O.K. On it’s own merits, “Skullage” is a good cd. Maybe very good since the songs are all solid. But I’ve got a major problem with this disc, Zakk’s record label & Zakk himself.
For those of you who don’t know the history, read on! In the late ’90s, Spitfire Records re-released “Pride & Glory,” Zakk’s southern-rock band, “Book of Shadows,” his solo disc & “Sonic Brew,” the first release by Black Label Society. Then, over the course of the next 5 or so years, Spitfire released 6 more BLS cd’s, including a live record & a 19-song compilation ONLY 4 years ago…in 2005. After leaving Spitfire & putting out “Mafia” and “Shot to Hell” on Artemis & Roadrunner Records, Zakk took a brief hiatus…for him! Which leads us back to this release.
It’s on Armoury Records, a division of Eagle Entertainment. Spitfire Records, which put out, count ‘em, 9 Zakk Wylde cd’s over the last decade, is also a division of Eagle Entertainment. So, basically, Eagle Entertainment puts out this 12-song compilation with 3 extra live tracks a mere FOUR years after issuing a 19-song compilation called “Kings of Damnation: ‘98-’04.” Yeah, it’s got those 3 additional tracks plus an instrumental & “Mafia/Shot to Hell” are represented here but there’s not one track from “Sonic Brew” and it still comes in with a grand total of 15 or 16 songs. Still 3 or 4 songs shorter than the ‘05 compilation. In addition, Eagle Entertainment has remastered & is re-issuing virtually the entire Zakk Wylde catalog on Armoury Records, a division of Eagle Ent., less than a decade after releasing most of his releases on Spitfire Records, another division of Eagle Ent. Rip-off? Stealing money from Zakk’s loyal fans? You be the judge. And why Zakk would allow this is beyond me. He’s always seemed like the kind of guy who stands behind his society-dwelling fans no matter what. Or maybe only if they’re willing to hand him their hard-earned cash while the record company smiles a fat-cat grin!