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Black Label Society

Formed: 1998
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

"Black Label Society" is a heavy metal/Southern Metal band formed by Zakk Wylde, with 8 albums released to date. The first, Sonic Brew, was released in 1999. The band's latest studio album "Shot To Hell" was released on the 11th (UK) and 12th (US) of September 2006, the first release under Roadrunner Records, and was produced by Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

In 1992, Ozzy retired after the No More Tears tour, which left Zakk to form his own solo band Pride & Glory, blending potent bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. In 1994 Ozzy decided to come out of retirement, and the numerous recording sessions for Ozzmosis took place. Around this time, Zakk was also offered the open guitar slot in Guns N' Roses and had a hard time deciding whether to tour with Ozzy or join Guns N' Roses. Neither project panned out. This gave Wylde the opportunity to record his own acoustic solo album, "Book of Shadows." After limited commercial success with Book Of Shadows, in 1998, Zakk and drummer Phil Ondich formed Black Label Society and recorded their debut album "Sonic Brew." Nick Catanese has been Zakk's rhythm guitarist since the Book Of Shadows tour. Craig Nunenmacher has been drumming since 1919 Eternal (2001) following Phil's departure.

Black Label Society headlined the second stage at this year's Ozzfest (US). Tickets for fall dates in the US have gone on sale, and the band will tour Australia, New Zealand and the UK in late 2006 and early 2007.

The song "Fire It Up", from the 2005 album Mafia, featured as a bonus song in the PlayStation 2 game ''Guitar Hero''.

On June 29, 2006, "Concrete Jungle", the first single from "Shot to Hell" was released online via Blabbermouth.net, which is owned by the band's new record label Roadrunner Records. The single's , directed by
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Latest Black Label Society News

Below is our complete Black Label Society news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Bloodstock 2015 Announces New Bands

The recently reformed sludgecore beasts from Raging Speedhorn will be bringing their filthy riffs to the Ronnie James Dio main stage of the upcoming Bloodstock festival. The band’s Gordon Morison comments: “We’re over the moon to be playing Bloodstock 2015. It’ll be awesome to share the stage with some of our old friends like Orange Goblin and Napalm Death. See you down the front!”

Progressive metal Brits Xerath also bring the heavy to Friday’s main stage. The band enthuses, "We are utterly stoked to announce we will be returning to Catton Hall once again to perform at this year's Bloodstock festival. We are especially proud to confirm we will be gracing the mainstage for the first time since our debut at the festival in 2009 which promises to almost certainly be a career defining moment for the band. We sincerely cannot wait to see you all there! Warm up those necks Bloodstockers!"

French groove metal eccentrics Trepalium and Dutch death metal outfit Villainy are also set for Sophie stage slots on Sunday. The currently announced lineup is: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock

Hot on the heels of last week’s five band announcement, the Bloodstock Festival is excited to reveal five more acts.

First up is British outfit Lawnmower Deth, confirmed for the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Sunday. The band comments: “Motorbonce famously said, ‘if we move in next door, your lawn will die.’ Quite what positioned our forefathers to even remotely claim knowledge of horticultural metal is well beyond us. Scott Ian famously said, ‘I am the law’. In fact, this simply proves that adult literacy levels within the metal genre are in line with that of the national average; quite shit, when he clearly cannot spell and meant LAWN. In a Nostradamus kind of way what these two legends of metal were pointing you to was... 'Bloodstock 2015, when we move in you will die happy, we are Lawnmower and we is well excited. Let’s party like it’s 1988.'"

Taking over the Sophie Stage on Friday are raucous Brighton noisemakers Oaf. Chief bellower Dom Lawson exclaims, "We, the mighty Oaf, are honoured and delighted to have been invited back to our favourite festival. If you saw us in 2013, please don't hold that against us. Do come along and observe our ongoing descent into senility. If you haven't seen us before, we're like a middle-aged Royal Blood for people that don't wet the bed (and with added swearing). This will be a splendid occasion and we're tumescent with joy at the very thought of it. Cheers!"

Liverpudlian black metallers Ethereal will join the fray on the Sophie Stage on Saturday. The band is currently doing a stint with Marduk and Belphegor, supporting first full-length album "Opus Aethereum," released last month by Candlelight Records.

Sunday brings symphonic black metallers Saille all the way from Belgium to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Expect to hear some new songs from latest, third album "Eldritch." Bringing the mischief and mayhem on Friday to the Sophie Stage, are Dirty Sanchez lads Pritchard Vs Dainton.

The currently announced lineup is:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation. Opeth, Sabaton, Black Label Society, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch, Enslaved, Pro Pain, Korpiklaani, Wolf, Napalm Death

Sophie Lanaster Stage

Delain, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Godflesh, Batallion, Mordred, Destrage, Onslaught, Conan, Planet Of Zues, Bast, Lawnmower Deth, Oaf, Ethereal, Saille, Pritchard Vs Dainton More...

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Godflesh And Onslaught Join Bloodstock Bill

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce their third headliner for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and a slew of other Sophie stage bands for the August 2015 event.

Industrial outfit Godflesh is to headline Sunday night on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Frontman Justin Broadrick comments: “Godflesh is thrilled to be playing a very metal UK festival! We don’t get asked to play many, as we’re often viewed as not ‘real’ metal enough, or we’re generally seen as outsiders, which we are, thank you. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to be invited to be a real metal band once in a while and especially in the Derbyshire countryside! Thank you Bloodstock!“

British thrash stalwarts Onslaught also join the Sophie stage line-up on Sunday. The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary in 2015 of debut album, "Power From Hell," with a special EP on the cards for release and special anniversary merch available.

Self-appointed "caveman battle doom" 3-piece, Conan will crash Friday’s Sophie bill. Having recently returned from a string of shows in Australia and mainland Europe, Conan is prepping for a slot on the Maryland DeathFest this summer, before bringing an unholy wall of sound to Catton Park in August.

Greek southern-tinged heavy rockers Planet Of Zeus step up for a Sophie stage slot on Saturday, while London’s blackened doomsters Bast also join the Friday bill. The currently announced lineup for the 2015 edition is as follows: More...

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Black Label Society Announces "Unblackened" Tour

Black Label Society today announces the "Unblackened" tour. Originally performed as a one night only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for a live CD/DVD release two years ago, the show will now make its way across the U.S.

The show will feature intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as track from Zakk Wylde’s solo album "Book of Shadows" & his Southern rock band Pride & Glory.

“I always wanted to take Unblackened on the road, we just didn’t have the time until now,” said Wylde. “You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically–the tunes are gritty regardless.” More...

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Butcher Babies Kicking Off North American Tour

After completing a headlining North American tour this past Fall, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act Butcher Babies is now heading back on the road again, this time with Black Label Society and Hatebreed. See below for all upcoming dates.

Butcher Babies also just completed recording for the follow-up to the band's debut full-length, "Goliath." Due out summer 2015, this currently untitled album was produced by Logan Mader.

12/27/2014--Studio Seven--Seattle, WA
12/28/2014--Knitting Factory Concert--House Spokane, WA
12/29/2014--Commodore Ballroom--Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014--Kelowna Community Theatre--Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014--Flames Central--Calgary, AB
1/2/2015--Shaw Conference Centre--Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015--Convention Hall--Arts Centre--Regina, SK
1/4/2015--Burton Cummins Theatre--Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015--The Community Auditorium--Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015--London Music Hall--London, ON
1/8/2015--Kool Haus--Toronto, ON
1/9/2015--Metroplis--Montreal, QC
1/10/2015--F Shed At The Market--Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015--Reverb--Reading, PA
1/13/2015--State Theatre--Portland, ME
1/14/2015--Webster Theater--Hartford, CT
1/16/2015--Royal Oak Music Theater--Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015--The LC Pavillion--Columbus, OH
1/18/2015--The Fillmore Charlotte--Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015--Diamond Ballroom--Oklahoma City, OK
1/21/2015--Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland--Kansas City, MO
1/22/2015--Sokol Auditorium--Omaha, NE

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ShipRocked Adds More Bands To The Lineup

The rock music cruise vacation ShipRocked sails roundtrip between Port Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2nd - 6th, 2015 onboard the Norwegian Pearl.

The ShipRocked band lineup has been expanded to include Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Three Years Hollow, Daybreak Embrace and Sidewise. Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) are among the special guests confirmed to perform with Metal Allegiance on ShipRocked.

ShipRocked 2015 will be headlined by Limp Bizkit. The sixth ShipRocked will also feature Chevelle (Pre-Party only), heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Andy Wood, Letters From The Fire, Cilver, Daybreak Embrace, Sidewise, Three Years Hollow, and DJ Lippy Rage.

ShipRocked guests are invited to start their vacation early with the Super Sailgate Pre-Party on February 1st. More...

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Crobot Posts Tour Trailer

Following an explosive European live debut supporting The Virginmarys in the U.K. back in September, the Central Pennsylvania-based retro rockers Crobot recently announced they will be heading back to our shores next year in support of new album "Something Supernatural."

The band will be supporting Black Label Society on a forthcoming run of dates in February and March, 2015. A teaser trailer can be seen below. "Something Supernatural" was released on October 24th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Black Tusk Returning To The Stage

After a trying year and the loss of brother and band mate Athon, Black Tusk will be honoring Athon's wishes and going on tour in Europe with Black Label Society. The band comments:

"It's been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support.

"We had confirmed the tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon's accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there's no way he'd want things to end on this note.

"Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon."

The band has set up a memorial fund for Athon, his girlfriend and his family. Donations can be made at AthonFund@gmail.com. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Crobot Announces Tour With Black Label Society

Following an explosive European live debut supporting The Virginmarys in the U.K. back in September of this year, Central Pennsylvania-based retro rock band Crobot is pleased to head back next year in support of new album "Something Supernatural."

The band will be supporting Black Label Society on a forthcoming run of dates in February and March 2015. Crobot had this to say:

“ATTENTION BEARDOS OF THE EUROPEAN NEBULAE: We just received a Mothership transmission confirming that we'll be heading back across the pond in February for a full fledged European invasion with the one and only Black Label Society! Bring your own beard and get ready to riff!

"We only got a taste of what Europe has to offer last venture across the pond, now we get the whole full course meal, a case of beer, and tasty riffpies courtesy of BLS.”

The tour dates rack up as follows: More...

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Limp Bizkit To Headline ShipRocked 2015

ShipRocked will sail round trip between the Port Of Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2nd - 6th, 2015 on board the Norwegian Pearl.

ShipRocked 2015 - fueled by Monster Energy - will be headlined by Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst had this to say: “Limp Bizkit? New album? Sunshine? Metal party? Phil Anselmo? Unlimited lobster? Half-naked women? No rules? Loud music? Every day? Every night? Repeat five times in a row? You don't have to ask me twice. I'M IN!!!!! See you there, Bizkit heads!!”

The sixth ShipRocked will also feature Chevelle, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Islander, Andy Wood, Letters From The Fire, Cilver, and DJ Lippy Rage.

For the first time, ShipRocked guests are invited to start their vacation early with the ShipRocked Super Sail Away pre-party on February 1st, 2015. The pre-party will feature Chevelle’s only ShipRocked performance, as well as sets from Sevendust and Wilson. More...

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Black Label Society Releases New Video

Black Label Society has debuted a brand new music video for newest hit single, "Angel of Mercy." Directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich of The Antimatter Studio, the video depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.

The single was also recently performed on Late Night With Seth Meyers, which was the first time the band performed on network television in its decorated tenure. "Angel of Mercy" comes off the band's latest album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (reviewed here).

The band will embark on a stretch of headlining tour dates across the U.S. starting on July 17th in Cincinnati before eventually wrapping up at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque on August 4th. Wovenwar and Kyng have been tapped to support, with dates available here.

Black Label Society has also been announced to appear the upcoming Knotfest with Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Carcass, Volbeat, and many more. Full info on the festival can be found at this location. More...

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Knotfest 2014 Lineup Announced

Slipknot - which is currently wrapping up work on a new album - is set to return to the U.S. with the Knotfest, a three-day metal and heavy music destination festival to be held October 24th - 26th at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

The Knotfest 2014, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP pre-party bash, band performances, and other activities for those that purchase VIP or camping packages.

The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more. A list of artists performing each day is available now at this location.

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on its release date.

“Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival--and now we're coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). "Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level." More...

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Islander To Play Aftershock Festival

Islander is excited to officially announce its participation in the Aftershock Festival 2014 on September 13th at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.

The lineup can be seen in the poster below, and full details about tickets, military discounts, hotel and VIP packages and more are available at this location (save $10 by using the password "SACROX").

Other confirmed bands include Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, and more.

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Aftershock Festival 2014 Lineup Announced

The third annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento September 13th & 14th, 2014,

The lineup includes Godsmack, Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and many more.

After last year’s festival (sold-out with 32,000 in attendance), the festival is expanding to four stages in 2014, offering more bands than ever.

The daily band lineup for is as follows (with more bands to be announced on July 1st):

Saturday, September 13

Weezer, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, AWOLNATION, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Pepper, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Fuel, Dead Sara, Nothing More, The Last Internationale, Butcher Babies, Emmure, Sleepwave, Anti-Mortem, Eyes Set To Kill, Viza, Dig The Kid

Sunday, September 14

Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Black Stone Cherry, KYNG, Otherwise, Lacuna Coil, Redlight King, We Are Harlot, Burn Halo, Crossfaith, New Medicine, Cilver

Ticket info can be found at the official Monster Energy Aftershock festival website here. More...

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Black Label Society Announces New Tour Dates

With the Revolver Golden Gods Tour coming to a close at the end of next week, Black Label Society has announced a new batch of dates in support of latest LP "Catacombs of the Black Vatican."

Tour dates will kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio at the famed Bogart's venue and run through the first week of August with Wovenwar and Kyng supporting.

Earlier this month, Black Label Society made its network television debut by performing current single "Angel of Mercy" on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The episode featuring the performance will re-air tonight at 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

Jul 17 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
Jul 18 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Jul 19 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI
Jul 24 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Jul 25 Center Stage Theatre Atlanta, GA
Jul 26 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL
Jul 29 Pops Sauget, IL
Jul 30 Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Aug 01 Emo's Austin, TX
Aug 02 Lonestar Pavilion Lubbock, TX
Aug 03 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
Aug 04 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM More...

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Zakk Wylde Recovers Stolen Guitar

On March 14th, Zakk Wylde's Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP Custom Guitar was stolen from his tour bus in Chicago during the Experience Hendrix show at the Chicago Theater. It recently turned up at Royal Pawn, a Chicago area pawn shop that is the setting of truTV's Hardcore Pawn reality TV show, and has now been recovered.

Black Label Society has been announced as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, May 6th. The band will perform “Angel of Mercy” from the recently released album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (reviewed here).

Zakk recently took part in the Revolver Golden Gods awards, paying tribute to long time friend Dimebag Darrel by performing "In This River."

Catch Zakk Wylde on tour with Black Label Society, and special guests Down, at the following shows: More...

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Black Label Society Announces Tour Dates

Black Label Society is extremely excited to bring sonic brutality to Latin America from August 8th through August 20th.

See below for a list of all tour dates. Tickets are on-sale now and for all additional information stay tuned to the band's Facebook profile here.

The band's new album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is out now, and you can check out the a music video for "My Dying Time" at this location. More...

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Black Label Society Releases New Music Video

Black Label Society has debuted a brand new music video for the "My Dying Time" single, which can be seen below.

Directed by Justin Reich of The Antimatter Studio, the video shows front man Zakk Wylde and newcomer Dario Lorina shining brighter than ever. Wylde comments: "The video that father Justin created, my treatment was of me waking up in the morning and going to the grocery store and this is the video he made."

The band's new album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" will be released on April 8th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I've Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track) More...

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Black Label Society Streaming New Track

Ahead of the April 7th release of Black Label Society’s new studio album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," Mascot Label Group is now streaming the first single “My Dying Time” via Soundcloud. Check it out in the player below.

"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is Black Label Society's first new studio album since 2009’s "The Order of the Black" (reviewed here), which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. More...

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Zakk Wylde Teaches You How To Guitar Shop

Metal Injection took Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde to New York City guitar shop, Matt Umanov Guitars, where he gives some tips on what he looks for in a guitar. Check out the video below, courtesy of MetalInjection.net.

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