Posts Tagged ‘Black Label Society’

Zakk Wylde may be one of the greatest guitarists in metal history and it may go down like that when it is all said and done. While touring with his Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath in 2017, the year has been a busy one for him. He has gotten back with the man that brought him into the business in Ozzy Osbourne and now he has a brand new album that he is bracing to release in 2018 entitled Grimmest Hits. he has decided to give us an early Christmas present when he unleashed the track All That Once Shined for all of us to listen to. When you check out the track, you can tell that Zakk is boasting his love for Black Sabbath and the doom metal genre that the legends started. The track is absolutely laced with it and it kicks ass. I also love the way Zakk is singing now a days because it sounds like a combo of Ozzy and Alice In Chains. You should definitely give this track a listen and prepare for the album as they get ready to release it on January 19, 2018. You can pre-order the album by going here or get the digital version here. Check it out below:

black_label_society_-_mafia_-_frontI figured since I gave you a more pop/post punk record for an album of the week, I would do another one for this week with a metal album. In the four or five years that I have been blogging, I can not believe that I have never covered an album from guitar maestro Zakk Wylde’s band Black Label Society. I have covered at least three different Ozzy records featuring Zakk, but never BLS. 2005 was a very weird and somber year for metal due to the fact that 2004 ended with the death of one of metal’s most beloved in Dimebag Darrell (Pantera/Damageplan). For Zakk, it was a very sad way to end a year especially when you are getting ready to release an album in three months time, but he soldiered on in honor of Dimebag Darrell releasing his sixth album with BLS in Mafia on March 5, 2005. The album featured Zakk (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano), James LoMenzo (Bass), Craig Nunenmacher (Drums), and Nick Catanese (Guitar, but does not perform on the album). The album to this day still remains as one of the most commericially successful albums the band ever released as it sold well over 250,000 copies in the US and it peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while also going number one on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.

Black-Label-Society-Mafia-2005-Back-Cover-741881.Fire It Up– The very first track on the record that when it fades in, it’s Zakk on the talk box and it helps drive the song forward with a cool groove in this track about the joy of riding motorcycles. 5/5

2. What’s In You– Another beefy metal track that has plenty of false harmonics from the Wylde man in this track that is about madness or possibly Charlie Manson. 4.5/5

3. Suicide Messiah– a bad ass lead single from the album that was actually written about Scott Weiland of STP. Zakk explains, “I actually wrote that song about Scott Weiland. A buddy of mine who is one of my best friends is like the Captain Shield of Black Label. He is a NYPD Narcotics detective and ended up busting Scott. You know in certain parts of town, you know if you are down there, ya know what is going on, and he said dude this is Scott. I love Scott, he is amazing. He is like Dude, I got a problem, and I gotta stop. So that inspired me to write “Bow Down, You Chose Your Maker, He Never Gives, He is always a taker, he is the Suicide Messiah.” Everyone I have ever know, I have never done that stuff in my life, always winds up dead or broke from doing that crap.” 5/5

4. Forever Down– A very interesting track that starts off making you think its going to be a piano track until the band explodes on to your speakers. I think the song is about nuclear war and how it will engulf us. I love the part in the chorus when Zakk is sliding the guitar pick down the neck after saying forever down. 4.5/5

5. In This River– This is truly one of the most amazing songs on the album that wasn’t intended to be about Dimebag Darrell, but after his death Zakk dedicated the song to him. 5/5

6. You Must Be Blind– The track fades in with the band go full speed ahead with the chugging riffs and false harmonics. I think the song is about drug use once again and the downward spiral associated with it. 4.5/5

7. Death March– I always thought that this track would be a perfect wrestling theme for someone in this track that is all about war. 5/5

mafia-4f8991b7b702a8. Dr. Octavia– This is an awesome instrumental track from the band. 5/5

9. Say What You Will– This is definitely one of my top three favorite songs on this very album and it showed how great of a writer Zakk really was in this track that could be about the end. 5/5

10. Too Tough To Die– a cool bass line opens up this bluesy groovin track and it carries the track for the most part. The song seems to be about knowing that you are not God, but you have the strength to accomplish anything. 5/5

11. Electric Hellfire– The beginning of the track has a nod to The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown with what is said in this track this all about how you’re a fool if you mess with Zakk Wylde. 4.5/5

12. Spread Your Wings– A cool intro to the track with what sounds like a shaker and a cool bass line before the rest of the band comes in this track about rising above everything life throws at you. 4/5

13. Been a Long Time– a cool call and response effect with the vocals and the music in the beginning of the track. The song seems to be about someone who finally felt that they have awoken from all the lies that they had been fed. 4.5/5

14. Dirt On The Grave– A very cool track that is nothing but acoustic guitars, talk box, and piano in this track that is about someone who just keeps ruining relationships with people. 4.5/5

15. I Never Dreamed– This is Black Label Society’s cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This was a dynamo release from Zakk and co. that while none of their other releases have matched the intensity of this record does not mean he hasn’t released solid material. This was just the perfect album for the time that cemented him as this Guitar God if he wasn’t already one before. I am going to give this one 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

gQ_phVKiIt has been quite some time since we last did an Unsigned Band Of The Week and we are trying to get back into our groove here with a new band every week. Every once in a while when you are searching for a band to cover for the Unsigned Band Of The Week, one will either stumble right in front of you or somehow they find you. That is definitely the case with this week’s band that found me on my Twitter page (@ERaticWanderer) which is why I chose them. The band I am talking about of course is Phoenix, Arizona’s own The Jasons. The band can be best described (according to them) as music for the zombie apocalypse because let’s face it if you’re still alive and the proverbial sh** has hit the fan in the world then what better music than this while you’re slaying zombies. The thing that attracted me the most besides their cool description for the band is the influences that they listed ranging from Black Label Society to High On Fire, Mastodon, and even The Sword. These are all bad ass bands that started somewhere just like The Jasons. Check the band’s track Seeker below, but if you want more information then be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Pasted-image-at-2016_05_12-04_56-PMThere was some very big news that was announced yesterday (May 12) and I have it here for you guys. Since it was kind of hinted that there would be no more Mayhem Fest after last years debacle, the summers were kind of left with nothing leaving metal fan asking the question of what was going to take over? Earlier in the week, it was announced that Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Ozzy Osbourne had an announcement to make. I immediately thought that it was either going to be about Ozzfest or Knotfest, I never thought that it would actually be about both. Apparently, they are calling it Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and it’s happening on a weekend in September in San Bernardino, CA. Ozzfest happens on September 24 while Knotfest happens on September 25 at the  San Manuel Amphitheater with some real heavy hitters. Ozzfest features bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and many more. Knotfest features heavyweights like Slipknot and Slayer co-headlining while it also features Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Overkill, Sabaton, Death Angel, and many more. Tickets go on sale May 20TH and for more information on the fest, please go here. I’m going to insert a little bit of my opinion here and say that while it’s cool that this is happening, it doesn’t help anyone that doesn’t live in California. If a metal fan can’t afford to fly out to California to see this then he is left with nothing for the summer. I’m just saying that I hope either one of these becomes a travelling festival next year. Here are the full lineups below:

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

MisfitsAdmatRevThe next piece of news that I have is something you should be really excited for especially if you are either a fan of horror punk or Glenn Danzig in general. For the first time since 1983, the original lineup of The Misfits is going to reunite for a couple of gigs. That is right, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on the same stage at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago. We all know that Doyle has on occasion go on stage with Glenn and so the real issue was between Jerry Only and Glenn. Jerry Only once said this in an interview, “What I feel is that, I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s–t at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.” I would have loved to be in the room when those two met, but they obviously have broke some ground considering the band is back for a couple of gigs. Tickets for Riot Fest are available as we speak and you can get them by going here.

Here is the first round match ups for the Lemmy Kilmister Division (formerly known as the Hard Rock division) in the 2016 Pedal To The Metal tournament which is our March Madness style tourney. We have some interesting matchups in the first round with the big ones being Kiss vs Guns N Roses and Ozzy taking on Avenged Sevenfold. Tourney qualifiers and newcomers Bobaflex have a very daunting task as they take on the shock rock king Alice Cooper in the first round. The last match of the tourney is an interesting one as Grammy winners Ghost take on hellraiser Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society. What upsets will the first round bring, you’ll have to vote and find out. As usual, there is a time limit to vote and you have until Sunday April 20TH to vote.

Ghost vs BLS

bobaflex vs alice cooper

avenged vs ozzy

gnr vs kiss

 

pedalHere it is metal fans, the moment you have been waiting for since we announced the 2016 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. For those of you that do not know what it is, it’s our very own March Madness style tournament where bands will duel it out for ultimate supremacy and bragging rights for a year. The way the winner is decided is by you the fans. That’s right, just like all the previous tournaments, you will ultimately decide the winner of each match in each round by voting. Before we carry on with selection Sunday, some things have changed with the tournament and you may have noticed. The first thing is that we had a lot of complaints last year regarding the voting process. Last year, we kept it open so that you (the fan) could vote as many times as you wanted. Well, apparently some fans of certain bands were pissed off over that because there band lost. We rectified that issue in the later rounds and we are going to continue it this year. The thing with this year’s tournament is that you are going to have to wait an hour before you can vote again. We also changed the name of the divisions and who gets to enter the tournament. In order t participate in this years tournament, you have to be an active band which means you actively tour and/or record music.

The names of he divisions have also changed as the extreme metal division became the Chuck Schuldiner division, the rock division became the Lemmy Kilmister Divsion, the heavy metal division became the Ronnie James Dio division, and the thrash division became the Jeff Hanneman division. To see who made it in what division, click here. As far as selection Sunday is concerned, we put each division into a hat and we picked the names out of a hat. Each name that we picked would face the next name until the division was complete. We have some surprise match ups for each division and then we have some doozies like Megadeth vs Metallica to open the Hanneman divsion. Newcomer Bobaflex has the heavy task of facing Alice Cooper while Kiss faces Guns N Roses in a mega match up. In the Schuldiner division, I am looking forward to seeing how defending Pedal To The Metal Tournament champs Kreator are going to do as they face Carcass in the first round. Each division has some newbies to it, but due to the new rule as far as active bands is concerned, the Kilmister division took the most hits with seven new bands (only Ozzy has participated in past tourneys). Check out all the matches below with the bracket:

1st round bracket

pedalFor this years edition of the Pedal To The Metal Tournament, we had announced that we were making some changes to the names of the divisions as well as who can participate. You can find all of that information and the division names here. For a couple of the divisions, we held a qualifier to decide who would take the last spots in each of those two divisions and we have the results. In the Ronnie James Dio division, we had a match between Lizzy Borden (looking to qualify for the first time) taking on tournament veterans Helloween. This was by far the closest race of the two, but Helloween won by taking 62.5% of the votes. Int he Lemmy Kilmister Division, we had a match between Sixx: A.M. and Bobaflex with both bands looking to qualify for the first time as well. As always we leave this competition to the fans to decide who goes through and they spoke as Bobaflex takes the win by taking 70% of the votes. Now here are the divisions and all the teams who are in (Note: I’ll be posting the actual brackets and match ups soon):

Jeff Hanneman Division

Slayer

Megadeth

Metallica

Testament

Death Angel

Flotsam And Jetsam

Annihilator

Anthrax

Chuck Schuldiner Division

Entombed A.D.

Cradle Of Filth

Kreator

Venom

Obituary

Carcass

Cannibal Corpse

Destruction

Lemmy Kilmister Division

Alice Cooper

Bobaflex

Avenged Sevenfold

Guns N Roses

Ghost

Kiss

Black Label Society

Ozzy Osbourne

Ronnie James Dio Division

Judas Priest

Iron Maiden

Accept

Armored Saint

Primal Fear

King Diamond

Sonata Arctica

Helloween