Posts Tagged ‘Zakk Wylde’

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

ozzmosisI have decided to be nice to all of you out there and I have decided that I am going to give you a second album of the week this week. 1995 was a very weird time for the wild man Ozzy Osbourne as he was supposedly retired from the business, but he changed his mind and came back with a brand new album entitled Ozzmosis. The album featured regular Zakk Wylde (Guitars) and it featured the return of Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler (Bass) as well as Rick Wakeman (Keys), and Deen Castronovo (Drums). When the album was recorded, they intially had Michael Wagener produce the record and it featured a different lineup with Randy Castillo and Mike Inez. When Epic heard the demos, they immediately replaced Wagener with Michael Beinhorn and Castillo and Inez were also out because it sounded too much like No More Tears. This is also the only Ozzy record to feature Castronovo, Butler, and Wakeman and it did fairly well as it peaked at Number four on the Billboard Top 200 charts (which is the highest charted Ozzy album ever) and it went 2x platinum.

ozzy_osbourne_ozzmosis_back1. Perry Mason– Amazing Key section from Wakeman starts off the track with the killer bass that makes you think it’s a murder mystery as they pay tribute to the legendary detective. 5/5

2. I Just Want You– I have always loved the intro keys and the way Zakk comes in with the guitar as he is just wailing away, but this is also an amazing track that has Ozzy questioning everything in Logic in the lyrics. This is a Ozzy Masterpiece. 5/5

3. Ghost Behind My Eyes– A slower tempo track (Not a ballad!) from Ozzy that explores that voice in your head known as your conscious. 4.5/5

4. Thunder Underground– This is one of the most badass tracks on the record that features a killer bass line from Geezer and some bad ass chugging from Wylde as the song just sound monstrous coming out of your speakers. It’s a track about someone who is so full of themselves they can’t see it. 5/5

5. See You on the Other Side– an amazing track on the album that I thought for a while that Ozzy had written about Randy Rhodes, but it could be paying tribute to anyone lost. Fun fact: Lemmy Kilmister helped write this song. 5/5

ozzy_osbourne-ozzmosis-cd6. Tomorrow– The track begins with a cool bass line and a slowed down tempo that is almost eerie before it explodes in the chorus in a track that seems to be about a person who is just inhabiting the earth and not doing anything. 4.5/5

7. Denial– I really like the overall message of this song besides the fact that I love the mid-tempo feel to it. It’s a track about believing in yourself and never deny the truth. So many great lines in this song. 5/5

8. My Little Man– This is the only track on the album of the two Steve Vai written tracks (Lemmy also helped write this one) that made the final cut for Ozzmosis. It has a very Arabic feel to the beginning of the track which is cool and it continues on for most of the track. 4/5

9. My Jekyll Doesn’t Hide– A bad ass riff right from the get go opens this hellraiser about how Ozzy doesnt hide his personality. 4/5

10. Old LA Tonight– a ballad of sorts with a nice piano part that drives the song forward as Ozzy is addressing the time he separated from Sharon (that is what I assume). 4/5

My Final Thoughts– For a record that never really gets enough recognition, this was truly an amazing record that outranks all Ozzy albums that came out after it. It was definitely a different time that the Ozzman was in as he was trying to save Metal. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards: The Nominees

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. So, here are all the nominees for the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards:

The Music Side:

Album Of The Year

1. Starboy by The Weeknd

2. The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers

3. Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop

4. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

5. Blackstar by David Bowie

6. Joanne by Lady Gaga

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Gore by Deftones

2. The Last Hero by Alter Bridge

3. Aggressive by Beartooth

4. Bad Vibrations by A Day To Remember

5. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser by Rob Zombie

6. Unleashed by Skillet

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

2. Dystopia by Megadeth

3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

4. Incarnate by Killswitch Engage

5. For All Kings by Anthrax

6. Transcendence by Devin Townsend Project

Extreme Metal Album Of The Year

1. King by Fleshgod Apocalypse

2. Varahtelija by Oranssi Pazuzu

3. Wildfire by Destroyer 666

4. Terminal Redux by Vektor

5. Rituals by Rotting Crist

6. In His Majesty’s Infernal Service by Witchery

Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year

1. The Life Of Pablo by Kayne West

2.1992 by The Game

3. Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar

4. Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

5. Bobby Tarantino by Logic

6. Views by Drake

Metal Music Video Of The Year

1. Square Hammer by Ghost

2. The Black Pot by High On Fire

3. Shadows by Red Fang

4. Pride In Prejudice by Slayer

5. Embers By Lamb Of God

6. Insane by Korn

Rock Music Video Of The Year

1. Breaking Me Down by Escape The Fate

2. This Light I Hold by Memphis May Fire

3. 333 by Against Me!

4. Break Me by One Less Reason

5. A Quick Death In Texas by Clutch

6. A Spider In The Dark by Bobaflex

Rock Single Of The Year

1. Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. Bored To Death by Blink-182

3. Prayers/Triangles by Deftones

4. Paranoia by A Day To Remember

5. Sleeping Dogs by Zakk Wylde

6. You Have Come To The Right Place by Sixx AM

Metal Single Of The Year

1. Raise Your Horns by Amon Amarth

2. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

3. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

4. Seal The Deal by Volbeat

5. Moth Into Flames by Metallica

6. Stormbending by Devin Townsend Project

Soundtrack Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Suicide Squad

3. Ghostbusters

4. Stranger Things Vol. 1

5. Trolls

6. Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack

Tour Of The Year

1. Not In This Lifetime by Guns N Roses

2. Black Sabbath The End Tour

3. Heart/Cheap Trick/Joan Jett

4. AC/DC with Axl Rose

5. Bruce Springsteen

6. Book Of Souls Tour by Iron Maiden

The Movie/TV Side

Movie Of The Year

1. Nocturnal Animals

2. Manchester By The Sea

3. Hell Or Highwater

4. Fences

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

6. Deadpool

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Ouija: Origin Of Evil

2. The Conjuring 2

3. Lights Out

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane

5. Don’t Breathe

6. 31

Bad Ass Movie Of The Year

1. Jason Bourne

2. The Accountant

3. Star Trek Beyond

4. Jack Reacher

5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers…

6. The Magnificent Seven

Comedy Of The Year

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

2. Sausage Party

3. Dirty Grandpa

4. Why Him?

5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

6. Keanu

Superhero Film Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Captain America: Civil War

3. Suicide Squad

4. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice

5. X-Men: Apocalypse

6. Doctor Strange

Animated Film Of The Year

1. Zootopia

2. Sing

3. Kubo And The Two Strings

4. The Secret Life Of Pets

5. Moana

6. Trolls

Remake Of The Year

1. Ghostbusters

2. Ben Hur

3. The Magnificent Seven

4. Pete’s Dragon

5. Cabin Fever

6. Kickboxer: Vengeance

Cameo Of The Year

1. Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)

2. Keanu Reeves (Keanu)

3. Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)

4. Chris Hemsworth (Doctor Strange)

5. Dolph Lundgren (Hail Caesar!)

6. Sigourney Weaver (Finding Dory)

Netflix Show Of The Year

1. Stranger Things

2. Luke Cage

3. Daredevil

4. Fuller House

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6. BoJack Horseman

Superhero Show Of The Year

1. Daredevil

2. Luke Cage

3. Arrow

4. The Flash

5. Supergirl

6. Gotham

Stand Up Comedy Special Of The Year

1. Hannibal Buress- Comedy Camisado

2. Theo Von- No Offense

3. Iliza Schlesinger- Confirmed Kills

4. Jim Jefferies- Freedumb

5. Russell Peters- Almost Famous

6. Kevin Hart- What Now?

 

 

 

One of rock and metal’s great guitar icons in Zakk Wylde returned this year with a brand new album in the sequel to his first solo effort Book Of Shadows. The semi acoustic effort Book Of Shadows II brings Zakk back to a time where Zakk proved he was much more than a metal guitarist. Well, now Zakk returns with his first music video from the album for the amazing track Sleeping Dogs. The guitarist makes waves with his music video for the imagery that is involved in the video. The video features a lot of dark imagery like voodoo, witches, etc. which makes for a cool video to go with the flow of the song. Zakk commented on the video saying, “Black Label Brethren O’ Doom Father Justin Reich did another amazing job directing the video. I asked Father Justin to capture the sights, sounds, smell and feel of the first day my parents dropped me off at kindergarten. Watching the video made me realize why I’m so fond of reading and vegetables.” We also find out from Zakk that Corey Taylor of Slipknot is on the album version of the track saying, “Having Father Corey Taylor’s brilliant voice sing on ‘Sleeping Dogs’ fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel. We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we’ve eaten at some of the same restaurants as them.” Check out the video below: