Black Label SocietyGrimmest Hits

Spinefarm Records/Caroline Australia
19 January, 2018
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Gimme The Beat, Boy

It’s common knowledge that Zakk Wylde is no singer, certainly not the greatest vocalist of our time. He’s more revered for what his hands can do to a guitar—but what he lacks in tone and pitch, he makes up with heart and soul, and plenty of it.

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At the front of the infamous Black Label Society, Wylde and co. come full circle on his revered career with new album Grimmest Hits, a triple decker sandwich of metal, blues and rock made in that exclusive gourmet Zakk Wylde style. Wylde’s vocals are distinguished by a certain quality, like sandpaper against a megaphone—bold, gritty and heartfelt as they come, coaxing you to feel what he feels, love what he loves, like a way cooler, way manlier siren.

The melancholy gloom of The Only Words gives Black Label Society a standout track different to what hard rock fans might expect–this song is the one that forces you to remember why you love Black Label Society, even if they’ve always been weak on the vocals.

Such is Wylde and metal mate Ozzy Osbourne’s professional history, there was never any reason to think Black Label Society could release an album without a few nods their way. Black Label Society give a full salute to Black Sabbath in an endearing blues-doom manner with numbers Disbelief, A Love Unreal and Seasons Of Falter.

The melancholy gloom of The Only Words gives Black Label Society a standout track different to what hard rock fans might expect–this song is the one that forces you to remember why you love Black Label Society, even if they’ve always been weak on the vocals.

There’s a sensually confrontational character to The Grimmest Hits, tugging on your heart strings, forcing you to lose yourself to music—and our experience of those blissful hard rock plains are all thanks to a musician whose deeply entrenched love for music is clear in what he produces; a solid carefree album that is both exciting and enduring.

STAND OUT TRACKS: The Only Words, Bury Your Sorrow, Seasons Of Falter
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Down, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains




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