- Sully Erna: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, harmonica (1995-present)
- Tony Rombola: lead guitar, backing vocals (1997-present)
- Robbie Merrill: bass, (1995-present)
- Shannon Larkin: drums, percussion (2002-present)
Erna was a drummer since the age of 3, and wanted to form a new band in which he would sing rather than play drums, resulting in this band. The name is partly inspired by Alice in Chains' song "God Smack", as well as an In-Joke about someone with a cold sore on his lip. After independently releasing an album and becoming a live favorite, the band signed to Republic/Universal and released their professionally-produced Self-Titled Album (a remastered and restructured version of their debut).
Many metalheads hate them, often calling them out as Alice in Chains ripoffs, but many will contradict this statement. It's hard not to hear that they sound like them, but they have enough elements of their own to create their own radio-friendly style of metal.
In February 2014, Godsmack began writing for their long-awaited sixth album. It came out in August of that year, and is called 1000hp.
- 1998: Godsmack
- 2000: Awake
- 2003: Faceless
- 2006: IV
- 2010: The Oracle
- 2014: 1000hp
- 2018: When Legends Rise
Godsmack demonstrates the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic: "Whiskey Hangover"
- Badass Boast: Cryin' Like a Bitch has a few good ones.
- Cover Version: Sweet Leaf
- How We Got Here: "1000hp" is about the transition from Godsmack's origins to their current lifestyle.
- Take That!: Cryin' Like a Bitch is directed at Nikki Sixx, after Cruefest II.
- The Faceless: Their album cover for Faceless.
- Alternative Metal
- Follow the Leader: While not a ripoff or anything like that, they do take a lot of their sound from bands like Alice in Chains or Metallica
- Hard Rock
- Heavy Metal
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Around a 7. They occasionally have softer music, which is in the 4 range.
- Post-Grunge: One of the heaviest examples.