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CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Unblackened"

Veröffentlicht am 23. September 2013 von Markus W. in Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde, Heavy Metal, CD Review

The good thing in life is, that you're surprised from time to time. That was also the situation when I listened to the newest release of the Black Label Society - the band of guitar maniac Zakk Wylde. It's a live album (also available as DVD) which was recorded in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and is called "Unblackened". I actually haven't expected a lot of the album and thought: OK, another live recording. But I was impressed when I heard it for the first time.

The biggest surprise is that Zakk rearranged the songs and the whole show is based on great songs and Zakk's guitar work combined with a lot of acoustic moments. In some moments the songs get even a kind of grunge touch. The opener "The blessed hellride" is one of those songs. "House of doom" and "Road back home" go in the same direction.

Another highlight is the very fragile piano-based version of "Sweet Jesus". It's not that often that a song carries that much emotion. From the intensity I think it is to compare with Guns'n'Roses" "November rain". And this feeling will continue on "In this river". And it's not only Zakk's great guitar play, it's also the great vocal which give the songs a mix between toughness and warmth. If someone will ever tell you that men have less emotions, just give them this record.

Worth listening to is also "Still born". The song starts very slow and acoustic before another great guitar solo starts and lead you to other dimensions. It sounds really different from the original version and it's excellent arranged.

Not to forget the well interpreted cover from Bill Withers "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone".

But actually it's not fair to just mention some songs, since all songs could be listed.

This is a live album which is authentic, different, has a good sound and is worth listening to. Well done.



  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. Throwing it all away
  12. Takillya (Estyabon)
  13. Won't find it here
  14. Rust
  15. Speedball
  16. I thank you child
  17. Still born
  18. Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
  19. Lovin' woman
  20. Queen of sorrow
  21. Song for you
  22. Won't find it here
  23. Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Label: Armoury Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Unblackened"