'Black Label Society - Unblackened' (Blu ray)
(Zakk Wylde / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Black Label Society, formed in the late nineties by legendary guitar hero Zakk Wylde, have established themselves at the forefront of heavy metal. 'Unblackened' finds Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance filmed at Club Nokia in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Blu ray Verdict: Oh wow, what an absolutely incredible show this was/is! Unfortunately, I got into BLS after Book of Shadows and Pride and Glory were already a few years down in the line. Since buying those albums - and listening to them countless times - I have always wanted to see those songs performed live though.
Needless to say, I was very excited for this live recording to be released. I was counting down the days. It did not disappoint - it is a really really good show. The only thing that I can say negative is that it ended too quickly and left me wanting more!
That aside, this is an amazing performance, amazingly crustal clear re: the Blu ray effect and the sound is superb. It was so nice, so different to see this side of Zakk's music. It absolutely blew me away. Nice to see a sober and mature Zakk singing and playing with emotion and passion.
From the opening curtain drop to the 'Stillbor'n finale (new reworked version is AMAZING), 'Unblackened' stimulates all the senses and leaves you satisfied but yearning to hit replay to take the blessed hellride all over again!
In closing, 'Unblackened' is a solid, but more laid back performance from Zakk and his crew. If you're unfamiliar with Black Label Society, this show would be a good introduction. Great songs performed semi-acoustic. I enjoyed it tremendously. I'm sure you will too.