“Hangover Music Volume VI” by Black Label Society

Artist: Black Label Society
Title: “Hangover Music VI”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 4/20/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 6.5

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society has released a rather unique piece of music with their CD entitled “Hangover Music VI”. I call it unique in as it is definitely not your typical release from this band. Instead of the ripping guitar work and pounding drums that Zakk and company are best known for we find a more laid back approach on this piece. The CD is filled with piano and a lot of acoustic guitar but fans should not worry all that much for a lot of the CD holds a nice dark edge to it. Songs like “Steppin Stone” have a sinister overtone to them and almost comes across as something we would expect of Alice In Chains. While I feel that most of the CD to toss the typical Metal head for a loop based on these compositions I find that it still succeeds in the aspect of showing us that BLS can do more than heavy material. Ballads like “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” seem to work in their simplicity while “Takillya” shows the quickness that Zakk possesses with the pick but only done on the acoustic. I found that I leaned towards tracks like “House Of Doom”, “Crazy Or High” and the cover of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” the most when I was listening. Those are among the best numbers on the CD.

Joining Zakk on the recording is James Lomenzo, John Tempesta and Craig Nunenmacher and a couple of other musicians. Zakk performs the piano parts as well. No lyrics are included and that was a shame as it would have been nice to see a little more into this side of Zakk’s writing. Fans should consider this the closest thing to experiencing Zakk in the popular “unplugged” setting. True Zakk fans will want this to complete their collection of his music above all but I maintain that newer fans can find some amount of appreciation on it as well. Now regarding the music being suitable for hangovers, well that is up to Zakk on how much that actually works for him. My cure is lots of sleep and water. Check it out.

Track Listing:
1. Crazy Or High
2. Queen Of Sorrow
3. Steppin’ Stone
4. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
5. Takillya (Esthabon)
6. Won’t Find It Here
7. She Deserves A Free Ride (Val’s Song)
8. House Of Doom
9. Damage Is Done
10. Layne
11. Woman Don’t Cry
12. No Other
13. Whiter Shade Of Pale
14. Once More
15. Fear

Official Website: www.zakkwylde.com

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