The Oracle For those who love Black Sabbath more than Santa Claus, and would trade their firstborn for a lock of James Hetfield's hair, multiplatinum metal proselytizers… The Oracle For those who love Black Sabbath more than Santa Claus, and would trade their firstborn for a lock of James Hetfield's hair, multiplatinum metal proselytizers… 2010-05-04 Godsmack Rock
Music Review

The Oracle (2010)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: May 04, 2010; Lead Performance: Godsmack; Genre: Rock

For those who love Black Sabbath more than Santa Claus, and would trade their firstborn for a lock of James Hetfield's hair, multiplatinum metal proselytizers Godsmack seem like a gimme. Except that almost everything about them comes off like a cheap, store-brand version of the genre's best: old Pantera riffs, turgid Alice in Chains imagery, sub-Metallica howls. The Oracle is not terrible, just thoroughly second-rate. C–

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Originally posted May 12, 2010 Published in issue #1103 May 21, 2010 Order article reprints