When Legends Rise finds Godsmack moving away from their trademark heavy metal sound and this powerful string-laden ballad is a case in point. "I come from a very broad background in music," explained frontman Sully Erna. "My great uncle was a famous composer in Sicily, and my dad is still a musician and runs an Italian band in the Boston area. So as I've grown over the years as an artist, I've regressed back to all types of music and instruments I love working with and composing. "
"So I called upon my dear friend Irina Chirkova to lay down the cello parts and Zvezdelina Haltakova (both from Bulgaria) did all the violin parts for me," he added. "And I really feel that this specific track will be something people will gravitate towards since it's the first real ballad we've put on a Godsmack record. I think like it or not, they will gravitate towards it to explore it out of curiosity. But again, it's about taking risks and expanding."
The vulnerable song came to Sully Erna shortly after he'd spent some time with his friend Lady Gaga. Erna explained: "In the short amount of time we hung out, she made me realize that we all have these imperfections, these wounds that we carry (whether they're physical or emotional) that cut so deep they can cripple us.
These feelings leave us vulnerable, or embarrassed, or even unworthy at times. And our human nature - when they're exposed - is to shut down, rather than embrace them and realize that not only can we overcome them, but we can also become an inspiration to inspire others to have a voice and find their inner strength to show their scars off loudly and proudly to the world. Our 'Scars' are nothing more than our battle wounds from life and they helped mold you into who you are today."
The song's music video, which was directed by Paris Visone, is dedicated to "anyone that has ever felt alone." The clip highlights Godsmack's relationship with their fans, both on and off the stage.
Godsmack achieved a career first when "Under Your Scars" ascended to #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, marking the group's third chart-topping Mainstream Rock hit from When Legends Rise, following the title track and "Bulletproof." This was the first time the band scored three #1 singles from the same album.
Anita Burks from Greenwood IndianaI have never heard of your group nor had I ever listened a good friend of mine played this song and when she did it was like it was me and how I felt I couldn't believe. Your voice the Sound the song kept me hostage for days....amazing you guys are wonderful thank you so much for that song. Under your scars.
Heather from Cleveland Love this song! It definitely makes me think of a very special friend, Patrick
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.
Robin Thicke and his mom, Gloria Loring are the first the first ever mother-and-son to have both tallied top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as solo artists or duos. Loring reached #2 with Carl Anderson in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" and Thicke topped the chart in 2013 with "Blurred Lines."