Black Label Society
10/16/2009 - Review by: Kim Thore
It must be hard to live up to guitar legend status and influential musician 24/7 as is proven in Zakk Wylde's dvd "Skullage". Seeing Wylde in a dirty wife beater trying to work off 20 or 30 extra pounds, showing off his Barbie doll collection, or demonstrating that he likes to wear a dress every now and then, seems a bit beneath even someone as down and dirty as Wylde.
For the tried and true fan, the dvd is certainly spot on when it comes to showing Zakk live and performing acoustically, but the home movie quality of the dvd detracts and only a hardcore, "I don't care, I just want to see and hear anything from Zakk" disciple won't be disappointed.
For the fan who has followed Zakk's rise to stardom and is interested in what he has to say...be prepared...there's not that much. There are a few glimpses--his religious views are espoused as is his love for Dimebag and a view into their friendship, but what Wylde thinks is campy fun and self depreciation in the "Welcome to the Compound Feature" of the dvd just has you wincing. It's clear Zakk is not at ease in front of the camera and resorts to the absurd to fill the time.
If you want the absurd, Cirque De Soleil is probably still touring, if you want one of the best guitarists our generation has seen, stick to the live footage and cds.
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