Posts Tagged ‘Dimebag Darrell’

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.

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War Of The Covers Head Like A HoleWe apologize for the length of time that we’ve had between posts, but we’re back with another one and hopefully you’ll find this one an interesting one. The last War Of The Covers we had, we saw that Dope was ultimately the winner of that fatal four way match making their version of Rebel Yell by Billy Idol the better one according to you. This week we have a match up that is definitely an interesting match up because it features two bands from two completely different walks of life in the music business covering a band that is the halfway point in the timeline of pop music culture between the two of them. In one corner, you have 80’s new wave legends Devo going up against post hardcore/rock band AFI as both bands attempted to cover the Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole from their legendary album Pretty Hate Machine. In 1996, Devo would take a crack at the track for the 1996 soundtrack to the film Supercop that starred Jackie Chan and also featured eclectic mix of music from bands like No Doubt, the late Dimebag Darrell, and the late 2Pac. In 2006, AFI would record a version of the track for an edition of Decemberunderground that was only released in Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now only one version of the track can survive and as usual it’s up to you the fans to decide. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

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cowboysOn December 8TH, it will be 12 years since one of the greatest guitarists in Metal history passed away from a senseless crime. I am talking about the one and only Dimebag Darrell Abbott who was shot and killed while performing on stage in Columbus, Ohio. While the metal scene has persevered forward, it has truly never been the same since. To honor his memory, we are covering the major label debut and fifth studio album overall from his first band Pantera in Cowboys From Hell. The album which also featured Phil Anselmo (Vocals), Rex Brown (Bass), and Vinnie Paul (Drums) was one of the hottest debuts that made the step forward in saving metal. After being rejected 28 times by major labels everywhere, the band finally found a home at ATCO Records and released the record on July 24, 1990. The album would peak at number 117 on The billboard Top 200 as well as eight on the Catalog albums chart. It would go Gold in 1993 and eventually it would go platinum by July 1997. It’s an album that is often overlooked due to the follow ups, but this is an important record in the band’s history.

pantera-cowboysfromhell-back1. Cowboys From Hell– Probably one of the most famous album openers, the hard charging bass line that opens the track followed by Dime giving us some of his guitar licks before Phil helps the band slam it into overdrive. The track is a tongue in cheek as far as the lyrics are concerned because most bands come from LA or New York and these boys are outsiders from Texas. 5/5

2. Primal Concrete Sledge– The track starts with hammering drums from Vinnie with a bad ass bass line from Rex when Dime comes in on a track that could be about breaking down the walls of a government that shuts you out. 4.5/5

3. Psycho Holiday– The track starts off with Vinnie’s drumming that sounds like a machine gun going off and then the music kicks in with the low sounding draw of the guitar. The track seems to be about a man in a mental institution. 5/5

4. Heresy–  Dime’s riffing opens up this absolute headbanger in a track that explores all that is wrong with humanity. Check out the lyrics and tell me different. 5/5

5. Cemetery Gates– This is probably the greatest Pantera song ever in the history of the band. This is the song that captured me and made me interested in finding out more about them. 5/5 (if I could go higher I would).

6. Domination– Definitely one of the most bad ass Pantera tracks that makes you want to bat your chest and get your frustrations out. The end of the song is the absolute shit!!! 5/5

cowboys-27. Shattered– A killer drum riff and guitar riff open the track that features more of Phil’s high vocals. The track could be about war or Armageddon. It features a killer guitar solo too. 4.5/5

8. Clash with Reality– A track that may not be the best on the album, but it’s bad ass and it’s about that time when you finally have to face reality. 4.5/5

9. Medicine Man– an amazing guitar riff fades in on a track that is about you know what, that’s right a drug dealer. I love how the track is mellow during the verses before it launches into overdrive on the chorus. 4.5/5

10. Message in Blood– an insane track that talks about someone as diabolical as Charles Manson. This track and all the others prove what kind of a genius Dimebag really was. 4.5/5

11. The Sleep-The beginning opens with amazing clean channel playing from Dime before Rex helps them move forward. 4.5/5

12. The Art of Shredding– A killer track about banding together and kicking ass through the greatest art form which is Heavy Metal. A killer bass line from Rex opens the track before Dime does his best shredding. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a record that should not be taken fro granted because it is one of the best Pantera records of all time which is a hard thing to choose with Pantera. If you want to get to know the boys, start with this and move forward. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

61AcXC5ZZeLI know we are officially four days early with the Cover Of The Week, but this is one that couldn’t wait and if you’re a metalhead you’ll understand why immediately. A couple of weeks ago, Hellyeah announced that for their record Unden!able that there was going to be a track on their that featured guitar tracks from Dimebag Darrell. The track was a cover of a Phil Collins song I Don’t Care Anymore that Dime had apparently recorded some guitar parts to and the band decided to use it. Vinnie Paul talked to Rolling Stone about it saying, “When Kevin [Churko, producer] got [Dimebag’s original] tracks isolated, he synched them up, and when we listened to them it totally gave me goosebumps. We’ve always felt like [Dimebag’s] been a part of this band since day one. We felt like his energy and his spirit was always with us. And for people to be able to hear him again in 2016 puts a big smile on my face.” Chad Gray added to the convo saying, “It was like Dime was in an iso-booth tracking in the next room while I was singing my parts. Tracking that song was one of the most magical moments I’ve felt in my entire career. … After we recorded the first four vocal lines, Kevin called me on the intercom and said, ‘I’m just gonna tell you right now. You’re gonna be singing this song for the rest of your life. It’s going to be amazing.” I’m with these guys in that this is one of the most exciting things ever and it pretty much makes Dime an official member of Hellyeah forever. Check out the cover below and pre-order the album here. It officially comes out tomorrow (June 3RD).

The Dimebash is an event that takes place every year the honors the legacy of one of metal’s finest that was taken away too soon. At this years Dimebash which was also the 11TH took place in Hollywood as some of metal’s biggest names came out like Robb Flynn (Machine Head), Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo (Down, Ex-Pantera), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour), Rex Brown, and so many more. The performance I chose for all of you as the cover of the week comes courtesy of Phil Anselmo on vocals, Dave Grohl on guitar, Robert Trujillo on bass, and Dave Lombardo on drums performing Ace Of Spades as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister. The audio quality isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the picture as the boys bring the noise. Listen to what Phil says before hand, it’s crazy what comes out of his mouth, but it’s funny.

Tony-Martin-Tony-Iommi1So many bands or people that have collaborated in the past have been reuniting left and right lately. So, why can’t estranged members of Black Sabbath do the same exact thing. You’re probably wondering what in the world is he talking about? Well, apparently at a memorial plaque unveiling for Cozy Powell in Cirencester, UK, Tony Iommi and Tony Martin ran into to each other and talked for the first time in 15 years or so. Tony Martin sang on five Black Sabbath albums before his exit from the group and the two hadn’t spoken in years, but a reunion could happen. Here is what Martin had to say on his Facebook page, “Well what a great day… I attended the unveiling of Cozy Powell’s memorial plaque in his home town of Cirencester, along with Brian May, Neil Murray, and Tony Iommi… And to my surprise was greeted by Tony Iommi VERY warmly. Its the first conversation of any length I have had with him in 15 years!!!! ….. and it turns out we may well be working together soon!!!” Of course, he’ll have to wait for the end of the current Sabbath lineup before he’ll ever work with Iommi again, but fans can hopefully look forward to that in the future. After all, Iommi worked with Glenn Hughes on an album and he worked with Ozzy on an whole entire record.

Izzy-StradlinI have seriously tried not to report on the Guns N Roses lineup thing until all details were revealed and certified authentic. While we know that Duff McKagan and Slash will be working with Axl Rose, there are rumors flying as to who the other members would be and this new one is one that I am seriously hoping for. Alan Niven, who managed GNR from 1986 until 1991 is saying that he believes that Izzy Stradlin could be rejoining the lineup. Niven claims, “Izzy will sit on the sidelines until he feels like he wants to get his toes in the water. He doesn’t like all the drama.” He goes on to say and boldly claim, “I think he’s written with them.” That is definitely quite the statement that can send the rumor mills flying high as fans wait and pray for a full reunion. We’ll just have to wait and see, but expect tons more for news as far as rumors are concerned.

dimebash2016poster_0The Ride For Dime Dimebash is one of those events that is worth attending especially if you were a fan of the metal legend Dimebag Darrell. Well, we have some news for the 2016 edition of the event as far as performers paying tribute to the late guitar legend. This year’s Ride For Dime Dimebash will take place at Lucky Strike Live venue in Hollywood, Calif on January 22ND. Promoters for the show are promising that members of Pantera, Slayer, Black Label Society, Alice in Chains, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Stone Sour, Type O Negative, Danzig, King’s X, DevilDriver, Prong, Kyng and Armored Saint will be there. Rita Haney commented saying, “I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio. Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!” Tickets for the event can be found here.

dimeOn August 20, 1966, the world was given a man who would prove to be one of the greatest guitar players in Heavy Metal history in the late, great Dimebag Darrell Abbott (Pantera/Damageplan). Unfortunately as history would have it, he was taken away from us in the blink of an eye due to a senseless crime. If he was alive, he would be turning 49 years old on this day, but we will never forget the legacy he left on this world because I’m sure he’s tearing it up in the other with some of the other great legends that are there as well. So, to help celebrate Dimebag Darrell’s birthday, we are dedicating this week’s Music Video Of The Week in his honor. The music video we are using is one of my personal favorites from the band’s breakout record Far Beyond Driven in the video for 5 Minutes Alone. I always loved the slow motion action in this video and the close ups of Dime’s hands playing the guitar especially during the guitar solo. Check out the video, head bang till your head falls off, and celebrate the legacy of the great Dimebag Darrell. Happy Birthday Dimebag Darrell!!!