Artist: Black Label Society
Label: Artemis Records
Release Date: 3/8/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Zakk Wylde and the boys of Black Label Society have returned with another dose of their brand of Alcohol Fueled guitar brutality. This debut release on their new label Artemis Records is entitled “Mafia” and the piece is pretty much what all fans have come to expect of Zakk and Company. Starting off with “Fire It Up” the band has an almost Trouble-like quality to it as it plods along as if this was a Doom outfit. I liked this one a lot as Zakk’s guitarwork is ever the pleasing thing to listen to. “Suicide Messiah” really has a Black Sabbath feel and drive to it and this could be the influence of all the years working with Ozzy Osbourne. I truly feel these years also had a profound impact on the development of Zakk as a singer. There are so many instances in his vocals where he sounds like a rougher Ozzy and this is actually pretty good since it always works in the context of BLS music.
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