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Saturday, 28 November 2015 |
Zakk Wylde's 'Black Label Society'
with Bare Bones
I reckon every aspiring guitarist would want to look and play like Zakk Wylde. He cuts an imposing figure; he has enough riffs to make the earth shudder, enough talent to tackle multiple instruments and he has enough hair to make the Vikings feel weak in the follicles. More on him in a minute.
But first, the evening’s early jams were provided by Bare Bones, five rabid Sydney punk-rockers. They put on a fiery show that was surprisingly sludgy for punk, they spat out plenty of growls, random bouts of headbanging and a well-received take on Metallica’s 'Enter Sandman’. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Black Label Society’s stage entry followed the frankly brilliant intro ‘Whole Lotta Sabbath’ Mix by Wax Audio – who would’ve thought mixing 'Whole Lotta Love' with 'War Pigs' would lead to an aural orgy of sorts?
Touching on history, Zakk Wylde formed Black Label Society in California in 1998, after a long stint with Ozzy Osbourne and working on other side projects. Black Label Society have released nine studio albums since inception, including their most current album Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, released in 2014.
Now, you would think ten years since their last Australian headlining tour (or four years since being a part of the Soundwave juggernaut) would be long enough to blunt an axe but Mr. Wylde and Black Label Society pounded and tore the stage the minute they set foot on it. Their setlist bore their trademarks of classic tunes, heavy shreds on Wylde’s famous ‘Bullseye’ guitars peppered with some “sit-down-and-catch-your-breath” moments such as ‘Angel Of Mercy’ and the BLS staple Dimebag Darrell's tribute ‘My Dying Time’.
Whilst technically brilliant, Zakk’s wild guitar-playing was at times undone by fuzzy vocals and I think it had more to do with the design of the venue itself (yes, its round) than the sound production. This and his guitarsturbation solo aside, Zakk Wylde and his stellar band delivered a hard-hitting yet beautiful blend of Southern Rock and Metal.
Black Label Society dished out raw energy and passion and crowd engagement was as good as it comes. Mix the two with a bright Little Creatures on tap and what all got was a night to remember.
Welcome back Zakk. You were missed.
Source: Fan footage from YouTube
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