What can be said about Zakk Wylde that hasn’t already been said? The man is the guitar god of his time, and can shred like no other modern day guitarist out there today. “Sonic Brew”, Zakk’s first release under his Black Label Society title, is a full throttle smash some beer bottles against the wall hard rock that fans of old Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, or early Pantera will no doubt dig. Opening track “Bored to Tears” has become a live staple of Zakk’s (one listen to it and you’ll know why), while “Born to Lose”, “Mother Mary”, and “Lost My Better Half” are utterly amazing songs which shows Zakk pouring all his emotion into his guitar, and his soulful but borderline death metal growl of a voice is music to any metalhead’s ears. My personal favorite song is “Hey You (Batch of Lies)” which is undeniably heavy and has quite a catchy chorus that will stick in your head for quite a while. Other songs like “Black Pearl” and “World of Trouble” sound a bit like filler material, but don’t take away much of the greatness of “Sonic Brew”. All in all, this is a great pick up for fans of Zakk or for those looking for something truly heavy and melodic with some major guitar talents. Pick up the BLS follow up to this, 2000’s “Stronger Than Death”, which I consider Zakk and co. at their apex.