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Black Label Society
Skullage

Company: Eagle Records
Release: 2009
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Strutter

  • Stick to the live footage and cds



  • 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.



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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