Black Label Society Catacombs Of The Black Vatican on 2LP + Download
In the near three decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now legendary Black Label Society in 1998. BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down ever since and has become a heavy metal institution true to the vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock 'n' roll.
Now the band returns with their first studio effort since 2010's Order of the Black and ninth full-length album overall, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, a record Revolver hails as "the most anticipated release of 2014." The 11-song set marks Black Label Society's first with new guitarist Dario Lorina (Lizzy Borden) following the departure of longtime right-hand man Nick Catanese.
Catacombs of the Black Vatican will stand as an enduring testament to BLS's sheer force of will and mastery of each and every musical neighborhood the hard rock titans choose to stomp through. The aggressive bite of the barnstorming banger "Damn the Flood" sits comfortably right alongside the stripped down, emotionally searing "Angel of Mercy" and "Scars and Shades of Gray." The album's opening tracks, "Fields of Unforgiveness" and lead single "My Dying Time," drop the throttle into swampy, down-tempo menace that wouldn't sound out of place in a classic rock band's catalog or at the creative height of the grunge era.
"Every time you're going to make a new record, it's exciting," explains Wylde. "When you're in the studio you can approach it like Salvador Dali where you ve got a blank canvas in front of you. You can paint a little bit, sit back and look at it and go, Oh man, let's add a little more red over here, let's make this darker over there. Because live? It s a free-for-all. People are bleeding. There's fire going on. You re getting attacked by grizzly bears..."
Black Label Society Catacombs Of The Black Vatican Track Listing:
1. Fields of Unforgiveness
2. My Dying Time
4. Angel of Mercy
5. Heart of Darkness
6. Beyond the Down
8. Damn the Flood
9. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades of Gray