Sully Erna to release debut solo album in the UK via Spinefarm

Sully Erna – singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, all-round creative spirit and frontman with US rock behemoths Godsmack – will release his debut solo album, ‘Avalon’, on November 1st via Spinefarm Records UK.

This 10-track outing follows hot on the heels of latest/fifth Godsmack full-length offering ‘The Oracle’ – an album that saw the Boston-based outfit hitting the No. 1 spot on the US charts, confirming their status as one of the most successful American rock acts of the past 10 years. Rather than simply sticking to tried & trusted turf, however, ‘Avalon’ sees Erna taking a different – though related – path, using a Godsmack track such as the haunting ‘Voodoo’ (from 1998) as the launch-point for a selection of recordings that are altogether more skeletal in nature, based on tribal rhythms, Middle Eastern-esque melody lines plus spine-tingling contributions from both vocalist Lisa Guyer (who has previously recorded with Godsmack) and cellist Irina Chirkova.

Featuring tracks such as ‘Broken Road’, ‘The Departed’ (also included on the ‘Solomon Kane’ movie soundtrack), the expansive ‘7 Years’ (just shy of nine minutes in length) plus lead-off single ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ (a haunting slice of musical drama reminiscent of the acoustic flavours of Led Zeppelin), ‘Avalon’ sees Erna at his most thoughtful & emotive, using essentially acoustic instrumentation (hand-drums, flute, piano, etc.) to deliver what he considers the finest music of his career to date…

“This is a series of beautifully arranged compositions that I have created over many years,” he reveals. “Some compositions are newer, written with the help of my solo band mates; others have been shelved over time waiting for the right moment to be released. That moment is finally here, and I couldn’t be more proud to share it with all of you!!”

With the material here having been honed, shaped & nurtured with enormous attention to detail, ‘Avalon’ is sure to appeal to anyone who likes their hits with a side-order of myth.


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