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Black Label Society
Hangover Music Vol. VI
May 2004
Released: 2004, Spitfire Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

One of my most anticipated releases of the year. After finding out last fall that this cd would be a bit mellower than the previous few Zakk/BLS discs I was psyched. I really enjoy Zakk’s more acoustic and mellower stuff. It just suits him allot more that the heavier stuff he’s known for.



As soon as it arrived I immediately stuck it on and was almost immediately hooked. From the beginning of “Crazy or High” to the end of “Fear” this is probably Zakk’s best disc to date. I still think his PRIDE & GLORY disc is his personal best but this is a very close second. Maybe after awhile this may become my favourite. Who knows?



Some of the best tracks on the album are “Crazy or High”, “Steppin’ Stone” and the excellent “No Other”. Even though the album is a little more laid back than most of the previous BLS offerings there are a couple of songs that are ultra mellow such as “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” and “Damage Is Done” which both are primarily just Zakk and a piano.



There is a bit of a southern feel to the music in places as well as a bit of an Alice In Chains influence there as well. This is one excellent cd from start to finish. The only weak part on it is his vocals on the Procol Harum classic “Whiter Shade Of Pale”. This is one cd that should be in your collection. It is great for the day after when you just feel like shit and can’t seem to get yourself up to speed. Trust me!!!!
Track Listing

1 Crazy or High
2 Queen of Sorrow
3 Steppin' Stone
4 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
5 Takillya (Estyabon)
6 Won't Find it Here
7 She Deserves a Free Ride
8 House of Doom
9 Damage is Done
10 Layne
11 Woman Don't You Cry
12 No Other
13 Whiter Shade of Pale
14 Once More
15 Fear

Lineup

Zakk Wylde - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano
Craig Nunenmacher - Drums
Mike Inez - Bass
James Lomenzo - Bass
John "J.D." DeServio - Bass
John Tempesta - Drums


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Black Label Society
Hangover Music Vol. VI
July 2004
Released: 2004, Spitfire
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I’ve never been a huge fan of Zakk. Admire? Yes. Respect? Yes. Enjoy? Mostly.

That whole dumb redneck attitude and image turns me off and I find he wastes his natural talent playing down to his audience. His solo career has been decent but his interviews, antics and personal history often have overshadowed what he could be doing better.



Accordingly when it was announced I didn’t have much hope for this disc of mellower tracks. I had always wanted him to play faster, meaner and well...metal-er! So, it was quite odd that I am quite impressed and taken with this disc. Lots of people have been saying he ‘s really great and maybe I just haven’t heard it yet. This disc opened my eyes. The songs are strong, the playing is elegant and understated, which, again, oddly enough is the opposite of what I have wanted him to do.



It’s a strange world we live in when his mellowest work to date is my favorite by him. A reexamination of his other work is certainly in order. This is a very good rock album and by no means does he wimp out. Understated packaging, production, delivery this time Zakk pulled the brakes and in my mind actually did show his (ahem) soft and sensitive side. That doesn’t mean suck, but a very mature display of his talent. Now if he could only deliver the balls-out shred album we all need, Zakk could truly cement his position among the upper echelon of guitar gods.
Track Listing

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Lineup

Zakk Wylde- Vocals, guitar
Craig Nunenmacher-Drums
John Tempesta (guest drums)
James Lomenzo-Bass
John Deservio-Bass
Mike Inez-Bass

Contact

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