Monday, September 16, 2013

CD Review: Black Label Society Take Their Foot Off The Throttle With "UnBlackened"

The guitar-driven hard rock band Black Label Society, helmed by Zakk Wylde, known for blazing guitar riffs and reckless vocals, are presenting themselves in a different light. This latest release entitled "Unblackened" shows the band taking a step back from their hard-hitting sound with the use of more acoustic instruments in a live setting. The album was recorded at Los Angeles' Club Nokia earlier this year and features 23 songs mixing in classic Black Label Society songs from throughout the band's existence. This new release might just give someone a different opinion of the band.

The two disc set starts off with a couple from the "Kings Of Damnation" album as you begin to notice in the song "Sold My Soul" the use of more acoustic instruments along side Wylde's electric guitar takeover. The song "Spoke In The Wheel" shows a softer sound to the band's catalog, while "Machine Gun Man" comes off like a southern rocker that the Allman Brothers Band would have released in their heyday. The close of the first disc captures the live energy of the band with the eleven-minute epic "Throwin' It All Away."
The second disc finishes the show with the acoustic grunge of "Won't Find It Here" and the eight-minute show closing pinnacle of "Stillborn." The second disc also contains six-newly recorded studio songs, unplugged. Two of the songs are covers, including a great heart-wrenching version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and the oddly attractive "Song For You," originally written by Leon Russell. It's bands like Black Label Society that keep their music fresh by successfully expanding their sound beyond the normal heavy metal scene.
The new album "Unblackened" will be available on September 24th through eOne Music in a regular 2CD set and a deluxe 2CD/DVD set featuring a photo book and a signature replica of Zakk Wylde's silver dagger necklace. To find out more about this outstanding release, please visit

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