Whether they’re aware of it or not, every metalhead wants to be Zakk Wylde.
After all, the man is a celebrated guitar god, has spent half of his career performing with the godfather of rock Ozzy Osbourne, fronts his own solo band in the form of Black Label Society and is notorious for being one of the nicest guys in the entire heavy music scene. Also, he has an amazing bugger of a beard.
The only downside is that lovers of Black Label Society is that their last release came in 2014 in the form of Catacombs of the Black Vatican. Luckily, that dry spell will end on the 19th January with the charismatically titled Grimmest Hits.
Set to continue Black Label Society’s modus operandi of fusing the riffs and grooves of ZZ Top with the distorted heaviness of Black Sabbath, the band’s tenth disc was announced back in October with the unveiling of its first single, “Room of Nightmares”.
Needless to say, the single came as a perfect pre-Halloween treat, made complete by the fact that I have now heard Zakk freaking Wylde say “Did you just blow up Little Timmy’s birthday cake?!”, which is something I’ve been meaning to cross off the bucket list for a while.