I am very happy to find out that Pantera is not the only group keeping hard heavy music in the mainstream. Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society pound out some of the heaviest songs I have ever heard. The main thing I like about this album is, much like Pantera, there is no fear of a guitar actually being heard. Guitar solos are not back, they never left. Zakk proves this throughout this CD. When Zakk said that this album was to dismiss all the “boy bands” he wasn’t kidding. All you have to do is hear Counterfeit God and it will all be very clear. Just buy this CD. I cannot say enough good bout it. Except that he is one of the best “real” musicians around.
Sophomore release for heavy metal act featuring Zakk Wylde. Includes the first single ’Counterfeit God’ as well as the CD-ROM video. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.
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If you are looking for an album which blends the music of Pantera, Black Sabbath, and Corrosion of Conformity, here you go. Zakk has listened to what his fans have always wanted and has delivered an album full of thick heavy riffs and exploding solos. Yes there are a couple slower songs “Rust” “Just Killing Time”, but they too are impressive for this one time Ozzy hacker. I doubt that any radio station will have the balls to play any of these songs, but I know I will be cranking this cd over and over. The stand out tunes are “Superterrorrizer” “Counterfeit God” and the epic “Love Reign Down”. Go get it now!
Different people are put on this Earth to do different things. Zakk Wylde was put here to make the heaviest, bone crushing music around. “Sonic Brew” was a monster CD in it’s own right, but “Stronger than Death” is quite possibly Zakk’s finest collection to date. The cd kicks you in the teeth from the beginning with the heavy groove of “All For You”. “Phoney Smiles and Fake Hellos” sounds like a cross between Sabbath and Pantera. The lead work throughout the entire cd will leave you in awe. Zakk has finally shed all remnants of his Ozzy years and created a masterpiece in HIS own style. If heavy metal is truly on the rise again, then Zakk Wylde has issued a challenge to all 80’s guitar heros to wake up and do what they do best.
Zakk Wylde is one of the few respectable names left in the pure heavy metal scene. This is no nu-metal crap, the album is full of strong riffs and excellent solos. “All for You” kicks the album off, an adreniline-pumping opener with a fret-burning guitar solo near the end; this song is amazing! “Stronger Than Death” is strong too, with backing vocals at the end by baseball player Mike Piazza. The rest of the songs are gauranteed to please Zakk’s fans as well, because many have powerful riffs and all of them have at least one guitar solo. I wish Zakk would convince Ozzy to put out material like this. I feel that Zakk’s vocals leave much to be desired (they sound like a mix between Phil Anselmo, Layne Staley, and Scott Stapp), I long for Ozzy’s glory days of “No More Tears.” Zakk should form a full time band dedicated to playing true heavy metal and kicking rap-metal like Limp Bizkit out of the music scene.
I thought Mr. Wylde couldn’t get any heavier than he did on his BLS Sonic Brew masterpiece, but Stronger Than Death proves me dead wrong. Much heavier this is an awesome CD. Lyrically, Zakk’s best, while not a strong songwriter in the past, this is Zakk’s best lyrical and musical solo CD yet. Sounding a bit like Ozzy on a few tracks most notably the opener, Zakk lays down some blazing solos and maximum riffage to put all those so called new meatllites to shame. Great tracks include All for You, title track, Superterrorizer and Counterfeit God. Black Label Society is the new metal band of the millenium and is Stronger than DEATH!