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Black Label Society - The Blessed Hellride - Spitfire Records 2003 reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing
1.STONED AND DRUNK
2.DOOMSDAY JESUS
3.STILLBORN
4.SUFFERING OVERDUE
5.THE BLESSED HELLRIDE
6.FUNERAL BELL
7.FINAL SOLUTION
8.DESTRUCTION OVERDRIVE
9.WE LIVE NO MORE
10.DEAD MEADOW
Well another CD that I was anxiously awaiting to be released this year.

All of the pre-release hype I heard about this CD had me salivating like a rabid dog. I heard that it was supposed to be heavier and more brutal than the previous Black Label CD. When I popped the disc into my player, I was starting to agree with the hype, but as the CD progressed I realized that it wasn't quite as heavy as "1919 Eternal". However, I feel that it is just as good if not better.

Zakk just fucking wails on that guitar and there are enough pinched harmonics and bends to make Yngwie jealous. The drumming borders on blast beats at times and makes the CD that much better. If that wasn't enough, Ozzy Osbourne lends his vocals to at least one possibly two tracks. He is given credit on one track for sure, but there is another where it sounds like he is singing as well. If it isn't him then Zakk has gotten Ozzy's sound down pat.

The vocals are the only thing that some people might not like about this CD. A lot of people give Zakk a lot of shit and to all those people I say you get up there and play the guitar like Zakk, otherwise Fuck Off. This is a good CD and you should pick it up if you are a fan of Zakk Wylde or any hard rocking stuff.


--Chaoslord 7.7.03
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Hangover Music Vol. VIBlack Label Society
2004
Greg Watson4/30/2004
Kings Of DamnationBlack Label Society
2005
Ken Pierce10/27/2005
MafiaBlack Label Society
2005
Susan Wright6/25/2005
SkullageBlack Label Society
2009
Kim Thore10/16/2009
The Blessed HellrideBlack Label Society
2003
Greg Watson7/7/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
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