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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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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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Rocklahoma Band Lineup Revealed

Rocklahoma will rock the Midwest with a lineup featuring Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Motörhead, and many more from May 23rd - 25th at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The three-day camping festival is presented by Bud Light.

The current band lineup for the 8th Rocklahoma is as follows: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Seether, Motörhead, Jackyl, Filter, Black Label Society, Theory of a Deadman, Killswitch Engage, Skid Row, All That Remains, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Hellyeah, Kix, Down, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Pretty Reckless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, Skindred, KYNG, We As Human, Nothing More, Devour the Day, Heaven’s Basement, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Eve to Adam, Truckfighters, Killer Dwarfs, Bai Bang, Lynam, ASKA, Black Tora, Firstryke, Mystery, Nasty Habit, Sleepy Hollow, Wicked, Down & Dirty, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Ratchet Dolls, Ragdoll, Dellacoma, Chaotic Resemblance, Scattered Hamlet, Siren, Mach22, Tempt, London's Dungeon, Mine Enemies Fall, The Chimpz, Sleepwalking Home, Well Hung Heart, Framing The Red, Blackwater Rebellion, Dryver, and Dirty Crush.

“I initially questioned whether or not we would be able to top last year’s Rocklahoma lineup this time around,” says Joe Litvag, Rocklahoma’s co-executive producer for AEG Live. “But with some of the biggest names in the rock world today like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Deftones playing alongside Rocklahoma legends like Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Tom Kiefer of Cinderella and Kix, there is not a doubt in my mind that we just raised the bar! Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same!”

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister explains: "I view this festival as sort of a ‘Royal Rumble’ of rock; it's every band for itself, each trying to claim the belt. When Twisted Sister is done that night, the promoters are going to need to change the name of the event to 'I Wanna Rocklahoma'!"

Staind’s Mike Mushok also says, "Totally stoked to play Rocklahoma again! I'm looking forward to a great day of music shared with some amazing fans!”

Full details and ticket information can be found online at this location.

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Down To Support Black Label Society

Black Label Society is extremely excited to have the mighty Down join on as direct support for a select portion of "The Revolver Golden Gods" tour across North America.

Down will only be on a select portion of the tour starting May 2nd through May 23rd. See below for a list of all tour dates. Tickets are on sale now and for all additional information stay tuned to the Black Label Society Facebook profile.

Black Label Society's new album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is due out on April 8th via eOne Recordings.

Fri/May-02 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Sun/May-04 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Mon/May-05 Clifton Park, NY (Albany) @ Northern Lights
Wed/May-07 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Thu/May-08 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Fri/May-09 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/May-10 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mon/May-12 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Tue/May-13 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Thu/May-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sat/May-17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Mon/May-19 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
Tue/May-20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Wed/May-21 St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis) @ Myth
Fri/May-23 Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theater More...

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Black Label Society To Headline Golden Gods Tour

eOne Music has issued the following announcement:

"BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has been announced as this year's headliner for the 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS TOUR, presented by EPIPHONE. The tour will kick off the second week of April and finish up in early June. Supporting acts are set to be announced soon.

"The band, led by guitar icon Zakk Wylde, recently announced the release of 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,' their highly anticipated new LP due out April 8th, 2014. In addition to the album art and track listing, BLS released their first all-new single titled, 'My Dying Time.'

"'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' is the first all-new LP from BLS since 'Order Of The Black' was released in 2009, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart." More...

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Welcome To Rockville Lineup Announced

Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26th and 27th.

Full details can be found at the festival's website, and the initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville is as follows (with more to be announced):

Saturday, April 26

Avenged Sevenfold
The Cult
Motörhead
Volbeat
Alter Bridge
Chevelle
Hellyeah
Chiodos
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Adelitas Way
Rev Theory
Fozzy
Butcher Babies
Devour The Day
We As Human
Evergreen Terrace
Monster Truck
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner More...

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Black Label Society Reveals Album Artwork

Black Label Society has released the album art and track listing from a forthcoming LP due out on April 8th, 2014.

"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is available for iTunes preorder and the brand new single "My Dying Time" is also available for purchase. Fans who pre-order the iTunes version will get the "My Dying Time" immediately as an instant gratification download. 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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Exodus Playing Rock On The Range

The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.

To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!

Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”

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Black Label Society Announces New Album

After recruiting new guitarist Dario Lorino a few days ago, Zakk Wylde has today announced that a brand new Black Label Society studio album titled "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" will be released in Europe on April 7th, 2014 via Mascot Label Group. A North American release comes on April 8th.

Mascot Label Group is honoured to welcome the band to the label, having recently signed BLS exclusively for European territory.

"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since "The Order of the Black," which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was followed by the covers album "The Song Remains Not The Same." Mascot Label Group comments:

"Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.

"Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years, in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling 'No More Tears,' for which Wylde wrote all the music.

"Bestowed with such accolades as 'Metal Guru' from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, 'Golden God' by Metal Hammer and the 'Best Guitarist' Award from Revolver Magazine, Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with."

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Dario Lorina Joins Black Label Society

Black Label Society recently parted ways with guitarist Nick Catanese, and now Lizzy Borden has issued the following statement about guitar player Dario Lorina joining BLS:

"We are extremely proud and happy for Dario Lorina on being selected as Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society’s new guitarist.

"It’s been an amazing ride performing all around the world with Dario, he is a true professional and an incredible blues driven artistic guitarist adding so much to the Borden sound.

"Personally it was a privilege for me to have him on my left side for the last 4 years and I know Zakk, his band and their fans are going to love Dario as we all do. Dario will be missed in the Borden camp but he will always be one of us and we wish him all the luck in the world."

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