Review: Godsmack – Awake (Rock)

This review covers the alternative metal track Godsmack – Awake.

This track was released in 2000 on the album Awake.

The track starts with lead guitars and a drum kit. This ends with shorter guitar notes and some subtle whispering. After that, the lead guitars and drum kit continues.

After some long notes, the vocals then join the track. Shortly after, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. This is capped off with the shorter notes and whispering. An instrumental section follows.

From there, the vocals then take the track into verse. Right after, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. This section ends with the vocals fading out with a reverberation effect.

The lead guitars then return for an instrumental section. The vocals then return. A delay effect is added to the vocals for a brief moment. After a bit, there is an instrumental section. A guitar solo then follows. A slight wah effect is applied to the guitar.

After that, the vocals return for the main chorus again. This is capped off with another instrumental section. The drum kit then leads the track out.

For me, the vocals are OK. They can be a bit hard to understand at times, but they weren’t terrible either. I can honestly think of a number of worse examples of garbled lyrics from more mainstream acts.

Meanwhile, the guitar work itself is actually quite good. The guitar solo is actually pretty good. The only problem I found with them is that the instrumental sections were a bit long and repetitious after a while. As a result, the track does have a bit of a drawn out feel to it.

Some of the transitions could use some work. There are a few times where the track just melts from verse to chorus which blurs the structure.

Overall, this is an OK track, but nothing huge. It can be a bit drawn out at times with the long instrumental sections. The guitar work is pretty good especially with that solo. Vocals are decent. Not a track to get overly excited over, but not a terrible track either.


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