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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEBUTS “ROOM OF NIGHTMARES” SINGLE / MUSIC VIDEO

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ALL NEW LP GRIMMEST HITS DUE JANUARY 19, 2018

October 2, 2017 — Black Label Society have debuted their brand new music video for the first single from Grimmest Hits titled “Room Of Nightmares” which debuted first on SIRIUSXM Octane last week, directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich.

Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the
Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Track List

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2. Seasons Of Falter
3. The Betrayal
4. All That Once Shined
5. The Only Words
6. Room Of Nightmares
7. A Love Unreal
8. Disbelief
9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Societytraverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar / John DeServio – Bass / Dario Lorina – Guitar / Jeff Fabb – Drums
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STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT & TOSIN ABASI COME TOGETHER FOR GENERATION AXE – A NIGHT OF GUITARS

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The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.

 

Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve VaiZakk WyldeYngwie MalmsteenNuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.

 

“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.

 

The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam.  Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys.  Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).  

 

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia.  A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available.  For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com

 

 

About the Generation Axe Members

 

While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable.  Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.  He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business.  The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums.  He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.  For more info, visit:  www.vai.com

 

GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis.  With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow.  Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses.  But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.  For more info, visit:  www.zakkwylde.com

 

When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others.  Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016.  For more info, visit:  www.yngwiemalmsteen.com

 

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid 1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.  For more info, visit: www.nunobettencourt.com 

 

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders.  Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity.  His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.  For more info, visit:  www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders 

 

Generation Axe – A Night Of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.

 

For more information:  www.generationaxe.com

GENERATION AXE TOUR DATES

April 11, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

April 13, 2016 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

April 15, 2016 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre

April 16, 2016 – Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre

April 17, 2016 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

April 18, 2016 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

April 20, 2016 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

April 21, 2016 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

April 23, 2016 – Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College

April 24, 2016 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

April 25, 2016 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre

April 26, 2016 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre

April 27, 2016 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

April 29, 2016 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center

May 1, 2016 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre

May 2, 2016 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 4, 2016 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

May 5, 2016 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater

May 6, 2016 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury

May 7, 2016 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

May 8, 2016 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center

 

 

ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE BOOK OF SHADOWS II

ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE BOOK OF SHADOWS II ON APRIL 8, 2016

FIRST SOLO RELEASE IN 20 YEARS

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January 14, 2016 — Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.

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Epiphone Golden Gods Award After party

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Epiphone sure knows how to bring together a great night! The night after the Golden Gods award show, the Gibson bus was off with the Epiphone crew to Loaded in Hollywood along with RNR. Our own Senior Editor Angelica helped organize the event, and we hope to make the next one even greater, with more giveaways, performances and surprises for everyone.

Great bands performed throughout the night from: Filthy Nickels (a.k.a. Diamond Lane) who played under an alias that night, followed by an energetic set by Delta Rose. In between every set, Slammin’ J of Knon and Mr. Jim Rosenberg of Epiphone would take the stage and do a trivia game, the winners (pictured below on stage with them) would get some cool Epiphone gear! Angelica and Jessica from RNR even gave away some gear! Up next was Archer debuting their new album for the crowd, fans new and old were brought to a new level of energy. The crowd rushed the stage and began to mosh. After hearing their set it is apparent that this album is going to be a must have, these guys put so much detail in every song. Next to hit the stage was the IE locals One Hundred Proof and LA’s Behind the Fallen both of which did not disappoint, the energy of One Hundred Proof had the audience jumping to their beat, Behind the Fallen’s performance caught a different kind of attention as their lyrics combined with music had their fans dancing and jumping. It was a great night of music. One lucky attendee walked away with a beautiful Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Wylde guitar just for attending the show, donated by Epiphone! We hope you enjoyed the show, and if you didn’t attend, be sure to catch our next one! Meanwhile, enjoy these shots of the night provided by Enrique Nunez, and Ramon Ward.

Photos by Enrique Nunez

Photos by Ramon Cfpr Ward Jr.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE ALBUM ART, TRACK LIST & NEW SINGLE “My Dying Time”

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE ALBUM ART, TRACK LIST & NEW SINGLE “My Dying Time”

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” Available 4/8/14

 

(NEW YORK, NY) – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have released the album art, track listing and first single from their forthcoming LP due later this year. “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is available immediately for iTunes preorder and the brand new single “My Dying Time” is also available for purchase.

Fans who pre-order the iTunes version will get the “My Dying Time” immediately as an instant gratification download.

Zakk Wylde recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal show. Wylde also stopped by the Artie Lange show while in NYC to talk all things “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.”

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” will be released Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES HERE
PURCHASE THE SINGLE ON ITUNES HERE

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is the first all new LP from BLS since “The Order of the Black”was released in 2009, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Most recently, the band released  the 2-CD set Unblackened,” which found Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last year.

The band recently announced “An Evening With Zakk Wylde,” a 13-city Canadian tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album “Book of Shadows.

Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.

Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling “No More Tears,” for which Wylde wrote all the music.

In addition to holding Guitar World Magazine’s MVP four years straight Wylde has been bestowed with such accolades as “Best Rock Guitarist” from Guitar Player,  “Metal Guru” from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, “Golden God” by Metal Hammer, the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine. Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with.

Black Label Society continues to enthrall fans around the globe, and “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is another incredible piece in the band’s catalog.

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Black Label Society at Gigantour 2013

 

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Here is a sneak peak of Live shots taken of BLS by Igor Vidyashev

Be sure to get a copy of our next mag to see more pictures and full review!

 

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