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    Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:10:00

    Black Label Society "Catacombs of The Black Vatican" Album Review — 4 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    • Black Label Society - NEW YORK - AUGUST 20:  Musician Zakk Wylde promotes 'Order Of The Black' at Hudson News inside Grand Central Terminal on August 20, 2010 in New York city.
    • Black Label Society - NEW YORK - AUGUST 20:  Musician Zakk Wylde promotes 'Order Of The Black' at Hudson News inside Grand Central Terminal on August 20, 2010 in New York city.
    • Black Label Society - NEW YORK - AUGUST 20:  Musician Zakk Wylde promotes 'Order Of The Black' at Hudson News inside Grand Central Terminal on August 20, 2010 in New York city.

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    There are very few things we can rely on in this day and age. It just seems like everything disappoints at some point, especially in music. Artists often lose the plot and end up somewhere up their own asses trying to reclaim what they once were to no avail—becoming a fading imitation of themselves.

    Zakk Wylde luckily does not have that problem. No matter how much things may change in the scene around him, the Black Label Society leader unwaveringly sticks to his guns and keeps blowing away the competition with every subsequent album. Catacombs of the Black Vatican, out April 8, keeps the tradition of ass-kicking going at high gear. Whether it's the ominous squeals of "Fields of Unforgiveness" or the grinding, guttural blues stomp of "My Dying Time", Wylde sounds as uncaged as ever. His voice hits heavenly heights as his soloing practically burns a hole through his fret board and then the speakers.

    He also can dial it down with the best of them as "Angel of Mercy" stands proudly alongside his best "soft" fare such as "In This River". Then again, "Damn the Flood" kicks back up with a beer-swilling thrash ruckus that pummels on sight. Still, it's the somber and strangely soothing "Shades of Grey" that proudly shows all the colors of the Black Label Society flag with its big hook and passionate delivery from Wylde.

    By the end of Catacombs of The Black Vatican, it's clear Zakk Wylde ain't changing for anybody or anything. Ain't that what all great rock 'n' roll is about?

    Rick Florino
    03.24.14


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