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Gig Pick: Godsmack at the Canadian Tire Centre—05.10.19

By Landon Entwistle on May 7, 2019



On Friday evening, Ottawa will host one of biggest hard rock acts that has been closing in on 25 years as a band. Godsmack have been filling arenas and festivals for years, providing a high intensity rock show full of pyrotechnices and aggression.

Alongside them are Copenhagen’s Volbeat, another giant in the hard rock scene, providing a stacked double bill for fans. On May 10, they will make their way to the Canadian Tire Centre for a night of chunky guitar riffs and arena rock anthems.

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Godsmack have been touring hard since their February 2018 release of When Legends Rise and look to finish strong with their second last show of the tour. The band are as tight-knit as ever, with founding members Sully Erna and Robbie Merrill in their prime and Tony Rombola cranking out riffs effortlessly.

Not to be missed on drums, Shannon Larkin exudes energy throughout the entire set, attacking his kit with hard-hitting rhythms at a blistering pace.

One thing that Godsmack have always been on top of is innovating their sound. When the band was hitting stardom in the early 2000s, they were a part of the post-grunge nu-metal scene and produced multiple hits such as “I Stand Alone” and “Voodoo”. As time went on, Godsmack has moved towards a more polished hard rock sound, featured in songs “1000hp” and the newer “When Legends Rise.”

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On the other side of the double bill, Danish rockers Volbeat blend genres at ease—part psychobilly, groove metal, and hard rock—to form a unique sound. Whether it be from the banjo on songs like “Doc Holiday”, to their biggest hit in Canada “A Warrior’s Call”.

Before they join Slipknot on their North American tour this summer, Volbeat look to close out their Seal The Deal and Let’s Boogie album era, as there are plans for a new release in 2019. Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Michael Poulsen, Volbeat will have the grooves flowing early, as the band are able to keep things heavy while producing infectious opening riffs on each song.

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The 11-show Canadian tour has received rave reviews so far, as the duo of Godsmack and Volbeat is one not to be missed.

Godsmack and Volbeat play Ottawa on Friday May 10 at the Canadian Tire Centre beginning at 7pm. There are still some tickets available for the show here starting from $45.