Watch BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s Entire Fort Lauderdale Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s entire October 26 concert at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida can be seen below.

Featured songs:

01. Intro 00:00 
02. Bleed for Me 00:23 
03. Demise of Sanity 05:55 
04. Overlord 09:32 
05. Heart of Darkness 15:39 
06. A Love Unreal 21:06 
07. The Blessed Hellride 26:55 
08. Spoke in the Wheel 33:15 
09. In This River 39:23 
10. Trampled Down Below 44:59 
11. Destruction Overdrive 49:42 
12. Set You Free 53:09 
13. Fire It Up 57:15 
14. Guitar Solo (with “Smoke On The Water” jam) 01:02:02 
15. Suicide Messiah (with “Black Sabbath” outro 01:07:14 
16. Stillborn 01:16:29

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s 11th studio album, “Doom Crew Inc.”, will be released on November 26 via MNRK Heavy(formerly eOne Music).

In a recent interview with the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY leader Zakk Wylde stated about the writing process for “Doom Crew Inc.”: “The way it always goes, it’s always the music first and then a melody. And then I’ve gotta find out something I wanna sing about. So then I’ll write the lyrics. That’s usually always the way it goes. And then, when it’s all done, then the solos go on it. The painting’s all done, and the solo is the frame that goes on the thing. So you can sit back and look at the whole thing. That’s the way we pretty much always do it.

“We did the box set, and then we did videos for that, and then, after that, [my wife Barbaranne] was just, like, ‘Maybe you guys can do a record,'” he recalled. “I said, ‘All right. No problem.’ So I said, ‘How long till the guys come out?’ [She said], ‘You’ve got a month till the fellows come out.’ So I was just, like, ‘All right. Let me get started.’ So I would just have a cup of coffee and just start writing riffs. You always get inspired by — for me, it’s always Mount Riffmore, which is CREAMMOUNTAIN, [LEDZEPPELIN, [BLACKSABBATHDEEP PURPLE… If you’re not getting inspired by the riffs those guys have created, it’s just like… So I’ll just go fishing and just start writing till you get to something you like.

“What we ended up doing [was] tracking about 30 songs and then whittled it down to the 12 that we have [on the album],” Zakkexplained. “It’s funny, ’cause the ‘Farewell Ballad’ thing has been sitting around on YouTube for probably about 11 years or something like that — just that instrumental strip of music. And so I was just, like, ‘You know what? Let me just get around to finishing this thing.’ ‘Cause we had that bit of music, the chord progression that I wrote. So then I just finished it — I just wrote a melody, I wrote a song with that intro. So we finished that thing. And then ‘Love Reign Down’, the piano ballad, that was sitting around. I wrote that about my mother who passed away. That was during [the making of Ozzy Osbourne‘s] ‘No More Tears’, actually. I remember noodling on the piano at A&M and I wrote that song. So it was good to actually finally put that on an album. But the rest of it is all brand new. ‘Set You Free’ was pretty much right at the end, when we were tracking everything else. So that definitely popped in there late at the end of the whole thing. But the album’s probably almost about a year old now, since we recorded it and finished it and mastered it and everything like that. But it’s just been sitting in the can until right now.”

“Doom Crew Inc.” will be available digitally on CD and vinyl plus a deluxe edition that includes vinyl, CD longbox, cassette and more. The 12-track album is both a tribute to the band’s “first to bleed, last to leave” road crew and a salute to the legion whose support, stretching back to 1998, rivals that of the KISS Army.

The songs are odes to celebration and mourning, the soundtracks to jubilant evenings and bewildering days recorded in Wylde‘s home studio, the Black Vatican. On this album, Zakk trades solos and twin-guitar parts with Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist John “J.D.” DeServio and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY kicked off the “Doom Trooping Over North America”tour on October 1 in Sacramento at Ace Of Spades. The trek, with openers OBITUARYand PRONG, will run through November 28, ending in Albuquerque at the Sunshine Theater. The band will then finish up the tour from December 27-31 with PRONGand ARMORED SAINT.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

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

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

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.

On This Day in History

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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