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Classic Album Review: Black Label Society | 1919*Eternal

The heavy metal Viking pitches a headbangers' ball on his fourth slab of solo brutality.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If Ozzy Osbourne’s latest metal inquisition didn’t satisfy your appetite for destruction, perhaps it’s time to try something a little more Wylde. As in Zakk Wylde, Ozzy’s longtime, off-and-on guitar foil.

When he isn’t bashing out Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads riffs behind the Iron Man, the prolific Zakk reworks them into songs for his own outfit, Black Label Society. 1919*Eternal, his fourth full-length slab of solo brutality, is pretty much what you’d expect from a guy like him: Primordially plodding metal sludge, psychotically frenzied solos, howling Ozzy-inspired vocals (though Zakk’s gruff voice is at least an octave lower than his boss), and titles like Battering Ram, Graveyard Disciples and Genocide Junkies. It might not make this heavy-metal Viking rich and famous enough to quit his day job, but it’s a headbangers’ ball just the same.