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Sonic Brew [Bonus Track]

Album: Sonic Brew [Bonus Track]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bored to Tears
2)    Rose Petalled Garden, The
3)    Hey You (Batch of Lies)
4)    Born to Lose
5)    Peddlers of Death
6)    Mother Mary
7)    Beneath the Tree
8)    Low Down
9)    T.A.Z.
10)    Lost My Better Half
11)    Black Pearl
12)    World of Trouble
13)    Spoke in the Wheel
14)    Beginning... at Last, The
15)    No More Tears
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Zakk Wylde (vocals, guitar).
  • Audio Mixers: Howard Albert; Ron Albert; Zakk Wylde.
  • Around the late '90s/early 21st century, the traditional guitar solo in hard rock/heavy metal appeared to be a dying beast, as most bands were rejecting six-string leads in favor of focusing solely on detuned riffage (culminating a few years later with Metallica's sonic stinkbomb, St. Anger). But one early sign that the tide was changing was the arrival of the Zakk Wylde-led project Black Label Society, and their 1999 debut, Sonic Brew. Expectedly, the group is all about the almighty guitar -- loud 'n' proud riffs and solos abound -- while Wylde himself handles the vocal duties (and can alternate his voice between a more melodic Phil Anselmo on the heavier material, and a Southern rocker on the acoustic fare). The majority of the album's style is basically summed up with the opening track, "Bored to Tears," with a few detours along the way (such as acoustic guitar shredfest "T.A.Z.," and the Lynyrd Skynyrd-like ballad "Spoke in the Wheel"). With the arrival of Sonic Brew, a whole new era of guitarists practicing their speed and scales in their bedrooms would soon be ushered in. ~ Greg Prato
Professional Reviews
Q (9/99, p.117) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...the liveliness of the guitars ensures that Black Label Society don't fit too snugly into the stereotypical stoner pigeonhole, while the diversity...prevents the album from being too homogenous. A move in the right direction."
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