Black Label Society
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
"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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Black Label Society went into the studio recently to record a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1977 classic "I Never Dreamed" for the upcoming Skynyrd tribute album "Heavy Helping" being released by Sanctuary records, which is slated to include Zakk, Corrosion Of Conformity, Metallica, Sebastian Bach, Kid Rock, Saliva, Dee Snider and more.
When asked why he chose that particular Skynyrd song, Zakk replied, "I've always loved that tune. I'm not going to do 'Sweet Home' or 'Free Bird', all the shit you always hear on the radio. Pick some obscure Skynyrd song and make it your own. We Black Labelized the whole damn thing. It came out slammin'! Actually, we're going to put it on our record (Mafia, due out March 8th) as well. It'll probably be the bonus track at the end of the album. So it'll be on both. It's just more publishing for the Skynyrd guys."
As far as a release date for "Heavy Helping," Zakk was unsure. "I have no idea. But with all the other bands that are on there, I'm sure it's going to be amazing. I can't wait to hear it."
The Swedenrock festival has confirmed three bands more to the bill of 2005: Behemoth, Black Label Society and Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmons. The festival will held on the 9th - 11th of June in Solvesborg, Sweden.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have confirmed more shows in support of their upcoming album, Mafia, due out on Artemis Records on March 8th. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Black Label Society's new single, "Suicide Messiah", is No. 1 most added at both Active and Mainstream Rock formats. This week's adds include monster rock stations WRIF/Detroit, MI and KUPD/Phoenix, AZ. Many stations added the single early, including the huge WAAF/Boston, MA and KISW/Seattle, WA.
The video for "Suicide Messiah" is currently wrapping production and will be serviced to video outlets in early February. "Suicide Messiah" is the first single from the new Black Label Society album, "Mafia", due out on Artemis Records on March 8.
In other Black Label Society news, Zakk Wylde and company just performed to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles' House Of Blues. A nationwide tour is scheduled to kick off on March 10 in Tempe, Arizona.
Fozzy's video for the track "Enemy" has been posted online at Launch.com. The clip was filmed in San Diego, CA last month with director/British filmmaker Paul Hough.
Regarding he making of the video, Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo) recently wrote, "The concept of the video was written by British filmmaker Paul Hough, who also directed the video. I have to give it up for Paul. He has the perfect demented writing style to put him on the map of horror movie royalty. There are a lot of cool shots and plot devices used in the video but, in the interest of time, I won't detail all of them. Here's the Reader's Digest version of the story:
"Guy with one leg crawls up multiple flights of stairs, catches his wife in the stairwell with another dude, keeps climbing until he gets on the roof where the band is playing and crawls over to the edge. He looks over and then throws himself off to his death. It's the feel good story of the year. Trust me, I fought hard to keep the handicapped from killing themselves in my video. In the end they did agree to film two different endings to appease me, but we all know what's going to happen. Phone rigs, 'Hey Rich, MTV loves the amputee suicide ending, so we're gonna go with that one.'
"How a band can go from wearing spandex and wigs to killing off the handicapped in two short years makes me wonder if there is hope for humanity. I am well aware of the fact that there is a special place in hell for those of us who f@#k with the handicapped. I only hope that when I leave this Earth, that there is a Post-It note at the Pearly Gates reminding interested parties that I thought it was a bad idea.
"On the upside, the video is going to be a work of art and filming it was mucho (that's Spanish) fun. All the scenes involving the band were shot on the roof of a building in downtown San Diego. Those of you who have never been to San Diego should drop what you're doing and go NOW! It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and even the ridiculous cost of living is well worth it; even if just for the weather. So, obviously, hanging out all day on top of a skyscraper, overlooking the ocean in the beautiful southern California sunshine made a great day even better. In addition, the cast and crew were complete professionals and a pleasure to work with making it one of the best video/film shoots that I have ever been a part of."
"Enemy" is the first single off the group's third album, "All That Remains", available now on SPV Records. The CD was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Charlie Mars, Ingram Hill) and features guest performances by guitar legends Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), and Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge). Gold-record-selling rap artist Bone Crusher also makes a special guest appearance on the record.
SLAYER and OBITUARY are the latest confirmation for the Gods of Metal Festival 2005, set to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.
They join IRON MAIDEN (who headline on the 11th), the reunited MOTLEY CRUE (who headline on the 12th) and ACCEPT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. More bands will be announced soon.
Judas Priest will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late April/early May, immediately following the group's European trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Priest have yet to announce their U.S. tour plans but it is expected that they will be scheduling a headlining run in the summer. Among the rumored support acts for the trek are Queensryche, Dio and Black Label Society.
Judas Priest's new album, "Angel of Retribution" (view cover here) is scheduled for release on March 1 via Epic Records.
Singer Rob Halford's first album with the band in 15 years, "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. The set will be bundled with a concert DVD shot in a bullring in Valencia, Spain.
Epic will celebrate the reunion of the "Painkiller"-era Judas Priest lineup by issuing a DualDisc (a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side) for the "Angel of Retribution" title.
Black Label Society were photographed at their new music video shoot on Wednesday (January 19) in Los Angeles, California. You can check out the pictures from WireImage.
Several photos from Black Label Society's video shoot for the band's new single, "Suicide Messiah", have been posted online here. The shoot took place last Sunday, Jan. 16, in Long Beach, California.
More photos from the shoot are available here.
The complete track listing for the new Black Label Society album, "Mafia", has been revealed.
"Mafia", due on March 8 via Artemis Records, was engineered by "1919 Eternal"/"The Blessed Hellride" knob-twister Eddie Mapp, and features Craig Nunenmacher on drums and James Lomenzo handling the bass duties, according to SDMFworldwide.com. The album's first single, "Suicide Messiah", is scheduled to go for radio adds on January 24.
"Mafia" track listing:
01. Fire It Up
02. What's In You
03. Suicide Messiah
04. Forever Down
05. In This River
06. You Must Be Blind
07. Death March
08. Dr. Octavia
09. Say What You Will
10. Too Tough To Die
11. Electric Hellfire
12. Spread Your Wings
13. Been A Long Time
14. Dirt On The Grave
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be hitting the road this spring. Here are all of their upcoming dates:
January 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
March 10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 11 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues - Anaheim
March 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
March 16 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
March 18 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
March 19 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
March 23 – Milwaukee, WY @ The Eagles Club II
March 24 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - Chicago
March 25 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
March 26 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos Concert Theatre
March 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
March 29 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
March 31 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
April 1 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
April 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 3 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
April 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 11 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 14 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
May 15 - Osaka, JPN @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
May 17 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro
May 18 - Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya Club Quattro
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY upcoming album Mafia (cover art) is due out on March 8th.
Accept, Black Label Society and Yngwie Malmsteen are the latest confirmations for the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. Also set to perform at the festival are Iron Maiden (June 11) and Motley Crue (June 12). More confirmations will be announced soon.
A snippet of some new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, 'Suicide Messiah', which will appear on "Mafia", the bands Artemis Records debut, on March 8th is now available online. It can be listened to here.
Artemis Records has announced the signing of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, featuring legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde, to an exclusive worldwide licensing, multi-album contract. An album of all-new material, "Mafia", is slated for a March 8, 2005 release. Artemis Chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg commented, "Zakk Wylde is one of the greatest guitar players of all time and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is poised to become one of the world's biggest rock bands".
A regular on the covers of such esteemed magazines as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, in 1987 at the tender age of 19, an unknown Zakk Wylde was hand-picked by OZZY OSBOURNE to be his lead guitarist. In addition to his responsibilities as Ozzy's main axe slinger, Wylde was responsible for co-writing many of Osbourne's best-selling multi-platinum albums, including "No Rest for the Wicked", "No More Tears" and "Ozzmosis". The current issue of Guitar One (Holiday 2004) again features Wylde on the cover. Guitar World has recently described Wylde's skills as "skull-crushing electric prowess."
Wylde's musical mastery has spawned numerous instrument product endorsements. His signature products include four custom Gibson guitars, a custom Epiphone guitar, a limited run Marshall amplifier (which sold out in one day), EMG pick-Ups, GHS strings and Dunlop pedals. Wylde can be seen prominently featured on the current MTV series "Battle For Ozzfest".
In 1998, Wylde formed his own band, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, while still maintaining his role as Osbourne's lead guitarist. In BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, Wylde serves as sole songwriter, lead vocalist and of course, lead guitar player. To date, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has released six albums and has sold in excess of one million units worldwide.
Fozzy, the band featuring vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) and members of Stuck Mojo, will release their third album, "All That Remains," in Europe on January 18, 2005 via SPV Records.
"All That Remains" was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Charlie Mars, Ingram Hill) and features guest performances by guitar legends Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), and Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alterbridge). Gold-record-selling rap artist Bone Crusher also makes a special guest appearance on the record.
"All That Remains" is the follow-up to 2002's "Happenstance," which was released through Megaforce Records.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
According to the official BLACK LABEL SOCIETY website, the final stop on the Ozzfest 2004 tour in West Palm Beach, Florida (Sept. 4th) has been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Frances.
The announcement means that tonight’s show (September 2nd) at the Tampa Bay Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida will be the final date on the Ozzfest 2004 tour.
An official press release regarding the cancellation is expected soon.
Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling heavy metal festival when it hit Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday (August 28). An excerpt from his review follows:
Black Label Society, featuring Ozzy axman Zakk Wylde, roared through a set of squealing metal with guitars all up to 12. It was full-out, no frills and a little undistinguished compared to what was to come. Wylde, a rugged character, did impart some wisdom from his WWII-vet father: 'You can fly planes into our buildings, but when you [mess] with the best, you're gonna die with the rest.'
Phil Anselmo takes the award for the most hostile performer of the day — and perhaps the year. He didn't seem to understand why the corrosive hardcore of his band, Superjoint Ritual, didn't inspire the overheated crowd to maintain a constant mosh pit.
The tattooed and mohawked Anselmo took to insults (or at least his idea of them): "If you're standing with your arms folded, you are a homosexual!" He also ratcheted up the military rhetoric: "This is the United States of America, and we can hate whoever we want! So, let's start busting heads!"
Ultimately, the angry but amusing kook went off the stage, slamming down the mike and saying, "You're the worst audience I ever played in front of."
Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath took the stage intoning, 'We have been spelllllbound! By the devilllll!' The Norwegian band held down the costumed freak slot on the main stage, bounding out in white facepaint, swinging hair and spiked leather pants. They had a cool take on gothic metal with monster vocals and funereal keyboards over the grinding guitars. Twenty minutes into the set they unleashed the vocals of bassist Simen Hestnaes, who had a high, pure voice to offset Shagrath's demonic growl.
Read the full article at post-gazette.com.
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...