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Editors’ Notes

One benefit of being an established veteran band is that you know your audience likes what you do, so if you stick to what comes naturally it’ll be enough to satisfy most fans. Here, Zakk Wylde sticks with the hard rock that’s made him a guitar icon. He doesn’t try experiments with the new electronics available; he plays the crunchy metal that’s served him well for decades. The album before Catacombs had been the live and largely acoustic Unblackened, and elements of that album’s subdued approach appear appropriately here on the ballads “Angel of Mercy” and “Scars.” Songs such as “Fields of Unforgiveness,” “My Dying Time," and “Heart of Darkness” depend on the electric guitar attack that sets up solos of no small impact. “Damn the Flood” picks up the speed for a touch of Led Zeppelin–like boogie, and the somber “Shades of Grey” serves as the proper album’s finishing piece. The deluxe edition adds two impressive bonus tracks: the charging “Dark Side of the Sun” and the more dramatic “The Nomad.”

Customer Reviews

Chamboroc

Is it just me or am I hearin a lil ALice In Chains in there?

BLS--That's it!

Where is everyone getting Alice in Chains from? Go to the source and get it right. Black Sabbath. Plain and simple. I betta the band Down agrees.......

Classic

My dying time sounds like classic BLS. Can't wait for more songs.

Biography

Genre: Rock

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

After falling out with mentor Ozzy Osbourne following the recording sessions for 1995's Ozzmosis, guitarist Zakk Wylde struck out on his own with his first solo album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. When it failed to score any mainstream success, the six-stringer took an extended break before resurfacing with a new album and band called Black Label Society in 1999, featuring Wylde on vocals, guitar, and bass and drummer Phil Ondich. A number of different musicians would sift through the band's ranks during...
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