Black Label Society released a music video for their cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” , for your viewing pleasure. The cover is off the bands’ live album, Unblackened, available September 24th.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
TO RELEASE UNBLACKENED
ON DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL VIDEO VIA EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT
CD DOUBLE DISC VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE
~September 24, 2013~
Unblackened,” the new live DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. [Pre-book Order Date September 9, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].
Additionally, Zakk’s label home, eOne Music, will release the audio version of the “Unblackened” DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD, including two acoustic versions of “Queen Of Sorrow” and “Won’t Find It Here,” and covers of Leon Russell’s “Song For You” and “Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers.
Since their early nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed and helmed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of hard rock. Their penchant for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. “Unblackened,” however, unveils another side of the band.
Filmed and recorded earlier this year in high definition at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, “Unblackened” is Black Label Society presenting their songs in a whole new light, with greater use of acoustic instrumentation. Wylde plays both guitar and piano, with Nick Catanase on guitar, John DeServio on bass/vocals, Chad Szeliga on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards/piano, and Greg Locascio providing additional vocals.
Their stripped-down approach highlights the subtler nuances of the songwriting, without losing any of the fire or intensity. Classic tracks like “Stillborn,” “The Blessed Hellride,” “In This River,” “Throwin’ It All Away,” “Losin’ Your Mind,” and many others are still punctuated by the stinging, searing solos that fans know and love, while showcasing the versatility of the band.
In addition to the concert, “Unblackened” is rich in bonus material. A new interview with Zakk, photo gallery, music video for “Losin’ Your Mind,” and a feature with Wylde visiting HM Prison Stocken in the U.K . are all included.
Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes of the past 20-plus years, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling “No More Tears,” of which Wylde wrote all the music. Bestowed with such accolades as “Golden God” by Metal Hammer and the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine, Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with. Black Label Society continues to enthrall fans around the globe, and “Unblackened” is another incredible piece in the band’s catalog.
DVD TRACK LISTING
1.) Losin’ Your Mind
2.) The Blessed Hellride
3.) Sold My Soul
4.) Road Back Home
5.) Spoke In The Wheel
6.) House Of Doom
7.) Queen Of Sorrow
8.) Machine Gun Man
9.) Sweet Jesus
10.) In This River
11.) Throwin’ It All Away
12.) Takillya (Estyabon)
13.) Won’t Find It Here
16.) I Thank You Child
CD TRACK LISTING
1. Losin’ Your Mind
2. The Blessed Hellride
3. Sold My Soul
4. Road Back Home
5. Spoke In the Wheel
6. House Of Doom
7. Queen Of Sorrow
8. Machine Gun Man
9. Sweet Jesus
10. In This River
11. Throwin’ It All Away
1. Takillya (Estyabon)
2. Won’t Find It Here
5. I Thank You Child
7. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (cover)
9. Lovin’ Woman
10. Queen Of Sorrow (unplugged)
11. Song For You (cover)
12. Won’t Find It Here (unplugged)
13. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society & Judas Priest invaded Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena on November 8th. Check out our Photo Gallery, & mini review below.
Thin Lizzy which is now fronted by The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick, sounded amazing. Warwick’s vocals are very similar to the late Phillip Lynott, and he does an excellent job. Damon Johnson (Brother Cane, Alice Cooper Band) is the bands newest guitarist replacing Vivian Campbell, and Richard Fortus. He seems to fit in quite well. I have never seen Thin Lizzy before, and was amazed at how good they sounded. I was thrilled to see this classic band in action. They lineup has changed several times over the years, but Thin Lizzy still rocks.
Black Label Society put on one of the loudest shows in recent memory. I am pretty sure the folks eating wings at Hooters in Newport, KY (that is down the river from U.S. Bank Arena) could hear Zakk Wylde & company. Black Label Society’s sound guy must have had all of their amps set at maximum volume. The only problem with this was, Zakk’s vocals were inaudible. I know all of Black Label Society’s music, and I could watch Zakk Wylde & company play all night. Wylde is a killer guitarist, and as much as I love his playing, I like his vocals even more. I was disappointed that I couldn’t hear them. Aside from that, Black Label Society sounded great.
Judas Priest took the stage and proceeded to play for over two hours. They covered songs from just about every facet of their career. The Metal God, Rob Halford is still getting it done in 2011. The 60 year old front man, may not be able to hit all of the notes he used to, but he still sounds great. Ritchie Faulkner who has replaced the retired KK Downing on lead guitar, not only looks the part,but does an amazing job. KK Downing will always be missed, but Faulkner has injected new life into Judas Priest. The Judas Priest set included the following songs: “Rapid Fire”, “Metal Gods”, “Heading Out to the Highway”, “Judas Rising”,”Starbreaker”, “Victim of Changes”, “Never Satisfied”, “Diamonds & Rust”, “Dawn Of Creation”, “Prophecy”, “Night Crawler”, “Turbo Lover”, “Beyond the Realms of Death”, “The Sentinel”, “Blood Red Skies”, “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)”, “Breaking the Law”, “Painkiller”, “The Hellion”, “Electric Eye”, “Hell Bent for Leather”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and “Living After Midnight”.
This is Judas Priest’s Epitaph tour, meaning the band will not longer do world tours from here on out. There was only four – five thousand in attendance at the Cincinnati show, which I though was extremely disappointing. This may be the last time we get to see Judas Priest perform in our area. Judas Priest put on an excellent that was a feast for the ears & the eyes. The show filled with pyro, lasers, and more importantly some legendary metal tunes played to perfection.
There are only a few tour dates left on the Epitaph tour. If you live in one of the areas below, you should definitely get a ticket for this show.
30 November 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
Check out our Photo Gallery below. You can right click on an image to view it larger.
THC – GEARING UP FOR TOUR NOW!!!
Select Dates with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
The Texas Hippie Coalition will hit the road to unleash their brutal fury of hard driven Southern Fried Metal across the U.S.. – THC will start their journey in Las Vegas, September 12th at the Crown Theater in the RIO Hotel.
Asked whether THC are rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal or southern rock – or a bastardization of the three, the band will tell you one thing, they are a wrecking crew of BRUTALITY! “We’re as southern as southern can be,” says ‘Big Dad’ Ritch, the behemoth front man and driving force behind Texas Hippie Coalition. “Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – we’re as outlaw as we can get, while at the same time having the power of that Texas groove, like Pantera. We’re metal with a southern rock and roll spirit. We are a band of outlaws.” Big Dad Ritch (vocals) leads this driving force along with Randy Cooper (lead guitar), Wes Wallace (rhythm guitar), John Exhall (bass) and Tim Braun (drums).
THC will join the much anticipated BLACK LABEL SOCIETY select shows dates while they trek the U.S. with their guns blazing across the U.S. – THC will have latest release available “Rollin” on Carved Records.
MON, SEPT 12 Las Vegas, NV The Crown Theater/Rio Hotel
THURS, SEPT 15 Davenport, IA Redstone Room/River Music Experience
FRI, SEPT 16 Merriam, KS Aftershock
SAT, SEPT 17 Glendale Heights, IL Shark City
SUN, SEPT 18 Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
TUES, SEPT 20 Fredricksburgh, VA Q Balls Billiards
WED, SEPT 21 Sarver, PA Peter B’s
THURS, SEPT 22 Watertown, NY Fatboys
FRI, SEPT 23 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
SAT, SEPT 24 Tupper Lake, NY Old Northern Pub
WED, SEPT 28 Worcester, MA The Lucky Dog
THURS, SEPT 29 Seabrook, NH Chop Shop
FRI, SEPT 30 Auburn, ME Club Texas
SAT, OCT 1 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
SUN, OCT 2 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
TUES, OCT 4 Morgantown, WV 23 Pleasant Street
WEDS, OCT 5 Reading, PA Reverb Rock Garden
FRI, OCT 7 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom **
SAT, OCT 8 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall **
SUN, OCT 9 New Orleans, LA House of Blues **
FRI, OCT 14 San Antonio, TX Jack’s Bar
SAT, OCT 15 Houston, TX Flamingo Room
THURS, OCT 20 Tempe, AZ Club Red
FRI, OCT 21 Gallup, NM The Juggernaut
FRI, OCT 28 Georgetown, OH Victory’s Sports Bar
FRI, NOV 4 Rochester, MN Wicked Moose
SAT, NOV 5 Mankato, MN Buster’s
WED, NOV 9 Kearney, NE The Garage
THURS, NOV 10 Omaha, NE The Hideout
FRI, NOV 11 Waterloo, IA Spicoli’s Grill and Reverb Rock Garden
SAT, NOV 12 Illiopolis, IL Bunker’s Bar
MON, NOV 14 Urbana, IL The Stop City
WEDS, NOV 16 Fargo, ND The Nestor Tavern
** Denotes date with BLS
THC plan to go back in studio after this extensive tour and record their new material for a 2012 follow up release, yet to be titled. For more information on THC go to www.thcoutlaw.com or www.carvedrecordds.com.
Black Label Society frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde is proud to announce the upcoming release of THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME (Entertainment One Music) on May 17th. The offering features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, ORDER OF THE BLACK, as well as additional material recorded during the ORDER OF THE BLACK sessions. THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME was conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde’s favorite bands, Led Zeppelin. Click here for cover art and please see below for full track listing.
In other Black Label Society news, the next single from ORDER OF THE BLACK, “Darkest Days” has impacted radio on March 21st. The track showcases Wylde’s softer side with soulful lyrics, a hauntingly beautiful melody and captivating piano played by the guitar icon himself. An alternate version of the song featuring country superstar John Rich will appear on THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME.
“The Song Remains Not The Same” track listing:
1. Overlord (Unplugged version)
2. Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
3. Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
4. Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
5. Juniors Eyes
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
8. Can’t Find My Way Home
9. Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
10. The First Noel
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011:
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S PREMIER
DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL
WITH SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF ROCK HEAVYWEIGHTS
A PERFECT CIRCLE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,
DISTURBED, KORN, STONE SOUR AND STAIND
LINE-UP ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
DANZIG, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ALTER BRIDGE
ROCK ON THE RANGE is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary! America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio–will feature a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights including A Perfect Circle (first performance of 2011), Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind (first performance in two years). The unforgettable weekend will also be highlighted by performances from Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. In addition, Juliya of Fuse TV will return as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
“Three years ago my other band Ashes Divide was fortunate enough to play Rock On The Range as a support act; to return to the same festival and headline this year with A Perfect Circle is truly an honor,” says Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
“We are honored that Rock On The Range has asked us be one of the headliners,” says M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “Not only is it an amazing show to be apart of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts. Rock On The Range was the last American show we played with our best friend and drummer, The Rev. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy of rock n roll insanity that night! See you all there.”
“If you suffer from stimulus overload, the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range may be too much for you,” quips Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Virtually all of the bands that make up the top of the Active Rock charts are performing at America’s biggest Rock festival. When you look at the acts on the bill, and think of the massive list of songs that live in the body of that lineup, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement.”
The ROCK ON THE RANGE celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Best of all, your ticket to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase!
“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland, but it’s actually been five years now.” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, the ‘Rangers,’ Rock On The Range would still just be an idea on the back of a napkin! We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then to throw a big FREE party for everyone! It will be a night of unmatched celebration!”
A special ROCK ON THE RANGE ticket pre-sale will take place from Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (ET) through Friday, February 11 at 10:00 PM (ET). For details on pre-sale, go to: www.facebook.com/rockontherange. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM (ET). Two-day weekend festival passes start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees. Layaway ticket purchase options are also still available for a limited time.
“We are extremely excited about the lineup for Rock On The Range’s Fifth Anniversary show at Crew Stadium,” said Mark McCullers, President & General Manager of the Columbus Crew, a co-executive Producer of Rock On The Range. “We are coming off another record year in 2010 and are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.”
ROCK ON THE RANGE–The Book is another new bonus for fans in connection with the fifth anniversary of the festival. This limited edition coffee-table photo book captures the first four years of ROTR and features behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen performance shots, and testimonials from past ROTR performers including Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Slash, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Rise Against and many more. Copies of ROTR—The Book will be included in each of the VIP and Hotel ticket packages and is also available independently for $25 plus shipping and handling at www.rockontherange.com.
The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011 is as follows: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour, Staind, Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Hinder, Escape The Fate, All That Remains, P.O.D., The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Black Veil Brides, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Cavo, Trapt, Rev Theory and Pop Evil.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.
Black Label Society has released a whacky new video ‘Overloard” on their VEVO channel. This video is in support of the new Black Label Society album, Order of the Black.
Check it out below!
With eight albums in eleven years, Black Label Society’ has been one of the hardest working bands in heavy metal. Order of the Black may not offer you too many surprises, but it does have a bunch of kick ass metal that BLS has been known for.
The opening track “Crazy Horse” is about the legendary Native American Crazy Horse, who fought against General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. This is a ripping track with some cool subject matter. I love the rhythm on this song. The thundering drums and thumping bass is killer. Zakk’s riffs are awesome as well.
According to Zakk Wylde, he broke two blood vessels in his brain singing “Overlord”. Zakk might not be the best vocalist I have ever heard, but you have to have give him credit. I haven’t heard of another singer singing so hard that he caused himself an injury. That is as METAL as it gets. I love the Wah pedal intro on “Overlord”. I wish it would have been used in the song a little more, but this is still very cool.
“Parade of the Dead” is the first single from Order of the Black. For a three and a half minute tune, “Parade of the Dead” is packed with guitar riffs. Zakk plays his ass off, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Darkest Days” is the first of three piano based numbers, and is easily my favorite out of the three. (“Time Waits for No One” and “Shall Grave are the other two.) I love it when Zakk Wylde slows it down, and shows the other side of his talent. His voice might actually be stronger on the slower numbers than on the heavy ones. If he ever decided to pursue something besides metal music, he certainly has the talent to do so. I am a fan of his pre-Black Label CD, Pride & Glory, and this style always brings that southern rock style to mind.
If “Darkest Days” was too slow for you, “Black Sunday” is the face melting tune you were waiting for. Heavy riffs are in abundance in this rocker.
Zakk sounds like he stole a killer riff from Tony Iommi on “Southern Dissolution”. About mid way through this song, their is a guitar lick that is awesome. I believe Zakk should have built this song around that riff. This would have been a much better song. It isn’t bad, but not as catchy as it should be.
If you aren’t headbanging to “Godspeed Hell Bound”, your stereo must be broken. The double bass drums, and galloping bass rock hard on this song. This is easily one of my favorites on Order of the Black.
“War of Heaven” has a doom laden song that reminds me a lot of Black Sabbath. After listening to this song a couple of times, I wonder if Zakk Wylde took his inspiration for this song from the “Book of Revelation”. You have to hear the song to understand what I mean.
“Chupacabra” is Zakk Wylde’s answer to Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly”. It is a brief instrumental track that doesn’t really add much to the album.
Is Order of the Black, Black Label Society’s best release to date? While I have enjoyed this CD, I don’t think it is. I believe Black Label Society have had more memorable songs on their previous albums. Order of the Black is good, and it does rock, it just isn’t the best I have heard from BLS.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Crazy Horse
3. Parade Of The Dead
4. Darkest Days
5. Black Sunday
6. Southern Dissolution
7. Time Waits For No One
8. Godspeed Hell Bound
9. War Of Heaven
10. Shallow Grave
12. Riders Of The Damned
Black Label Society is:
Zakk Wylde- vocals, guitars, piano
John DeServio – backing vocals, bass
Will Hunt – drums
BLS’ new CD, Order of the Black, which will be released worldwide August 10, 2010 will feature 4 different CD covers. North America/Europe/Australia & South America/ Asia will all feature different covers.
The U.S. Cover is posted below!
More than 15 years after Ozzy Osbourne debuted OZZFest, the defining blueprint for hard rock tours and festivals returns this August in five American cities with an explosive bill co-headlines by OZZY and, in their first-ever OZZFest appearance, Motley Cure–touring together for the first time with OZZY since he invited the group on their now legendary 1984 arena tour. Expect the energy to go way off the carts at the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment.
The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, Motley Crue and Rob Halford (who last appeared on OZZfest in 2004 with Judas Priest and Fight. DevilDriver and Nonpoint will round out the main stage line=up. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be Joines by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.
BlACK LABEL SOCIETY FEATURING GUITAR ICON ZAKK WYLDE, BLS’S NEW ALBUM IS DUE OUT SUMMER 2010
E1 Music announces the addition of guitar icon Zakk Wylde’s band, Black Label Society, to its rock and metal roster. The two album deal covers North America exclusively.
Wylde formed Black Label Society (BLS) in 1994 as a vehicle for his own artistic vision: uncompromising, unfiltered, no bullshi* rock’n’roll. The band quickly became a touring juggernaut and went on to release seven successful studio albums which have sold well over a million and a half albums total.
Wylde has been no stranger to success over the years. At only 19 years old, he was tapped to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly twenty years. While under Osbourne’s tutelage, he formed Black Label Society and in the decade since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever. SDMF for short, the Berserkers, along with Wylde have created a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll.
E1 Music VP of Metal Scott Givens comments on the deal, “Rarely does the opportunity come along to sign an artist as talented, influential and important as Zakk Wylde. I am thrilled to welcome him to the E1 Music Group. He is the future of our company and all of us are battle ready to go to the wall for him.”
Zakk Wylde said about the pairing, “I’ve known Scott Givens since I first joined Ozzy, and we’ve always looked for an opportunity to work together…everything came together at E1. I cannot wait to bring new BLS Nationwide on E1!”
Black Label Society will release a new studio album in late summer 2010. The band will also embark on its annual BLACK LABEL BASH tour in the fall.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY FRONTMAN ZAKK WYLDE’S HEALTH TAKES CENTER STAGE
MEDICAL CONDITION HAS FORCED THE BAND TO DEPART THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR IMMEDIATELY
Black Label Society has performed their last show on “The Pedal To The Metal Tour” due to the health of frontman Zakk Wylde. Wylde has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, and has been admitted into the hospital in Eugene, OR this afternoon. Today’s BLS appearance in Eugene has been canceled, along with the remaining BLS appearances on the tour.
“The Pedal To The Metal Tour” will continue without Black Label Society, and the rest of the bands will all be participating throughout the remaining dates on the tour. Please visit http://www.pedaltothemetaltour.com for tour dates.
BLS apologizes to ticket holders on the remaining “Pedal To The Metal” dates for the inconvenience, as well as to all BLSNATION Meet & Greet purchasers who gathered for the event this afternoon and in the remaining cities. BLSNATION refunds will be processed promptly.
Further updates on Zakk’s medical condition will become available as they are known.
This summer just got a whole lot hotter, harder, faster and louder. THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR 2009, featuring MUDVAYNE and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, will kick off July 24 in Portland, ME, and conclude September 9, in Oklahoma City, OK (see complete itinerary below). Joining the two metal juggernauts on the road will be STATIC-X, SUICIDE SILENCE, DOPE, BURY YOUR DEAD, and the extremely twisted HELLZAPOPPIN sideshow review, performing during set changes throughout the evening. Pre-sale tickets are available to all of the bands’ fan club members beginning Wednesday, June 10, at 12pm local time at www.pedaltothemetaltour.com (website will go live June 10), with general public on sale beginning Friday, June 12, at 10am local time. “The tour started as a summer tour with us and Black Label Society, but as we started fleshing out ideas, it transformed into this really cool concept,” says Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray. The final result is the inaugural run of THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR, a road ready and battle-proven assemblage of hard rock and heavy metal bands guaranteed to raise temperatures and melt asphalt over the summer months. “We’re really excited, because this package is a merging of great bands, good people and fucking amazing fans. It’ll be great to bring them all together.” “I was looking forward to a full throttle assault with just Mudvayne this summer, but when Chad said ‘Let’s do more,’ I was all-in.” declares Zakk Wylde, the iconic and self professed General Patton of Black Label Society. Adding, “On behalf of JD, Craig, Nick, the Doom Crew Inc. and myself, we can’t wait to see our Black Label family and the entire Black Label nation once again, rollin’ through hell and destroying everything in our path! Fire up the barbecues, fire up the tunes, and get ready for the rest of your Pedal To The Metal family to fire it up and let the engines roll… Game m-f-’n on!” Says Static-X frontman Wayne Static of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.” THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR is being booked exclusively by TKO [The Kirby Organization], the agents for Mudvayne, and is being promoted nationally by Frank Productions and Knitting Factory Presents. The package will travel more than 12,000 miles of highway across America this summer, stopping in nearly three dozen cities over seven weeks.
PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR 2009 ITINERARY:
24 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
28 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
29 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center
31 Big Flatts, NY Tags Summer Stage
1 Albany, NY Altamont Fairgrounds
4 Fort Wayne, IN War Memorial Coliseum
5 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
7 Moline, IL I Wireless Center
8 Rockford, IL Rockford Metro Center
9 Madison, WI Willow Island
11 Topeka, KS Landon Arena
12 Mankato, MN Alltel Arena
14 Omaha, NE Westfair Amphitheater
15 Little Rock, AR NS River Water Park
16 Wichita, KS KS Coliseum Lot
18 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
19 Missoula, MT Ryan Creek Amphitheater
21 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
22 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
23 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
25 Eugene, OR Cubhert Amphitheater
26 Reno, NV Events Center
28 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic Auditorium
29 Bakersfield, CA Rabo Bank Arena
1 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
2 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
4 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
5 San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens
6 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
8 Dallas, TX TBA
9 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater
*Radio shows may not include entire Pedal To The Metal lineup*
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
MUDVAYNE Mudvayne are one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world, and one of the only acts in heavy music to hold the distinction of seeing every one of their five studio albums attain at least gold certification by the RIAA. Not bad for a band that never cared about following trends or playing to the masses. Latest release The New Game was released in November ’08, and is a lesson in controlled chaos that tempers hard rock, heavy metal, prog rock and sadistic splatters of pop into an onslaught of metallic highs and emotional lows. Mudvayne have sold more than five million units worldwide, and performed for more than one million fans on every continent. They were nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the 2005 Grammys, and also shared headlining status on that year’s Ozzfest, performing immediately before Iron Maiden. The Pedal To The Metal Tour marks the next step in Mudvayne’s live evolution.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. He spawned his now legendary Black Label Society in 1994, and in the fifteen years since has turned the outfit into a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll. Inspired by guitarists including Frank Marino, Robin Trower and Al DiMeola, as well as the vocal stylings of Elton John, Gregg Allman and late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie VanZant, Wylde has won every guitar award imaginable and is a major influence to the new wave of heavy metal guitarists. Wherever Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society travels, one thing is for certain: brewtality is sure to follow.
STATIC-X Since the release of their Wisconsin Death Trip debut a decade ago, Static-X have sold more than three million records worldwide. Their latest opus, Cult of Static, was released in March and debuted in the Billboard Top 20, marking their most impressive first-week showing since 2001. Known for their high intensity fusion of metal mayhem and industrial fervor, Static-X have one of the most allegiant fan bases in heavy music. “I jokingly call it a cult, but our fans have that kind of loyalty,” says frontman Wayne Static. “We’re one of the biggest underground bands ever.”
SUICIDE SILENCE The winners of the Best New Talent award at the Revolver Golden God Awards in April, Suicide Silence have emerged at the forefront of the new wave of American heavy metal, and have sold more than 70,000 copies of their 2008 debut, The Cleansing. Hailed as one of the “100 bands you need to know about” by Alternative Press, their sophomore release No Time To Bleed will hit stores June 29, just in time for Pedal To The Metal 2009. DOPE Dope aren’t the heaviest band on this summer’s Pedal To The Metal tour, but they can stake a claim at being the most brutal: Their track “Die Mother Fucker Die” was on a short list of songs used by the United States government to aid in the interrogation of enemy combatants in the war against Iraq. They’ve sold more than one million albums in their decade-plus career, their latest release being last year’s No Regrets. BURY YOUR DEAD Written and recorded in the wake of an accident last September that flipped and rolled the Bury Your Dead tour van, there was no shortage of inspiration for the bone-crunching and chest-pounding canons that mark new release It’s Nothing Personal. Armed with grinding music, spitfire lyrics and melodic interludes, the album packs everything fans have come to expect from the New England metal-core veterans – and, as always, a little bit more…
HELLZAPOPPIN Hellzapoppin bill themselves as “The Greatest Show In Hell,” delivering a burlesque and macabre flavored take on Barnum’s more family-friendly sideshow attractions. Featuring a penguin boy, fire eating, sword swallowing and a self-professed torture king amongst their off-center oddities, the Hellzapoppin sideshow review promises to keep fans eerily entertained and darkly amused between sets on the Pedal To The Metal Tour 2009.
TKO (The Kirby Organization) With offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a roster of more than 150 artists – including Mudvayne, Buckcherry, The Cult, Motorhead, Hellyeah, Hank III, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool and Anthrax – TKO is one of the entertainment industry’s premier music booking agencies.
Black Label Society has released their new greatest hits package, Skullage. This CD/DVD set is a killer combination of Black Label Society’s best songs, as well as an awesome DVD that collects footage from their Boozed, Broozed and Broken-Boned DVD from 2003, as well as some of Black Label Society’s music videos and acoustic live footage.
Is this collection worth picking up? If you want the acoustic versions of songs like “The Blessed Hellride” and “Stillborn” you need to grab this. The music videos on the DVD are worth the price of admission all by themselves in my opinion. I would have liked to have all of their videos (yes, there are some that are missing) but I am happy to finally have a copy of these on DVD. I must point out though, that there is a video in this collection “New Religion” that I have not see before, and that was a nice bonus.
The Welcome To the Compound is a new segment filmed inside Zakk Wylde’s home. This part of the DVD shows off Wylde’s off the wall sense of humor. Zakk gives you an explanation on what the lyrics are about on several of the songs on Skullage. There is a brief part where Wylde talks about the song “In This River” written about Dimebag Darrell Abbott. In this clip there is some old footage with Dimebag. It was unexpected and yet very cool.
If you have all of Black Label Society’s CD’s (as I do), and you don’t need a greatest hits CD, Black Label Society has given you have the option to purchase the DVD separately. Skullage is available as a CD, DVD or a CD/DVD set.
If you have never picked up any of Black Label Society’s music before, Skullage is an awesome way to acquainted with one of the better metal bands of the last decade. Overall, this is a pretty good collection of music and video, and is definitely worth purchasing!
Check out Black Label Society on the web, at this link.
1. Machine Gun Man
2. Dead As Yesterday
3. All For You
4. 13 Years Of Grief
5. Bleed For Me
6. Doomsday Jesus
8. Won’t Find It Here
9. Suicide Messiah
10. In This River
11. Fire It Up
12. New Religion
“Slightly Amped” (Live in Lehigh Valley)
13. Instrumental Intro (acoustic)
14. The Blessed Hellride (acoustic)
15. Spoke In The Wheel (acoustic)
16. Stillborn (acoustic)
1. All For You (From Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned DVD)
2. 13 Years Of Grief (From Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned DVD)
3. Bleed For Me (From Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned DVD)
4. Stillborn video
5. Suicide Messiah video
6. In This River video
7. Fire It Up video
8. New Religion video
9. Welcome To The Compound New Footage
10. Instrumental Intro – Live in Lehigh Valley
11.The Blessed Hellride – Live in Lehigh Valley
12. Spoke In The Wheel – Live in Lehigh Valley
13. We Live No More – Live in Lehigh Valley
14. Stillborn – Live in Lehigh Valley
Black Label Society will embark on the “Black Label Bash” headlining tour in March. This trek, which will feature support from SEVENDUST, will be the band’s first in North America since the fall of 2007.
According to BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, the current trek through Europe has been a huge success — and with the release of a greatest-hits package in the spring, “the time felt good to get back on the bus with the guys back home.”
The first confirmed dates are as follows (more shows will be announced soon):
Mar. 07 – Sparks, NV – The New Oasis
Mar. 10 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre
Mar. 13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Mar. 24 – Waterloo, IA – McElroy Auditorium
Mar. 25 – North Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
Mar. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Mar. 28 – Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Mar. 29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Mar. 31 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre
Apr. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Apr. 03 – Rochester, NY – Main St. Armory
Apr. 04 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Apr. 06 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Apr. 07 – Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
Apr. 10 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Apr. 12 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Apr. 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Apr. 17 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Apr. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Apr. 25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
On November 22nd in Helsinki, Finland Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society will return triumphantly to Scandinavia and Europe to wreak havoc on a 10-city tour that culminates with a headlining appearance at the Metal Hammer Hard Rock Hellfire festival on December 6.
Intermixed with the tour dates will be a UK Zakk Wylde personal appearance that will be announced shortly.
11/22 Helsinki- House of Culture
11/23 Tempere- Pakkahuone
11/25 Stockholm- Berns
11/26 Oslo- Sentrum
11/28 Copenhagen- Amager Bio
11/29 Eindhoven- Speedfest
12/1 Milan- Alcatraz
12/2 Zurich- Rohstofflager
12/3 Cologne- Live Music Hall
12/06 North Wales – Metal Hammer’s Hard Rock Hellfire Festival – Prestatyn
Succubi’s are defined as demons who take the form of beautiful women, in order to seduce men. If the band Black Succubi are demons, they have taken form as metal heads who will tear your world apart with heavy guitar riffs, powerful vocals and hard crashing rhythms.
When I first read about this Scandinavian metal act, I knew they could be something special, but I had no idea they would be this good.
Not only is Black Succubi’s new disc a great new metal album, it will compete with Testament’s The Formation of Damnation for best of 2008. On this CD, I hear heavy riffs that remind me of Pantera, Halford and Black Label Society. I love all of those bands so I found this album very much to my liking.
Jan Lundstrom is one of the best new metal singers that I have heard in a long time. When you hear the combined guitar might of Thomas Pedersen, and Michael Larsen, you will think you have died and gone to metal heaven. Black Succubi has some great guest appearances on this record as well. Mercyful Fate’s Hank Shermann adds a guitar solo on the tune “Cry For Your Brother”, and Iron Fire’s Kirk Bacharach on the song “Psychotic Meltdown”.
Bottom line, this album is heavy as hell, and absolutely killer. No metal fan should be without this!
Go to the Black Succubi myspace page to preview some of the music on this album. For more information on the band, check out their website at this link. You can buy this album from iTunes and Prefueled. Go get it! You will be glad you did!
01. Troubled Times
02. Dark Side
03. Into Oblivion
04. Blood And Flames
05. You Cant Run Away
06. Psychotic Meltdown
07. Feel It Coming
08. Cry For Your Brother
10. Time To Get Even
Black Succubi is:
Jan Lundstrøm: vocals
Thomas “Pede” Pedersen – guitars, growl
Jens B. – drums
Jesper Brogaard – bass, backing vocals
Michael Larsen – guitars, backing vocals
Additional backing vocals by Rachelle Ramm
Guitar solo by Kirk Backarach (IronFire)
Guitar solo by Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Force of Evil)
If you live in the North east, be sure to check out one of the live dates below for Black Label Society’s John Servio!
Speed X, the new band featuring Nick Catanese (of Black Label Society) and Mike Stone (of Queensryche) has posted new music to their myspace page.
Speed X is the side project of Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), Mike Stone (Queensryche) and Mike Froedge (Double Driver). The band is currently working on new tunes for a 2008 release. They have posted one track on their new myspace page. Stop by their site and check it out. The address is www.myspace.com/speedxband
How does Zakk Wylde do it? Each year he chugs out another quality CD.
Shot to Hell is no exception in the quality dept.
This CD sounds like it could be Mafia part 2 in many cases, with the exception that it has more slower tracks than its predecessor. Aside from that, Zakk’s vocals and guitar style is virtually unchanged, and that is a good thing. I guess if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. The BLS formula seems to work.
Several quality tracks and a only a 2 or 3 that I would consider fillers. If you liked Mafia, chances are you will enjoy Shot to Hell as well. Fans needing a heavy yet melodic hard rock CD should give this one a look. For Black Label Society fans, its a no brainer, pick this up!
- Concrete Jungle*
- Black Mass Reverends*
- Blacked Out World
- The Last Goodbye*
- Give Yourself to Me
- Nothing is the Same
- Hell is High
- New Religion*
- Sick of it All
- Faith is Blind
- Blood is Thicker that Water*
- Devil’s Dime
- Lead Me to Your Door
Black Label Society is:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals, Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
John DeServio – Bass Guitars
Craig Nunenmacher – Drums
Nick Catanese – Rhythm Guitars