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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

LIVE PHOTOS: Black Label Society, Wino
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Review by Greg Maki
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Let’s get one thing straight: “Unblackened” does not equal “unplugged.”

Many people, including fans, are under the impression that Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” tour is an acoustic affair, despite the presence of a 2013 live album of the same name that offers definitive proof otherwise. (Of course, the Wikipedia entry on the release begins, “Unblackened is a live acoustic album,” so there’s plenty of misinformation out there.) (more…)

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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…)

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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Always bet on black:
Black Label Society live in Atlantic City

By Greg Maki

Live photos

Does any metal band today have as devoted a following as Black Label Society? Throughout the afternoon of Friday, June 3, 2011, fans wearing BLS T-shirts or vests wandered around the cavernous Showplace Casino, in which the House of Blues is located, and made their way up and down the Atlantic City boardwalk. (Others eyed them curiously, surely wondering what exactly Black Label Society is.) BLS founder/frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde often talks about family, referring to his band’s supporters as “fams” rather than “fans.” And the “fams” clearly have taken the concept to heart; you could see old friends reuniting and new friendships forming. It all adds up to a concert atmosphere unlike any other. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2011. Photos by Greg Maki. (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, 2010, from left: John "J.D." DeServio, Nick Catanese, Zakk Wylde and Will Hunt.

Black Label Society, 2010, from left: John “J.D.” DeServio, Nick Catanese, Zakk Wylde and Will Hunt.

While Zakk Wylde undoubtedly is the center of attention in Black Label Society, his closest musical partner for the past several years has been John “J.D.” DeServio. In addition to playing bass in the band, J.D. picked up co-producing and mixing credits on the new album, Order of the Black (review). He’s also the founder, bassist and driving force behind another band, Cycle of Pain, which released its debut album in 2009 (review). With Black Label Society touring the United States and Canada throughout the fall on the Black Label Bezerkus, with support from Children of Bodom, Clutch and 2Cents, J.D. called in from the road to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the tour, the new album, Zakk Wylde’s sobriety and more. (more…)

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Halloween Hootenanny. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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