After a great week for Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. Check out interview Monday. Press play below, sit back, listen and enjoy.
Words and Interview by Doug Terry
You don’t interview Zakk Wylde. You sit down and try to take notes while Zakk Wylde imparts wisdom upon you. It’s the only way to describe a chat with the man widely reputed as not only the most technically proficient axe-wielder in modern metal, but also as one of the most widely recognized and well-loved musicians in the metal fraternity who has over the decades, inspired countless people across the globe to pick up the guitar. Thrust into the spotlight at an early age as Ozzy Osbourne’s fledgling guitarist in the late 80s. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Blockbuster movie appearances. Innumerable world tours – all forged by a career that has brought us to the release of Black Label Society’s 9th studio album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican – an album that stands alone not just in its bone-crunching riffage and soaring emotional highs, but also in its consistency as another chapter in the BLS/Zakk Wylde story. As Zakk says here with Rockersphere, “I still listen to the same records I listened to when I was 14 years old that were magic to me then – they’re still magic to me now.” His reverence for classic rock and timeless albums encapsulates the ideology behind Black Label Society – write what you know and love, be good at it, and do it forever and a day. This isn’t a career helped along by riding the coattails of the latest trends in the scene or propped up by loud gimmicks. Tirelessly, continuously, and fervently behind the curtain of modern metal is where you’ll find Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, hammering out consistently brilliant heavy metal which at this point in time, has brought us to Catacombs of the Black Vatican. In the name of all that is unholy, listen to this album. Many, many times over. From the big-balled bravado of tracks like Fields of Unforgiveness and Beyond the Down to the raw vulnerability of Shades of Gray and Angel of Mercy, this is a record for the ages. Press play below and enjoy.
It’s out 11th April 2014 via BulletProof Australia