Posts Tagged ‘Zakk Wylde’

ozzy under the grave yardIt has been ten long years since the last time we had a single from the Prince Of Darkness, the Godfather of Metal himself Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, he had released the album Scream with Guitarist Gus G and the album’s success was short lived. Fast forward ten years later and Ozzy has already recorded an album with Black Sabbath (13), did a farewell tour with them, and recorded a single with Rap artist Post Malone (Take What You Want). Ozzy has also had some downs to go with he ups as he had to cancel the rest of his farewell tour in 2018 due to some complications to pneumonia that sidelined the legend, but it was the recording with Post Malone that gave Ozzy hope again as he had a blast working with Post’s produce Andrew Watt. He had so much fun with Andrew Watt that he decided to record a solo album with him playing guitar and rounding out the band was Duff McKagan (GNR) on Bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. There are reports that are saying that even Ozzy is calling this new album the best work he has ever done and when you listen to Under The Graveyard (This week’s rock single of the week) which is the latest single, you are hopeful for the rest of the album. Ozzy himself sounds absolutely amazing on the track that isn’t your prototypical ozzy song. There is a lot of alt-rock influence in it and you can hear the inspiration for Post Malone’s track in this one. My only problem with the song is the initial guitar solo which is way too fuzzy for my liking, but we’ll see how Zakk Wylde (who had nothing to do with the album) interprets it live. Check out the single below:

take what you wantI know that this is going to be a highly contested entry due to the backlash the track is already getting online. The worst part about the backlash is not about how good or bad the actual song is, but due to the lack of knowledge on his fan base. I want to first start out by giving Post Malone a lot of credit for putting the Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne on his track and while it’s not a new concept, it still deserves a lot of props. The song that I am referring to is the track Take What You Want which is featured on Post Malone’s newest album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The track not only features Ozzy Osbourne, but it also features one of hip hop’s hottest artists in Travis Scott as well. The track starts off with that semi-acoustic, clean channel guitar playing that is very similar to Ozzy’s Mama, I’m Coming Home, but it is definitely not. I meant more in the way the track starts, but Ozzy kicks off the song singing the chorus before Post Malone takes over with the verse and then it’s forward from there. The track itself is very catchy and Ozzy does an amazing job lending his vocals to the track. The one thing that I am wondering though is who is the guitar player at the end that shreds an amazing guitar solo because it sounds like Zakk Wylde’s playing. Anyways, I am sure we will find out soon enough who the guitar player is, but I do know that Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing drums on the track. I wanted to end this article by saying that even though most of his fans do not know who Ozzy is, this is a good opportunity for them to learn just who he is. So, check out the track below and enjoy.

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:

pedal promo 1

1st Promo Pic

When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

pedal promo 2

Second Promo Pic

As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

pedal promo 3

Third Promo Pic

Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

pedal promo 4

Fourth and Final Promo Pic

8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

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.

War Of The Covers War PigsI have always felt that Black Sabbath is one of those bands that you can do a million of these War Of The Covers because they are the most influential metal bands of all time. Hence the reason we are doing Black Sabbath once again this week for War Of The Covers. The last war of the covers saw Gotthard take on Stryper to decide who covered Led Zeppelin’s The immigrant Song better (Gotthard won), but this week we have a couple of interesting and unique bands taking on each other. In one corner, we have a former protege of the great Ozzy Osbourne paying tribute to the man who discovered him in New Jersey to a band that carved their own path in a world full of hair and thrash metal whose drummer was also in Ozzy’s solo band at one time. In 1989, funk metal titans Faith No More with their brand new lead singer at the time Mike Patton released their seminal hit The Real Thing which featured the band covering the track. In 2016 I believe, Zakk Wylde, the heavy metal guitar virtuoso started a tribute band to Black Sabbath called Zakk Sabbath. In 2017, they released a live EP called Live In Detroit which features the cover of War Pigs. It’s Zakk Wylde vs Mike Bordin in the battle of the former band mates, but most importantly who covered it better? It’s up to you to ultimately decide and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide. Oh by the way, we’ve decided to give you Faith No More’s live version of the track as reference.

Original:

Covers:

Vote:

ozzyThis week featured some very big news in the rock and metal world because Ozzy Osbourne is reuniting with his third guitarist ever Zakk Wylde for the third time. After Ozzy expressed his excitement over the reunion, Zakk commented saying, “I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS.” 30 years ago, Zakk debuted for Ozzy after replacing legend Jake E Lee with Ozzy’s fifth solo album No Rest For The Wicked which is also this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Ozzy (Vocals), Zakk (Guitars), Bob Daisley (Bass), Randy Castillo (Drums), and John Sinclair (Keyboards) while the album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Keith Olsen. This album marked the first time that Ozzy and Daisley had worked together since 1983’s Bark At The Moon because the duo had a falling out, but as soon as this album was done he was replaced by Geezer Butler. The album was successful for Ozzy as it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while also going double platinum.

Ozzy_Osbourne-No_Rest_For_The_Wicked-Trasera1.Miracle Man– This lightning fast, sonic blazing riff from Zakk kicks off the album in a track that was all about fallen TV Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart who had been Ozzy’s foe for years. I love the guitar solo in this track that features Zakk laying heavy on the false harmonics like nobody before him. 5/5

2. Devil’s Daughter (Holy War)– The track sort of starts out with this menacing riff before Zakk launches out with this meaty guitar attack. Some have said that this is about Kelly Osbourne, but I’m not even sure. 4/5

3. Crazy Babies– Such an iconic riff that opens up the track from Zakk with more of that bluesy false harmonic laden riffage. I think Ozzy has admitted before that he does not remember writing this song and that he doesn’t like it, but I think it’s a kick ass track. 5/5

4. Breakin’ All The Rules– This is by far my favorite riff on the whole album that is just so sleazed laden and meaty to the core. I feel like Ozzy is talking to someone who talks the talk, but never walks the walk like he does. 5/5

Ozzy-Osbourne-No-Rest-For-The-Wicked-4625811-UK-ROCKSTUFF-Label5. Bloodbath In Paradise– An amazing opening guitar attack from Zakk once again kicks off this track that chronicles metal’s favorite serial killer Charles Manson and the Manson family. That opening riff is just fierce and in your face. 5/5

6. Fire In The Sky– A cool track with a slightly slower tempo than most of the tracks, but it features some cool guitar playing from Wylde. The song seems to be about a kid who a rough childhood. 4/5

7. Tattooed Dancer– A cool as drum riff from Castillo kick off the track that features another face melting riff from Wylde again about what could be strippers dancing to rock and roll. 5/5

8. Demon Alcohol– A sick riff from Wylde once again starts us off, but this time it features some cool chugging chords from the master. The song could be a sequel to Suicide Solution which was about alcoholism and this is the realization that you have an issue. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The album features a hidden track called Hero which is an amazing song as well that could compete with the other tracks (definite 5/5). Nonetheless, this is a powerful debut for Zakk who was only 21 years old at the time of the release of this album as there was only one way for him to go and we see that 30 years later (he sent Ozzy a demo in 1987). I am going to give this album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.