- Mon, 2010-08-09 16:12
In 1987, at the age of 20, Zakk Wylde worked in a petrol station.
In 1988, at the age of 21, Zakk Wylde recorded the album No Rest For The Wicked as guitarist for none other than Ozzy Osbourne, The Prince of Darkness.
Unsurprisingly, he never looked back.
Two decades later, and Wylde has just released his eighth studio album with Black Label Society, the band that he set up in 1998 in downtime from his commitments with Ozzy. They've since become a worldwide favourite with hard-rock and metal fans. Known for their uncompromising approach, Black Label Society supply everything a head-banger could possibly dream of; there are riffs, they are punishing; there are solos, they are lightning-fast; there are lyrics about death and suffering, and they are sung in a throaty snarl.
Granted, there’s nothing particularly new or innovative about Black Label Society’s latest material, but if it ain’t broke then why fix it? Wylde’s pyrotechnic guitar playing has always been, and continues to be, entertainment of the highest order.