Godsmack frontman Sully Erna spoke in an interview with Metal Underground, and revealed the truth about their genre.

He said that ‘We were just a hard rock band’, and stated:

“I don’t think we ever considered ourselves a heavy metal band to begin with. We were kind of lumped into that category because we got signed right in that era when Korn and Limp Bizkit and all these ‘nu-metal’ bands were kind of coming up, and we got sucked into that ‘nu-metal’ category. Where I feel like, when you listen to our music, we were never some kind of unique ‘nu-metal’ sound.

We were just a hard rock band. And there was certainly influences from a lot of different bands that we were listening to at that time in the first album and in that music. It was a bit of a salad of different influences that we were listening to. But I never really thought of us as a pure heavy metal band.

He continued:

“When I think of heavy metal, I think of Slayer and I think of Judas Priest and I think of Slipknot and I think of the bands that deserve that title and wave that flag a bit higher and prouder.

Where we ride the line at times that we certainly have drifted into… But for the most part, I think more of our catalog is a little bit more hard rock than it is metal.”

You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source. (Blabbermouth)