Great execution! And it's kinda hard to find decent high quality pictures of Sully and Godsmack, right?
Anyways, I'm sort of in the same situation - I was introduced to Godsmack something like 13-14 years ago by a friend who burnt me a CD with the "Awake" album. I remember that while listening to it I imagined Sully as a big, buff, baldheaded, badass metal guy.
"Awake" was also the first video I watched and I think I felt like it was cool but kinda freaky for me back in those days. But I kept an eye on what they did and listened to all their albums. Back in 2010 I listened to "Avalon" and felt kinda the same as you - ever since then I've been describing it to my friends as "THE perfect album to play on a peaceful night at home with a glass of wine and lots of candles." Anyways, in the past few years my interest in Godsmack slowly deepend until it fully blasted off in 2015 when they came in Bulgaria for the first time. Thanks to a friend I even got the chance to take a picture with Sully in a bar the night before the concert - and a ton of my Facebook friends hated me for it.
During that time Godsmack were my 3rd favorite band (1st has always been Linkin Park, they got me into this kind of music, 2nd by that time was Pendulum). Then "1000hp" happened, two Sully Erna solo shows in following years happened in the city where I live, "Hometown Life" happened and finally, this year "When Legends Rise" happened. By that time I was already a die-hard Godsmack fan (Linkin Park is still my most favorite band but I have a longer story with them and Godsmack are only a hair behind). But this album blew my mind off. I know that many older Godsmack fans hate it for sounding too "light", but it's just pure awesomeness. And, boy, am I addicted to "Bulletproof" since I first heard it!
Not sure if the neigbours already hate the song more, or my terrible but heartly singing!
Sorry for the long rant
- once again I'm at the peak of my Godsmack passion at the moment and super excited because there is a concert coming up in two months and, hell, they can't pass fast enough! And it's always awesome to run into fellow fans.
Once again, wonderful portrait!