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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The Infinite Staircase ha issued the following announcement about performing an upcoming unplugged show:
"Who asked Santa for The Infinite Staircase to play an old-school acoustic house gig again? Well, you both got your wish...And it just got even better! In addition to an entire night of The Infinite Staircase Unplugged - Special Guest John JD Deservio of Black Label Society & Cycle of Pain will join them on stage for what's sure to be a jaw-dropper of a good time! Consider it a Mini-Reunion of sorts from the Black Label Bash 2009 TOUR!
"On Thursday, December 16th, 2010, beginning at 9:00 P.M. at Uncle Bourbon's (The Old Dock Street Bar & Grill located at 691 Bay St. - Staten Island, New York 10304) catch Jeff & Lenny Cerzosie as they play all the easy listening classics that inspired them to be the musicians they've longed to be. Such lullabies as 'Suicide Note PT I' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' as well as Lounge Classics like 'Rocketqueen' & 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' are sure to be rediscovered on this night of rediscovery, but that's not all! Original TIS music - new and old will be metamorphosed into polka acoustic versions that are sure to bring a tear and a jolly.
"But, seriously...be there…because it's free and you can help a good cause. The Infinite Staircase, in coordination with Uncle Bourbon’s, have started their own ‘Toys For Tots’ program where between now and December 23rd, anyone who brings an unwrapped toy to Uncle Bourbon’s (located at 691 Bay Street – Staten Island, New York 10304) will receive a coupon redeemable for 10% off their entire order starting in January 2011. On Christmas Eve, all donations will be brought to Staten Island Hospital and given to kids spending the holidays there."
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society, led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom in February in support of their latest studio album, "Order Of The Black."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Black Label Society will be embarking on the "Black Label Berzerkus" tour with Children of Bodom, Clutch, and 2 Cents. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
10/10 Providence, RI @ Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
10/19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/6 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
New Jersey's Cycle of Pain has issued the following update about canceling the band's previously scheduled live show with Black Label Society:
"Unfortunately, do to circumstances completely out of our control, Cycle Of Pain will not be able to open the show August 10th with Black Label Society at the Roxy in W. Hollywood. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing any of the fans that were looking forward to seeing COP in the Los Angeles area.
"Please stay tuned as I'm sure we will get Cycle Of Pain to LA in the near future. Thank you for all of your continued support for Cycle Of Pain, not only in the Los Angeles area, but everywhere else. The guys were really looking forward to doing this show and absolutely HATE canceling, but will not be able to make it. Once again the guys are very sorry & will make it up to the devoted fans in the area one day soon."
Black Label Society have released the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album titled "Order of the Black." "Order of the Black" has been set for release on August 10th, 2010 through E1 Music.
"Order Of The Black" track listing:
1. Crazy Horse
3. Parade Of The Dead
4. Darkest Days
5. Black Sunday
6. Southern Dissolution
7. Time Waits For No One
8. Godspeed Hell Bound
9. War Of Heaven
10. Shallow Grave
12. Riders Of The Damned
Black Label Society will perform a special show to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California on August 10. All of the proceeds will go directly to St. Jude's Hospital. Also appearing on the bill is Cycle of Pain, the band led by Black Label Society bassist John "J.D." DeServio.
Another new Black Label Society track, "Crazy Horse", has been made available for purchase via iTunes. Also available on iTunes is the previously released cut "Parade Of The Dead." Both songs come off the band's new album, "Order Of The Black", which will be released in North America on August 10 via E1 Music. The CD will be made available in Europe through Roadrunner Records and in Australia and New Zealand via Riot! Entertainment.
Following the trend of Slayer's "World Painted Blood," "Order Of The Black" will feature four different CD covers — one for each territory: North America, Europe, Australia and South America/Asia.
Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:
"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."
You can see the full list of winners below: More...
Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, will be headlining a North American tour this September, during which they will be joined by Finnish heavy metal favourites Children Of Bodom and American veterans Clutch. Tickets for the tour will go on sale on June 25th.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Order Of The Black." The record will be released on August 10th through E1 Music in North America with an August 9th release in Australia and Europe. Wylde commented:
"The Doom Crew and I have been holed up in the Black Label Society Bunker for the last few months laying down some of the heaviest, sexiest tracks imaginable. We can’t wait for Berserkers worldwide to hear the symphonic masterpiece that is the new BLS record!"
Heavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford appeared on Sixx Sense last Friday night to discuss the recently announced Ozzfest festival, which will take place in six cities across the United States this August. You can watch a video of the appearance below.
Ozzfest will feature Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Rob Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint on the main stage, with Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm performing on the second stage.
The tour dates for Ozzfest are as follows:
August 14 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
August 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amp.
August 19 - Pittsburg, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
August 21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
August 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna
August 24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center More...
Black Label Society has announced that they will be releasing their new, as-yet untitled studio album on August 10th worldwide. The album will be distributed in North America by E1 Music, in Europe through Roadrunner and in Australia via Riot! Entertainment. A recent message from the band reads as follows:
"If Ozzfest isn't coming to your US city or country outside US..hang tight BLS will be continuing on with a Worldwide tour beginning with Ozzfest and continuing through the end of 2011!"
Ozzy Osbourne's famous Ozzfest will see it's return this year when it kicks off in August. As predicted, Ozzy himself will headline the event, along with co-headliners Motley Crue. Also performing on the main stage will be Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint.
The second stage of the event will be headlined by Black Label Society, led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. Other bands confirmed for the second stage include Drowning Pool, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.
Each OzzFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.
The initial Ozzfest 2010 tour dates are as follows: More...
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne, has signed a new record deal with Australian label Riot Entertainment, to distribute their next album in Australia and New Zealand. Wylde commented: "John and the Riot team have done the BLS camp proud down under. We’re glad to be back with our Aussie brothers and sisters and look forward to tearing it up in Australia in early 2011."
Riot Entertainment owner and CEO John Howarth stated: "Riot’s and my history with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society goes way back to the beginning of Black Label Society’s career. We have released every BLS album down here ever since, except for one. Zakk is like family and it’s an honour to work with BLS again. We are really excited about the reports we are receiving and can’t wait to hear the finished product. We are getting ready to fire up the machine and really push the new album over the top here in Australia. Zakk knows we will get down and dirty again to push this album. We are really looking forward to Zakk and the boys touring again here in 2011!"
While we're announcing free label samplers on Amazon.com, Eagle/Armoury Records has one up there as well, apparently from 2009. Here's the tracklisting of their free metal and hard rock compilation, which looks to contain a lot more vintage material than the other samplers, including Dio, Rainbow, Deep Purple and more:
1. Black Label Society "Suicide Messiah" (5:47)
2. Deep Purple "Rapture Of The Deep" (5:55)
3. Stratovarius "Deep Unknown" (4:26)
4. Alice Cooper "Detroit City" (3:57)
5. Dio "Holy Diver" (4:46)
6. Napalm Death "Breed To Breathe" [Explicit] (2:59)
7. Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" (3:13)
8. Poison "Look What The Cat Dragged In" [Explicit] (3:15)
9. Rainbow "Kill The King" (4:39)
10. Black Label Society "Doomsday Jesus" (3:30)
You can download the free compilation here.
Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that they have recruited Evanescence drummer Will Hunt. Hunt will tour with the band as well as record the next studio album with them, although he will remain a member of Evanescence, who began recording their new studio album yesterday. Stay tuned for further information.
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Black Label Society has announced that they have parted ways with their drummer Craig Nunenmacher. Although no official reason has been given for the split, a brief message from the band reads as follows:
"Craig Nunenmacher has quit the band... we will have a new drummer very soon."
The band are scheduled to release a new studio album later this year through E1 Music.
Barbara Wylde, the wife of Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde and co-manager of the band, has announced that Black Label Society has signed a new record deal with E1 Music to release their next studio album in North America. The band recently began recording the album and hope to have it released by June. Stay tuned for further details.