Black Label Society Debuts ‘Trampled Down Below’ Video

Courtesy: eOne

Black Label Society unveiled the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for ‘Trampled Down Below‘ on Wednesday.  The song is the last to be released from the band’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits.  that record was released January 19, 2018 via entertainmentOne.

Directed by Dan Sturgess, this new video features footage recorded during a performance at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall from early this year.  The video and song are the fourth from the album, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Current Charts, #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #1 on its Independent Chart and #2 on its Rock Charts.

The other videos and singles released from Grimmest Hits are: ‘A Love Unreal,’ ‘Room of Nightmares‘ and ‘All That Once Shined.’

 

Courtesy: entertainmentOne

Audiences can hear all of these songs and more live when Black Label Society heads back out on the road next month with Corrosion of Conformity for the next leg of Black Label Society’s North American tour in support of Grimmest Hits.  The nearly month-long tour  launches July 14 in Cadott, Wisconsin and spans 23-cities including Charlotte, North Carolina on August 2.  The full tour schedule can be seen here.

More information on Black Label Society’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

 

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Not A Singles Set, ‘Grimmest Hits’ is One of BLS’ Best Albums To Date

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This coming Sunday, veteran hard rock band Black Label Society will make its way to North Carolina’s capital city as part of its tour in support of its brand new album Grimmest Hits. Despite the album’s title, it is not a hits collection. It is in fact a brand new collection of songs from guitar great Zakk Wylde and company. One that once more proves why BLS is still one of the most revered and respected names in the rock realm and music community in whole today. That is proven in part through the arrangements presented throughout the album’s 12 total songs. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes also serve to support that statement, and will be discussed later. The album’s sequencing is one more item that supports that statement. When it is joined with the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes, the whole of these elements shows without doubt why this album is such an impressive new release from one of rock’s elite acts and why the band itself is so respected.

Black Label Society’s new album, its 10th full-length studio recording, is some of the best work to date that the veteran hard rock act has released. That is proven at least in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements presented across the course of the 55-minute album take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1998 debut album Sonic Brew, its 2002 album 1919 Eternal and its follow-up, 2003’s The Blessed Hellride with its heavier side. Speaking of that heavier side, it is not the album’s only side. It also boasts a much softer, more reserved side that will impress fans of Zakk Wylde’s Book of Shadows albums in the form of ‘The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away,’ ‘The Only Words’ and ‘Nothing Left To Say.’ This album is not the first time that Wylde and company have shown both a heavy and soft side on one of its albums. That’s a good thing, too because it is another way in which the band continues to show its reach and talent. Considering this, having such mix of musical elements is just as welcome here as in the band’s previous efforts. It creates a solid foundation for the album; A foundation that is strengthened even more through the album’s lyrical themes.

‘The Betrayal’ is a key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes to its presentation. The song seems to tackle the topic of someone who is somewhat short-sighted and who can’t see the way things are actually going. That is inferred as Wylde sings, “Gathered for this mass/Abandon all that you know/You say that you’re not blind/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “the engines start to seize/The walls begin to close/The betrayal that you see/Yet you can’t see/Which way the river flows.” The song continues in similar fashion through its third and fourth verse. Considering this, the whole of the song seems to take on the matter of someone who might be able to see “A,” “B” and “C” but who can’t see the proverbial forest for the trees. It is definitely an interesting song, lyrically speaking, that is certain to generate its own share of discussion. As always, this is only this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel. It could be wholly incorrect. Hopefully not, but one only knows for certain when one gets it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Having noted this, it is just one of the songs that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical themes in showing what makes the album in whole such a strong new effort. The theme at the center of ‘The Only Words,’ which is one of the album’s previously noted softer moments, shows just as much as that of ‘The Betrayal’ why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its whole.

The theme — or at least the seeming theme — presented in ‘The Only Words’ is simply that of a person’s love and affection for another. Yes, it comes across as a love song. Who’d have thought Black Label Society would ever craft a love song?! If indeed that is what this song is, then kudos to Wylde and company for going that route. That is because of how well it came off in its simplicity. Wylde sings here, “So you say you’ve got your plans/Well life’s got its plans, too/Changes that come and go/Come tomorrow one never knows.” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Mountains may fall/The stars may all disappear/Just to hear you say you’re mine/The only words I need to hear.” The song’s second verse continues the same mentality of the lead verse, and couples with the chorus to once again present the seeming theme of love. When the song’s gentle, almost light southern rock musical arrangement, that theme seems to fit even more. It makes the song a display of a side of Zakk Wylde that is not often seen or heard, though not overly rare. Again, it makes this seeming theme one more way in which the album’s musical themes prove so important to the album’s whole. It is not the last of the songs whose theme shows the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ is one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important.

The theme at the center of ‘A Love Unreal’ can be interpreted in one of two ways: romantic love and religious love. Which one is in fact the case is up to Wylde. It is a positive theme, regardless of which angle Wylde took here. That is proven as he sings, “Hand me your doubts, worries and fears/Within this embrace/They all shall appear/A love beyond/A love unreal/This sadness you felt/You will no longer feel.” This is just the song’s lead verse, but is a strong statement nonetheless. On the one hand, one could interpret it as one person comforting another in a time of despair and strife. On another hand, one could just as easily argue that it is linked to Wylde’s devout Catholic beliefs. This is especially possible as Wylde sings about giving “this world and all that there is”… “all to you: as he asks “Could you promise me as I promised you?” There’s even what seems like a statement about self-realization here. Regardless of what the song’s actual theme is, there is no denying that it is another positive theme, and one that stands just as separately from the other songs noted here as the rest of the album’s themes do from these songs and from one another. Keeping this in mind, it becomes yet another example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Grimmest Hits‘ whole. Having noted the importance of the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes to its whole, it can be agreed that each element is critical to the album’s whole both alone and together. While each obviously has its own importance, they are not its only important elements. The album’s sequencing shows one last time just what makes this album another strong effort from BLS and of course why the band is still such a respected organization.

The sequencing of Grimmest Hits is so important to discuss because it puts the finishing touch to the foundation formed by the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. Going back to the previous discussion on the album’s arrangements, there are both heavy and so soft that they’re heavy arrangements spread across the album. In the same vein, that means the album’s energies change from one song to the next. That change in those energies is clear over the first half of the album. What’s really interesting about that change is its subtlety. The record’s first three songs are heavy, full on pieces, but as it progresses into ‘All That Once Shined,’ the album’s fourth song, the energy becomes noticeably more reserved. As that song progresses into ‘the Only Words,’ the album’s energy becomes even more reserved before going abruptly full throttle again in ‘Room of Nightmares,’ its midway point.  It’s a clearly intentional way to make certain audiences were still along for the ride.

The musical punch from ‘Room of Nightmares’ is complimented immediately after by another heavy arrangement in ‘A Love Unreal.’ As the album progresses through its second half, its energy starts to switch up even more with a back and forth approach from ‘Disbelief’ on. What this approach does is insures listeners’ engagement even more through the second half of the album.  That in turn shows again just as much time and thought was put into this part of the album as was with its musical and lyrical content. When it is considered along with the time and thought put into those elements, the whole of all three shows why this album is another success from Black Label Society. In turn, the album shows why Black Label Society remains today one of the rock (and music) community’s most respected names.

Black Label Society’s latest full-length studio recording Grimmest Hits is one of the band’s most important albums to date. The band’s 10th album in its roughly 20 year life, it is a record that makes a bold statement as it takes listeners back to some of the best of the album’s predecessors, including the band’s debut album. This is evident through each of its twelve total musical arrangements. Its varied lyrical themes cover a wide range of ground, strengthening its foundation even more. From a seeming love song to a commentary on seeing the bigger picture of life to so many other topics, this record’s lyrical themes do plenty to strengthen its foundation even more. The time and thought obviously put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to that foundation, insuring even more listeners’ engagement. All thing considered, these elements join together to make this album one whole that is one of BLS’ best albums to date and an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock records. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Grimmest Hits is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Ozzy Announces Farewell Tour

Courtesy: MSO PR

Ozzy is officially calling it a career.

The Grammy Award ®-winning veteran performer, famed television personality and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee announced Monday that he is retiring, and will celebrate his impending retirement with an extensive farewell tour.  The tour is currently scheduled to open May 5, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico and to run through July 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portgual.

While the upcoming farewell tour, which will run through 2020, is OSbourne’s last big outing, he stressed in a recent interview that the tour likely won’t be his absolute last time performing live.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Osbourne said.  “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.

Included in the upcoming tour is a mix of solo and festival shows that will see Osbourne performing alongside long time friend and Black Label Society front man Zakk Wylde (guitar), Blasko (bass), Tommy Cluefetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).  The North American leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour, which will be revealed in 2018, will be produced by Live Nation.

The current schedule for the European leg of Ozzy’s farewell tour is noted below.

DATE
COUNTRY/CITY
VENUE
Sat
5/5
Mexico
TBA
Tue
5/8
Santiago, Chile
TBA
Fri
5/11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
TBA
Sun
5/13
São Paulo, Brazil
TBA
Wed
5/16
Curitiba, Brazil
TBA
Fri
5/18
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
TBA
Sun
5/20
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TBA
Fri
6/1
Moscow, Russia
Olympiisky
Sun
6/3
St. Petersburg, Russia
Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed
6/6
Finland
TBA
Fri
6/8
Solvesborg, Sweden*
Sweden Rock Festival
Sun
6/10
Donington, UK*
Download Festival
Wed
6/13
Prague, Czech Republic*
Airport Letnany
Fri
6/15
Paris, France*
Download Festival
Sun
6/17
Italy*
TBA
Wed
6/20
Halden, Norway*
Tons of Rock Festival
Fri
6/22
Copenhagen, Denmark*
Copenhell Festival
Sun
6/24
Dessel, Belgium*
Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue
6/26
Krakow, Poland*
Impact Festival
Thu
6/28
Oberhausen, Germany*
König-Pilsnet Arena
Fri
6/30
Madrid, Spain*
Download Festival
Mon
7/2
Lisbon, Portugal
Meo Arena
*Produced by Live Nation

 

More information on Ozzy’s upcoming farewell tour is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ozzy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

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Rock Legends Reunite For New Tour

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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have re-united.

More than a decade after the duo went its separate ways, it has reunited for a short string of new live dates.  The musicians are partnering for a short string of live headlining dates this summer and fall beginning July 14.

The performances mark the first time since 2006 that Wylde and Osbourne have performed live together.  The last time the men worked together in the studio was on Osbourne’s 2006 record Black Rain.

The new live dates also mark the first time Osbourne has embarked on a solo U.S. tour since his Ozzy & Friends performance at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.

Also joining Ozzy and Wylde for the upcoming live dates will be longtime collaborators Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Wylde and Osbourne seemed to both be anticipating the upcoming live dates as they talked about hitting the road in recent interviews.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said.  “This is what I do.  This is where I belong, on the road.”

Wylde agreed.

“I’m really looking forward to the hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts,” Wylde said.

The current listing for the group’s new headlining dates is noted below.


DATE
                        CITY                 VENUE

 

July

Fri, July 14         Oshkosh, WI       Rock USA Festival

Sun, July 16       Chicago, IL         Chicago Open Air Festival

 

August

Wed, August 9    Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip

Mon, August 21   Cartersville, IL    Moonstock Festival

Osbourne was said to be working a new solo record at last report. That album reportedly is scheduled for release sometime in 2018 via Epic Records.

More information on the upcoming dates is available online now along with all of Osbourne’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ozzy.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzyosbourne

Twitter: http://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne

 

 

 

All of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zakkwyldebls

 

 

 

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Blacktop Mojo has released the debut single from its upcoming album Burn The Ships.

‘Pyromaniac’ is a grinding, gritty, guitar-driven composition that will appeal to fans of Brand New Sin, Black Label Society, and Black Stone Cherry and others of that ilk.  The band said in a collective statement that the song is one of its favorite songs from its upcoming album, which can be pre-ordered online now here.

“It has been a long a** journey to get to this point, so we’re very excited to premiere the first track, ‘Pyromaniac’ off our new album Burn The Ships,” the band said.  “the song holds a special place in our hearts, and not to mention, it kicks a** when we play it live.  Hope you all enjoy the song as much as we love playing it.”

The song is streaming now online at Tattoo.com.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Burn The Ships was produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula.  Audiences who pre-order the album now will receive ‘Pyromaniac’ as an instant download.  Burn The Ships’ complete track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1 Where The Wind Blows
2 End Of Days
3 Burn The Ships
4 Prodigal
5 Shadows On The Wall
6 Sweat
7 Pyromaniac
8 8000 Lines
9 Dog On A Leash
10 Make A Difference
11 Chains
12 Dream On
13 Underneath

 

 

More information on ‘Pyromaniac’ is available online now along with all of Blacktop Mojo’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BLACKTOPMOJO

 

 

 

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Zakk Wylde Adds More Dates To His “Book Of Shadows II” Tour

Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde has added more dates to his current live schedule.

The veteran guitarist and Black Label Society front man announced recently a brand new schedule of live dates.  The new schedule, which is in support of his new album Book of Shadows II, launches this Friday, July 8th in Dallas, Texas and runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles, California.  The roughly eight-week tour will take Wylde across North America and Canada and even includes a stop in North Carolina along the way on Friday, July 22nd.  There also performances scheduled in Texas, New York, Ohio, Utah, and many other cities.  Jared James Nichols will serve as direct support throughout the tour at various dates along with Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.  Tickets and VIP packages are available now for all dates.  They can be purchased online now here.  The full schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below.  .

 

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre
7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale
8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support
8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support
8/15: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma
8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central
8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

 

More information on the latest dates on Zakk Wylde’s “Book Of Shadows II Tour” is available online now along with all of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZakkWyldeBLS

 

 

 

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Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.knotfest.com.  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:

 

 

OZZFEST

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzfestofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

 

KNOTFEST

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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