... I cleaned off my Black Label Society waistcoat, made myself comfortable and settled down to listen to Zakk Wylde's recent hardcore deliverance from Hell, Unblackened.
Unblackened sounds like Zakk and the boys have visited their old vinyl cupboard and, having dusted off some of the old Pride and Glory anthems, mixing in more recent BLS songs and, with a bit of tweaking and pulling, blended it to some of the best loved classics to lovingly create pure bliss for the ears.
Recorded in front of die hard fans at Club Nokia in March of this year, Unblackened sees BLS stripping the songs down to an acoustic set. It was great to hear such classics as 'Machine Gun Man' and 'Losing Your Mind'. A haunting rendition of 'Stillborn' shows Zakk's playing has gone from strength to strength and the band are as tight as a camel's ass in a sandstorm.
Originally aired as a 'pay for view', demand has meant that Unblackened is now also available on Blu-ray, DVD and audio CD. The extras are certainly worth investing in with some quite unusual features, including ultra rare footage (captured by myself) of Zakk chatting to life-sentence inmates at HMP Stocken here in the UK, and showing them what hard work goes into 'fiddle playing'.
Unblackened is a great way to see Ozzy's old axe man, it is an absolute must-have for any Zakk Wylde, BLS, or in fact, any music fan.
Kevin G Oatesly