Erna said, "I have to write a really great record for us, and that's the tough part." The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band's label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.Sully has began the writing process for the next Godsmack album and is currently in Florida writing with Shannon & Tony.Zac Maloy came in with this idea, and we worked on it, and we were talking about the lyrical content: what does it actually mean, having “a different kind of tears?” We started relating it, once again, back to our children and those teenage years and when you’re going through your first heartbreak and those kind of things that when you’re a kid you’re like, “You don’t get it, you don’t understand, you don’t ever understand.” Of course, as adults we’ve been through it so much that we know when it happens, it’s: “Okay, this is gonna suck, but it’s gonna be a process, it’s gonna take some time to heal or whatever.” Where they’re like: “It’s the end of my life, and everything’s horrible, and it’s always gonna be pain! His father, Salvatore Erna, was a trumpet player and would rehearse in the basement where Sully would watch and fall asleep in an empty guitar case.At the age of 11, he discovered that it was easier for him to listen to something and play it than read sheet music.As a matter of fact, “Different Kind of Tears” is very “country” sounding.Well, that song certainly has that country flair to it.
The album took seven years to complete and differed stylistically from Godsmack.I never really wanted to be alienated from society, or the public, or people that I used to bump elbows with and have a beer with.Lawrence, Massachusetts, the place where I grew up, instilled that kind of integrity in me and those kind of values.Then some of the band members (mainly the singer) and Erna didn't get along, and he was booted out. In Godsmack concerts he plays the bongos and a large drum set, staging a drumming duel known as Batalla de los Tambores with drummer Shannon Larkin.This battle has become a staple of the band's live show.