Hoping to avoid distractions, Godsmack wrote and recorded ‘Faceless’ in Miami — the first time they’ve made an album outside Boston. “We got down there in August, and we lived together in one house, ” is how bassist Robbie Merrill described it to Sean Richardson of the Boston Phoenix. “We wanted to get to know [new drummer Shannon Larkin] better, and that was the best way to do it. We were at rehearsal five or six days a week. All we did was write and play, so by the time we got into the studio in November, we were pretty much prepared for what we needed to do.” The full story at Bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.