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The Blessed Hellride

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  • What an outstanding CD.. no seriously.. what a completely outstanding incredible CD.. what a great.. band? artist?

    whatever..

    Ok so.. let’s look at the good points of this CD.. an appearance from Ozzy Osbourne (who can sing so much better than what you’d expect watching The Osbournes) for starters.. then we’ve got a guitar player who writes riffs that are heavy as hell, yet still soothing.. great sense of melody while maintaing the agression. Yngwie Malmsteen.. eat your heart out.

    So seriously.. what do we get when we get a singer who sounds like a mix between Ozzy Osbourne and the guy from Type O Negative.. a guest appearance from the Ozzman himself.. and a guitar player who writes the coolest riffs I’ve ever heard and always seems to include cool noises within them.. while performing malmsteen-like solos?

    One hell of a CD.. and a new favourite band.

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If love guitar driven, straight ahead Rock & Roll, look no further. This cd has what you crave in spades!!

    Zakk continues to pump out great tunes that groove big time. This is less southern rock sounding than some of his past stuff, but I don’t care, Zakk plays a mean guitar and writes great tunes and that’s what it’s all about!

    Posted on February 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • All I want is hard and heavy music. There are very few bands that deliver anymore. But, I can always count on Zakk! If only a few more bands would follow his lead…

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I started listening to Zakk about 2 years ago, and I can’t put his stuff down. Hes really gone through an evolution of sorts with Pride and Glory, Book of Shadows, etc. Black Label has become the ultimate answer to what people really wanna hear from musicians, not stuff thats designed to sell records.The Blessed Hellride carries on the tradition, but in a whole new way. It is by far Zakk’s most diverse album as far as styles go. He opens it up with Stoned and Drunk, a classic-style hardcore rock anthem, and by the end puts you out with the slow and creepy Dead Meadow (piano included).Standout tracks include: Doomsday Jesus, a revisit to 1919 days, as well as Suffering Overdue, which displays Zakk’s low-tune tradition. Blackened Waters is a slower, ballad-type song with a killer solo, while the title track is the only acoustic song (still extremely awesome).In closing, if you want a CD that has ripping, intricate guitar work, get this CD. If you want deep, well-written songs, get it. If you like Skulls, Rotweillers, and Chains, Get out there and buy it.BASICALLY, BUY IT!!!!! SDMF FOR LIFE

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album, is set to put Zakk on the charts.Zakk Wylde, originally known as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, has come into his own in the past 10 years, showing amazing musicianship, unrestrained dedication, and unbridled talent, in his post-Ozzy ventures. Starting with his Southern Rock influenced “Pride and Glory” album, through his piano-driven “Book of Shadows” album, and his more recent band “Black Label Society”, Zakk has shown both physical and mental versatility, and inventiveness, playing every instrument on his albums, besides the drums, (including piano and banjo) and pushing the limit of guitar riffs, solo-work, and fearlessness. His intensity and dedication was further exemplified in the most recent Ozzfest tour, playing sets with both Ozzy Osbourne, and his band (Black Label Society). Keeping true metal alive, Zakk has retained a stubborn, and unchanging, yet admirable, no-nonsense, and above all, down to earth attitude throughout. Specifically, on his new Album, “The Blessed Hellride”, the listener gets to hear all sides of Zakk’s musical talent, with such softer tracks as “Dead Meadow” or the Title Track”The Blessed Hellride”, brutal, driving tracks, such as “Doomsday Jesus”, downright catchy (don’t call it radio friendly!) tracks like “Stillborn” (which features a special guest vocalist), and tracks that reflect his previous experience with Ozzy, such as “Destruction Overdrive”. The only track that I would consider weak (only in comparison to the others), is “Doomsday Jesus”… however, every time I listen to it, it sounds better. Overall, Zakk’s voice sounds much more refined (even Ozzy-esque), featuring more of a range than on his other albums, and the sound quality is seemingly higher on the music backing him up. A fantastic album to pop in while taking a long drive, it’s faster tracks provide an extremely rousing beat that will keep you awake, and get the blood-pumping. Also very good for alone-time, it’s softer tracks are soothing, though they manage to keep one’s attention, and draw a person into the sound, rather than lulling one to sleep. Simply amazing work. Overall, whether you are a fan of Zakk, or someone who’s never heard of the guy, the album provides so much diversity, and raw talent, that it cannot be ignored, and is one of his best albums to date. Don’t miss this one. The only disappointment is that it eventually ends.-UnforgivenSDMF(BLS Street Team, NY Chapter).

    Posted on February 9, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now