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Zakk Wylde

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde has debuted the music video for “Lost Prayer,” from his latest solo album, Book of Shadows II. Directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich, it is the second video from BOSII.

Last summer, Wylde released the “Sleeping Dogs” video, featuring Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. That track has become the most successful active rock radio single of Wylde’s career, reaching number 15 in the U.S. and number five in Canada. (more…)

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

LIVE PHOTOS: Zakk Wylde, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Jared James Nichols
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Review by Greg Maki
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Even as he built Black Label Society into the metal monster it is today, Zakk Wylde cultivated another side as a musician, mixing the occasional acoustic number or piano ballad among the Sabbath-esque riffs and face-melting guitar solos. He’s emphasized it more of late, first with the BLS Unblackened album and tour, and this year with his second solo release, 20 years after the first record bearing his name, appropriately titled Book of Shadows II.

On both Book of Shadows albums, Wylde leans into his love of Southern rock, with mellow, melancholy tunes that highlight him as a songwriter in addition to being one of the few remaining bona fide guitar gods. Yet lIke the Unblackened run last year, the tour supporting Book of Shadows II is anything but “unplugged.” (more…)

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Featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde has debuted a new song from his upcoming solo album, Book of Shadows II, which will be released April 8 via eOne Music. The album is coming 20 years after Wylde’s first solo release, Book of Shadows, which showcased his softer, Southern rock side. The cover artwork and track listing for Book of Shadows II can be seen below.

A pre-order bundle is available, featuring a signed CD and a poster. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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After the acoustic The Song Remains Not the Same (2011) and the stripped-down, double live album Unblackened (2013), Black Label Society is bringing the thunder once again on its ninth proper studio release, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (named for BLS overlord Zakk Wylde’s home studio).

“If you ask me the difference between this album and the last eight or nine? It’s the song titles,” Zakk, in his typical self-deprecating manner, says in the latest official BLS bio. While it’s refreshing to see a musician who doesn’t take himself so seriously, he’s selling Catacombs a bit short. Yeah, it has the expected mix of full-throttle rockers and a few tender ballads, and the guitar playing is nothing short of godlike, but this release has a different feel than much of what has preceded it. (more…)

TheSongRemainsNotTheSameReview by Greg Maki
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Black Label Society fans had to endure four long years between Shot to Hell and 2010’s Order of the Black. Maybe that’s why we have, less than a year later, the mostly acoustic offering The Song Remains Not the Same. The 10-track collection, pulled from the Order of the Black sessions at guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde’s new home studio, features reworked versions of four Order tunes, four covers, a country singer and even a Christmas carol. (more…)

Black Label Society 'Order Of The Black'Review by Greg Maki
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Zakk Wylde will tell you the writing and recording of Order of the Black, the eighth Black Label Society studio album, was no different than that of any other record he’s done. But consider the year the man had leading up to its August 2010 release. First, he lost his longtime gig as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist. He had to take time off from touring—and spend some time in emergency rooms—due to blood clots in his legs, a condition that also led to him putting down the bottle. His father passed away in January. And, the happening most directly related to the new album, he built a home recording studio, affectionately known as the “Black Label Bunker.” (more…)

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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Review by Greg Maki

Even though many fans may go to extraordinary lengths to meet them or see them in concert, I realize the guys (and gals) in bands are just that—guys. Talented, creative guys with incredibly cool jobs, but still just plain old average guys like you and me. Well, most of them are, that is.

From the moment Zakk Wylde steps on stage, he exudes a presence unlike anyone else. Physically, he is as imposing as it gets, with biceps the size of tree trunks, a long blonde mane, massive beard with two braids extending halfway down his chest, huge chain hanging from his waist and a leather vest adorned with the classic Black Label Society colors. Then he pounds out devastating riff after riff and shreds through solos that undoubtedly bring wide smiles to the faces of Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell as they watch from god’s tavern while slamming back a few Black Tooth Grins. I’ve seen BLS live 15 times now, and I am as much in awe of Zakk as ever. The show on this night may have been the best yet. (more…)

Skullage_coverReview by Greg Maki
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Black Label Society’s Kings of Damnation 98-04 came out in 2005, and now, less than four years later, we have another Zakk Wylde retrospective, Skullage (rhymes with “collage”). The CD begins with two tracks from Zakk’s pre- BLS days (“Machine Gun Man” from Pride and Glory, and “Dead as Yesterday” from his Book of Shadows solo album) before getting to the Black Label meat and potatoes. The disc repeats only three songs from Kings of Damnation while hitting on the most well-known BLS selections (“Stillborn,” “Suicide Messiah,” “In This River”), as well as solid album tracks, such as the punishing “Doomsday Jesus” from The Blessed Hellride. It ends with the “Slightly Amped” acoustic performance of three songs by Zakk and guitarist Nick Catanese. (more…)

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