Black Label Society Releases Album Art, Track Listing For Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label brethren have released the official track listing and album art for the upcoming Black Label Society album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican.  Also released is the album’s lead single, ‘My Dying Time.’  The single is available now online via iTunes.  The track listing for Catacombs of the Black Vatican is available below.

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)

Catacombs of the Black Vatican will be available in stores and online via eOne on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.  It is first full length studio album from Black Label Society since 2009’s Order of The Black, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #4.  The band’s most recent recording, Unblackened, was released in 2013 on both a double-disc CD set an Blu-ray. The performance taped for that live performance was recorded at L.A.’s Club Nokia.  Two live dates are currently planned for the band this Spring. The first of those dates is on May 16th in Columbus, Ohio.  The other, a performance at the annual Rockfest festival, is scheduled for May 30th.  More information on the band’s tour schedule, its upcoming schedule and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety and http://www.blacklabelsociety.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Unblackened Is One Of BLS’ Best Live Releases

Courtesy:  EOne Music/Entertainment One

Courtesy: EOne Music/Entertainment One

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society brothers are back once again with a brand new live release.  Unblackened is another impressive live release from Wylde and company.  Whether one has had the pleasure of attending a BLS show live or not, it serves as an excellent example of what audiences get with a live Black Label show.  This live recording is something extra special for Black Label fans.  It is something extra special first and foremost because unlike with previous live releases, it is being released both on CD and on DVD and Blu-ray.  Audiences will appreciate the audio quality from the CD portion of the recording.  On a related note, the review for the video (Blu-ray) portion of the recording will come at a later date.  The audio mix on the CD was very well balanced, adding to the overall enjoyment.  One more reason fans will appreciate this latest release is that also unlike previous live releases, Zakk and his band mates were extremely selective in their set list for this show.  All of these factors taken into consideration, they make Unblackened a contender for one of 2013’s best new live recordings.

Unblackened, as noted, is an easy contender to be named one of the year’s best live recordings.  It earns this honor first and foremost as it is presented both with an audio and video portion.  This is different from previous live Black Label Society releases.  Previous live Black Label Society have been put out solely on CD (E.g. Live Brew-tality) or specifically on DVD or Blu-ray as in the live release, Boozed, Bruised, and Broken Boned.  This is a rare treat for long-time Black Label Society fans, to be able to take the recording with them anywhere that they want, including their vehicles.  Even with the audio and video portion being kept separate from one another, fans receive a treat as it allows audiences to decide which side of the show they want to get.  This is good in that maybe a given fan has the DVD or Blu-ray side of the show, but not the CD.  The CD could be purchased separate by said fan’s family or friends as a gift for a birthday.  Or since the holidays are right around the corner, said fan’s family or friends could purchase the CD as a gift idea without worrying about whether or not said fan already has the audio half of the concert.  Sure, it would be just as great to have both the audio and video portion of the show together.  But it’s just as good to have them separate.  The hypothetical situation noted here is just one example of why this is the case.  And it is for this hypothetical situation that Entertainment One’s staffers are to be commended for making the choice to present the show on separate formats.

The ability of fans to choose whether they want to take in Unblackened in its audio or video format or both is a major boon to any Black Label Society fan.  It’s just one positive to this new upcoming live recording.  In looking solely at the recording’s audio (CD) side, the CD’s audio mix is solid.  Believe it or not, there are some cases in which the audio mix of a live recording can turn out to be somewhat muddy to put it politely.  This is not one of those cases.  Those responsible for mixing the concert for home release did their jobs with expert precision.  The end result is a live double-disc CD release that will leave fans wanting the concert’s video side in the best possible way.  But alas, that is a review for another day.

The overall presentation of Unblackened is the biggest portion of what makes this live recording a candidate to be one of the year’s best live recordings.  The audio mix was finalized expertly on the CD.  And the very fact that fans can choose between the CD and DVD or Blu-ray (what BLS fan wouldn’t want both sides of the show?) makes it even more impactful for fans.  There is one more factor which fans should consider in this new live release.  That final factor is the show’s set list.  The set list makes the concert stand out from previous BLS live releases in the fact that it is much more album specific.  It pulls a song here and a song there from The Blessed Hellride and Mafia.  But the majority of this concert’s set list was pulled from Wylde’s older solo material and from BLS’ acoustic album, Hangover Music Vol. VI.  That album in question received mixed reception from both fans and critics alike.  Put into a live format as it is here though, many of the songs from that album are given a whole new life.  Perhaps after hearing the songs from Hangover Music Vol. VI in a whole new setting, fans that were critical of said album will gain a whole new appreciation for the record.  Older tracks such as the show’s opener, ‘Losin’ Your Mind’, ‘Sold My Soul’, ‘Road Back Home’, and ‘Sweet Jesus’ make the concert even more special.  That’s because these classics are far less visible on Zakk’s previous live recordings.  They show a side of Wylde with which many audiences might not be so familiar.  It proves, as Zakk said in one interview years ago, a song can be heavy without being heavy and crunching.  Fans that accept this will enjoy every minute of this recording when it is released on September 24th via EOne Music.  Fans will be able to purchase the double-disc in stores or order it online via iTunes at http://www.itunes.com/blacklabelsociety.  In the meantime, audiences can keep up with all of the latest BLS news on the official BLS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety and its official website, http://www.blacklabelsociety.com.

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Black Label Society Debuts Song From Upcoming Live CD/DVD, Blu-ray

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Entertainment One

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Entertainment One

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label brethren have released a new song.  The song, titled ‘Ain’t Not Sunshine When She’s Gone’ is a mournful bluesy type of song.  It was originally written by blues legend Bill Withers.  The entirely acoustic piece is one of two cover songs that will be included on the upcoming Black Label Society CD/DVD, Unblackened.  The song is streaming online now at Rolling Stone magazine’s website.  Fans can listen to it now at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/black-label-society-cover-bill-withers-sunshine-song-premiere-20130809

Unblackened will be available Tuesday, September 24th.  It will be distributed through the band’s current label, Entertainment One.  Along with its CD/DVD release, Unblackened will also be released on Blu-ray.  The double-disc CD release of Unblackened will contain six tracks not included on the DVD, including acoustic takes of ‘Queen of Sorrow’ and ‘Won’t Find It Here’ and covers of Leon Russell’s ‘Song For You’ and the aforementioned Bill Withers cover. 

Unblackened was filmed and recorded earlier in 2013 at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia.  It features performances of some of the band’s most well-known hits stripped down in an acoustic setting.  The DVD and Blu-ray will include as bonus features:  an interview with Zakk Wylde, a photo gallery, a music video for the band’s song, ‘Losin’ Your Mind’ from Zakk’s Pride and Glory solo record, and a feature with Zakk making a visit to the British prison, HM Prison Stocken. 

The DVD/Blu-ray and CD track listings are available below.

DVD/Blu-ray Track Listing

1.) Losin’ Your Mind
2.) The Blessed Hellride
3.) Sold My Soul
4.) Road Back Home
5.) Spoke In The Wheel
6.) House Of Doom
7.) Queen Of Sorrow
8.) Machine Gun Man
9.) Sweet Jesus
10.) In This River
11.) Throwin’ It All Away
12.) Takillya (Estyabon)
13.) Won’t Find It Here
14.) Rust
15.) Speedball
16.) I Thank You Child
17.) Stillborn

 

CD Track Listing

Disc I

1. Losin’ Your Mind
2. The Blessed Hellride
3. Sold My Soul
4. Road Back Home
5. Spoke In the Wheel
6. House Of Doom
7. Queen Of Sorrow
8. Machine Gun Man
9. Sweet Jesus
10. In This River
11. Throwin’ It All Away

 

Disc 2

1. Takillya (Estyabon)
2. Won’t Find It Here
3. Rust
4. Speedball
5. I Thank You Child
6. Stillborn
7. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (cover)
9. Lovin’ Woman
10. Queen Of Sorrow (unplugged)
11. Song For You (cover)
12. Won’t Find It Here (unplugged)
13. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

BLS fans can keep up with all of the latest from Zakk and company online at http://www.facebook.com/zakkwylde, http://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety, http://www.zakkwylde.com, http://www.blacklabelsociety.com, and http://twitter.com/zakkwyldebls.

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