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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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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…)

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Zakk Wylde performing on ‘The Unblackened Tour’ at Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD, April 8, 2015.

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the ““Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com..

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year (read live recap and view live photos here). All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon. (more…)

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Black Label Society, fronted by guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has announced its spring “Unblackened” tour in the United States. The band originally performed”Unblackened” two years ago as a one-night-only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The show will feature intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s solo album, Book of Shadows, and his Southern rock band, Pride & Glory. (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…)

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…)