Power of Metal.dk Review

Black Label Society
Unblackened
Rating
Style: Acoustic Heavy Metal
Release date: 20 September, 2013
Playing time: 124:29
 


The great guitarist and big personality Zakk Wylde's project Black Label Society has released an acoustic live album named 'Unblackened'. A really good name of this album in matter of fact. This is a new side of the band and a different angle of the heavy songs from the previous nine studio albums they have released between 1999-2011.

Beside the big axe-man Wylde on this album is longtime friend bassist/vocalist John DeServio, plus new drummer Chad Szeliga, Nick Catanase also on guitar, and the great Derek Sherinian on keyboard. The double disc album, which also available as a live DVD and is a Black Label Society loverís dream. All favorite songs, including 'The Blessed Hellride', 'In This River', 'Stillborn', and about twenty-four others, are all present and carved on these two discs.

There is a lot of South-state bluesy feelings on these two discs and it sounds very stripped down and naked. I do prefer to listen and watch the DVD. I'm not the biggest fan of Black Label Society, but with this release I've found some new angles and views of their songs. The guitar playing is of course of a very high quality, even if it's mostly on acoustic guitars.

Zakk's singing borrows a lot from his former 'boss' Ozzy Osbourne. I thought that Oz was singing on several tracks, so similar did it sound. Not the most shining and brilliant vocalist, but he has an emotional voice and especially in the calm melodies, where he has tuned in a perfect position in the vocals. A 'unplugged' Black Label Society is not so bad as it sounds. I like this very much actually.

If you are a big fan of the big man with the big beard, this is a given purchase to have in your CD or DVD collection.

For us others; this is a very nice evening together with some magnificent musicians in a cozy pub environment. Thumbs up.


Tracklist
Disc One:
01. 
Losin' Your Mind [Live]
02.
The Blessed Hellride [Live]
03.
Sold My Soul [Live]
04.
Road Back Home [Live]
05.
Spoke In The Wheel [Live]
06.
House Of Doom [Live]
07.
Queen Of Sorrow [Live]
08.
Machine Gun Man [Live]
09.
Sweet Jesus [Live]
10.
In This River [Live]
11.
Throwin' It All Away [Live]

Disc 2:
01. Takillya (Estyabon) [Live]
02.
Won't Find It Here [Live]
03.
Rust [Live]
04.
Speedball [Live]
05.
I Thank You Child [Live]
06.
Stillborn [Live]
07.
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
08.
Lovin' Woman
09.
Queen Of Sorrow [Unblackened Version]
10.
Song For You
11.
Won't Find It Here [Unblackened Version]
12. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow [Unblackened Version]
Label: Armoury Records
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 16 October, 2013
Website: blacklabelsociety.com