Artist: Black Label Society
Title: “Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good”
Label: E1 Music
Release Date: 11/1/2011
Genre: Holiday Music
After listening to the both the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Twisted Sister offerings in terms of my heavy Holiday fare, I had to admit that I was not sure what to expect from Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society when I learned that they would be doing a Christmas themed release of their own. Truth be told this is more of an EP as it only runs for three tunes but at the end of the day it really showcases some nice playing by Zakk and when it’s all added up it’s some truly charming stuff. Yep, the Black Label Society main Berzerker seems to have a softer side to him and one that really manages to warm the holiday hearts with these three tunes. He begins with the classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and with Sister doing this I had wondered just how different a BLS take might come out. The answer is simple – very, very different as all of these tunes are instrumental tracks and Zakk opts to let his guitar do the singing. Having heard Zakk sing with regular BLS stuff and his acoustic releases I had to say that this surprised me since when he wants to do it, he has a very pleasant vocal register. Just listen to him on tunes like “In This River” if you need a quick idea of what I mean.
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