doing a real theme-based show around the first album, play the whole first record front to back and then do all the hits and the new stuff and the fun stuff. And so that's why we're gonna wait -- record...and do an early 2018 release and then do a world tour with that."


Erna spent the last part of 2016 releasing and promoting his second solo album, Hometown Life, and may play some shows with his own band later this year.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.