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Book of Shadows

Zakk Wylde

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Album Review

After spending several years with Ozzy Osbourne and recording one album with the heavy Southern rock trio Pride & Glory, guitarist Zakk Wylde released his debut solo album, Book of Shadows, in June of 1996. Naturally, the album is a guitar showcase, with each song boasting a dazzling guitar solo or two. That much was expected. What is a surprise is the musical diversity apparent throughout the album. Wylde does kick out some heavy riff-driven rockers, but he also detours into blues, country, and folk on occasion. That diversity ensures that Book of Shadows is more listenable for the average listener than most guitarist-led albums. However, Wylde's songwriting skills remain weak; although the playing is memorable, the melodies rarely are. Nevertheless, there's enough prime instrumental work here to make it a very worthwhile listen for guitar aficionados and a few of the tracks should satiate fans of straight-ahead heavy boogie rock. [Book of Shadows was reissued in 1999 with a bonus disc, containing the non-LP cuts "Evil Ways," "The Color Green," and "Peddlers of Death."]

Customer Reviews

A move your soul album

Listen to this and have your spirt lifted. Great rock album, very melow and ridiculasly soulfully. Zakk rocks and this shows a more talented side to him and his band BLS (Black label society).

good

how dare they say his songwriting remains weak! he is very diverse and soulful. great album

Sold my soul

Fantastic!!!!!

Biography

Born: 14 January 1967 in Bayonne, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his long stint in support of Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde was born and raised in New Jersey; although he began studying music at age eight, he soon quit, not returning to his lessons until his mid-teens. He formed his first band, Stone Henge, in 1984, followed by a series of appearances with a variety of bands throughout the Jersey Shore. In 1987, Wylde was introduced as Osbourne's new lead guitarist, making his recorded debut a year later on No Rest for the Wicked; he remained...
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