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Editors’ Notes

The Song Remains Not the Same brings together acoustic renditions of songs from Black Label Society's 2010 album Order of the Black, along with a few key cover versions that reveal some of Zakk Wylde’s dearest influences. It’s surprising how much “Parade of the Dead” and “Riders of the Damned” have changed from the earlier versions. Previously majestic, impenetrable mountains of hard rock, they're now presented as lakes: unnervingly still and full of depth. There are still undercurrents of attitude in Wylde’s famously swaggering guitar, but at its core this is a piano record. The piano serves as a cipher for the kind of songcraft Wylde's looking for. It’s a type of deeply ruminative sweetness found in Neil Young’s “Helpless” and Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which is why Wylde chose to cover those songs here. Few people in the metal realm can get away with something this defiantly tender, but even when he’s singing the falsetto refrain of Simon’s signature song, something in Wylde remains metal to the marrow.

Customer Reviews

Zakk is best with an acoustic.

Been a Zakk fan since the beginning. Always support him.

Awesome Unplugged Album

Just fantastic. Unplugged and it's Black Label Society, Need I say More? Darkest Days sounds awesome on this album!

Zakk does it again....acoustically

First of all, let's say there are some people out there who want Zakk/BLS to continue to record "Bleed For Me" type songs and who are hyper critical WHENEVER the band comes out with something a little different or fresh. Those people need to get a grip and realize that TRUE artists (particularly in music) rarely put out the same-sounding album over and over again. Get a grip.

Now on to better things...The Song Remains Not The Same. This album will interest those who enjoyed Book of Shadows and or Hangover Music Vol VI. It incorporates the "stripped down" acoustic versions of a few songs from The Order of the Black and includes the 4 special edition covers (Can't Find My Way Home, Junior's Eyes, Helpless, Bridge Over Troubled Waters). In addition, there is a rendition of Darkest Days with John Rich (Big & Rich) that should appeal to the country music fan.

All in all, this is another GREAT record from Zakk and the boys. Don't rent a gun and buy a bullet (Chandler Horne). Rent a PA system and buy the album!! It's SLAM'N!!


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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