Zakk Wylde has been a guitar hero of mine since he first gained the job as Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand man in the late ’80’s. I saw him perform with his own Black Label Society a few times on various Ozzfest tours, but the first album I acquired from them was 2003’s The Blessed Hellride. Oddly enough, on this particular album, every instrument except drums is performed by Wylde himself. I love Zakk’s dedication to the Led Zeppelin recipe of alternating heavy and light songs, unlike many of his heavy metal brethren. This diversity tends to lend extra weight to the bludgeoning power of tracks like Stoned And Drunk, Doomsday Jesus, and Stillborn (featuring guest vocals by Ozzy), and makes the acoustic based songs memorable by their more melodic content. The title song is such a gem…softer, but absolutely powerful all the same. Zakk’s vocals are of the Gregg Allman whisky soaked, rough around the edges style, while his guitar is a blizzard of shredding, face melting insanity when that is required, and soulfully in the groove at just the right spots. For a guy who has written lots of memorable songs for his main boss, Zakk has definitely saved some great tunes for his own band.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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The video is for the newest single from the band’s upcoming album, ‘Grimmest Hits.’

Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society have premiered the music video for their new single, “All That Once Shined.”

The video—like the band’s most recent music video, for “Room for Nightmares”—was directed by longtime Black Label Society collaborator Justin Reich. It seems to be a tongue-in-cheek half-homage, half-parody of Bob Dylan’s legendary “Subterranean Homesick Blues” music video.

The single is taken from the band’s upcoming album, Grimmest Hits. The album—the band’s tenth—is slated for a January 19, 2018 release via Entertainment One (eOne).

You can preorder Grimmest Hitshere.

For more on Black Label Society, stop by blacklabelsociety.com.

Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society Premiere “All That Once Shined” Music Video

On this date in history, 8/13/2002, Ozzfest made the annual tour stop at Deer Creek. This time around the metal smorgasbord featured Ozzy Osbourne, System Of A Down, Rob Zombie, P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Adema, Black Label Society, Ill Nino, Down, Hatebreed, Meshuggah, Lost Prophets, Chevelle, The Apex Theory, Neurotica, The Used, Mushroomhead, Seether, Glassjaw, Switched, Otep, and Pulse Ultra.

This show ended up being sort of bizarre for me. First of all, I went alone, because my son went with a bunch of his friends, so I was on my own. No problem there.

A few days prior to the show I had accidentally washed one of my contact lenses down the sink, so I wore my glasses. Again, no problem. I just determined to stay out of the mosh pits and everything would be just fine!

I enjoyed some killer sets by Otep, Meshuggah (unbelievably brutal and fantastic!) and Hatebreed, along with okay sets by Neurotica (who did a pretty cool cover of “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles, The Apex Theory (who actually benefited from a brief rain storm that united the crowd in an act of drenched solidarity) and Mushroomhead (who suffered from technical issues that were probably out of their control).

Phil Anselmo and the mighty Down were the headliners of the second stage and I had managed to maneuver my way to the very front of the stage. The first two songs were crazy good, and then the unthinkable happened!  A crowd surfer’s foot made contact with my head, and my glasses fell to the ground, instantly trampled and destroyed! I blindly pushed back through the crowd and found a payphone and called my roommate who was coming to the show later to see Ozzy and System Of A Down.

I luckily got her to bring my one remaining contact to me. While I waited, blind as a bat, I at least got to listen to Black Label Society and Drowning Pool (coincidentally, their lead singer’s last performance before he was found dead on his tour bus the next day) and finally my contact was delivered just in time for me to see Rob Zombie’s final song!

System and Ozzy finished in stellar form and that is my report for Ozzfest 2002. Moral of the story…be careful when rinsing contact lenses!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

 

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