Children Of Bodom Announce Fall North American Tour
June 22, 2010
Children Of Bodom, featuring frontman and modern day guitar hero Alexi Laiho will join Zakk Wylde on tour this fall for the "Black Label Berzerkus." Headlined by Black Label Society, the extensive North American trek will also feature Clutch and 2Cents. Hand-picked by Wylde himself, Children Of Bodom and Clutch will share the main support slot. Kicking off on September 21st at Roseland in Portland, OR, the tour will make stops across the U.S. and Canada.
North American "Black Label Berzerkus" Tour:
09/21 - Portland, OR - Roseland
09/22 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
09/24 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton EXPO Centre Hall D Arena
09/25 - Regina, SK - Agribition Hall
09/26 - Calgary, AB - Big 4
09/28 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Convention Centre
09/30 - Omaha, NE - Anchor Inn
10/01 - Clive, IA - 7 Flags
10/02 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
10/03 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/05 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
10/08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Convention Hall
10/09 - Lewiston, ME - The Colisee
10/12 - Halifax, NS - Cunard Centre
10/14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10/15 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10/16 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy}
10/20 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10/22 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
10/23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
10/24 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
10/26 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
10/28 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
10/29 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete St. Amphitheater
10/30 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
10/31 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
11/02 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
11/03 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Center
11/05 - Grand Rapids, MI - DeltaPlex
11/07 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
11/09 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory
11/10 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
11/12 - Wichita, KS - Cotilion
11/13 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
11/14 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
11/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
11/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
11/20 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
BLS Reveal New Album Title, Release Date
May 6, 2010
Black Label Society's
brand new album is officially confirmed for an August 10th North American release date. 'Order Of The Black'
will feature Black Label
at its best with frontman/lead axeman Zakk Wylde's
signature guitar virtuosity and howling vocals, as well as a propulsive rhythm section, courtesy of bassist J.D. Deservio
and drummer Will Hunt
, along with a few surprises. Wylde
commented in jest, "The Doom Crew and I have been holed up in the Black Label Bunker for the last few months laying down some of the heaviest, sexiest tracks imaginable. We can't wait for Berserkers worldwide to hear the symphonic masterpiece that is the new BLS
record!"'Order Of The Black'
will be released in North America via E1 Music
In other news, Black Label Society
has just been confirmed to headline the second stage of 2010's Ozzfest
. This marks the band's sixth appearance on the explosive hard rock package tour. Please see below for tour dates. Following Ozzfest
will head out on its own worldwide headlining tour in support of 'Order Of The Black'
through 2011. Ozzfest 2010
8/14 - San Bernadino, CA - San Manuel Ampitheater
8/17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
8/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
8/22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
8/24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
For more information please visit:www.blacklabelsociety.com www.zakkwylde.com
April 5, 2010
Getting bits of unconfirmed but entirely believeable info is great, and the following blurb (which is sure to make some SDMF'ers cry foul) was sent in to us over the weekend...
"Nickelback's Chad Kroeger was recently spotted leaving the home studio of Zakk Wylde...the legendary guitarist and Black Label Society frontman has been holed up in the "Black Label Bunker" recording the new BLS album due out this summer."
I guess that's not as bad as Ozzy teaming up with the Jonas Brothers... but I don't see BLS devotees being entirely stoked about this either.
E1 Music Signs Black Label Society
January 10, 2010
E1 Music announces the addition of guitar icon Zakk Wylde's band, Black Label Society, to its rock and metal roster. The two album deal covers North America exclusively.
Wylde formed Black Label Society (BLS) in 1994 as a vehicle for his own artistic vision: uncompromising, unfiltered, no bullshit rock 'n' roll. The band quickly became a touring juggernaut and went on to release seven successful studio albums which have sold well over a million and a half albums total.
Wylde has been no stranger to success over the years. At only 19 years old, he was tapped to join Ozzy Osbourne's band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly twenty years. While under Osbourne's tutelage, he formed Black Label Society and in the decade since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever. SDMF for short, the Berserkers, along with Wylde have created a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll.
E1 Music VP of Metal Scott Givens comments on the deal, "Rarely does the opportunity come along to sign an artist as talented, influential and important as Zakk Wylde. I am thrilled to welcome him to the E1 Music Group. He is the future of our company and all of us are battle ready to go to the wall for him."
Zakk Wylde said about the pairing, "I've known Scott Givens since I first joined Ozzy, and we've always looked for an opportunity to work together...everything came together at E1. I cannot wait to bring new BLS Nationwide on E1!"
Black Label Society will release a new studio album in late summer 2010. The band will also embark on its annual Black Label Bash tour in the fall.
Suicide Silence Debut At #32 On Billboard Top 200
July 9, 2009
Today (Wednesday, July 8th) marks a monumental moment in extreme metal history as Suicide Silence
become one of the most extreme bands to ever debut in the Billboard Top 200
charts at such a high number entering at #32 with over 14,000 units sold.
This great success comes on the heels of the band’s frontman landing the cover of Revolver Magazine’s Sept. issue, which hits newsstands everywhere on July 21st. There will be two different versions available, so head over to this location
now to check them out. This also marks Century Media’s
second highest Billboard
debut entries of 2009.
There is little doubt in anyone’s minds that Suicide Silence
are one of the frontrunners of the current extreme metal scene and Mitch Lucker
(vocals) further comments: “Well, to wake up this morning and get the news of us debuting at #32 on the Billboard Top 200
charts is mind blowing. We are so proud of 'No Time To Bleed'
and feel that we made a definite statement with this effort. This is the culmination of years of relentless touring and hard work. We most of all want to thank you, the fans, for helping us achieve this amazing benchmark and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you supporting us.
“We are going to celebrate with all of you this summer on the ‘Pedal To The Metal
’ tour with Mudvayne
this summer, which will be the first American tour that we will be selling our new record. So come out and witness the new jams. We promise that it will be a night to remember.”
Look for the band on tour across North America all summer long as part of the massive “Pedal To The Metal
” tour performing alongside Mudvayne
, Black Label Society
and Bury Your Dead
. The trek kicks off on July 24th and concludes Sept. 9th, so be sure to visit www.myspace.com/suicidesilence
to view their complete itinerary.
(20 news stories listed.)
YEAR FORMED: 1998
Zakk Wylde (vocals/guitar)
Nick Catanese (guitar)
Robert Trujillo (bass)
Craig Nunemacher (drums)
Black Label Society have given you a taste of the old Sonic Brew, showed you they were Stronger Than Death and made themselves Eternal. Now, from the depths of the Rock 'n' Roll underworld, Zakk Wylde and his legion emerge to grab 'n' drag you to take The Blessed Hellride, their latest infernal rollercoaster ride filled with plenty of curves, sharp turns and steep plunges.Ringleader Zakk Wylde is certainly no stranger to the scene, and he carries a resume many a six-stringer would die for. At the age of fourteen, Zakk�s attention started to turn away from sports and towards the guitar. He took lessons from several instructors and eventually delved into the highly-disciplined world of classical music, as well as that of his favored rock and metal gods, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and AC/DC. After paying his dues in local bands, the New Jersey native was discovered by rock photo legend Mark Weiss and Dave Feld, who scored the young lad an audition with metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath fame. Zakk landed the gig and became the newest heir to rock's greatest guitar dynasty, preceded by maestros Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Brad Gillis and Tony Iommi. These were big shoes to fill, but Zakk met all songwriting and recording expectations, leading the charge through several multi-platinum Ozzy albums, including No Rest For The Wicked, No More Tears, the Grammy-winning Live And Loud and Ozzmosis. Like Ozzy, Zakk was quite the showman. No one could miss his spread-eagle playing position, long blonde locks, retro bell-bottomed pants and trademark bulls-eye guitar design. Zakk made his own mark by helping to beef up Ozzy's overall sound. His knack for fat, chunky riffs and liberal doses of string harmonics would carry through to his own projects, including the Skynyrd-meets-Metallica musings of Pride & Glory and the ultra-heavy Black Label Society. Amidst the carnage, Zakk has always shown an open mind for more subtle dynamics, from Ozzy ballads like "Mama, I'm Coming Home" to his acoustic solo project Book of Shadows to BLS material like "Spoke In The Wheel" (from Sonic Brew) and "Bridge To Cross" (from last year's 1919 Eternal). Given all this, it's no surprise Zakk has been embraced by music fans and musicians alike. The 2003 Guitar World Readers' Poll is proof of this, where Zakk emerged victorious as Most Valuable Player. In the same poll, 1919 Eternal nabbed the number-three spot in the "Best Metal Guitar Albums" category, and Zakk landed right behind Pantera buddy Dimebag Darrell in the "Best Metal" player slot. 1919 Eternal also made an impressive showing on the Billboard charts, debuting at #149 in the top 200, #6 on the Heatseeker charts and #7 on the Top Independent Albums list.On The Blessed Hellride, BLS continue to preach the gospel of "God, Family, Beer" via their trademark, slack-tuned guitar barrage, thunderous rhythm mechanics, raw-but-melodic vocal strains and gritty lyric arsenal. Zakk and Co. retain their heavyweight title as purveyors of everything down and dirty, from the inebriated anthem "Stoned And Drunk" to the brutal punch of "Doomsday Jesus" to the meaty shuffle of "Suffering Overdue" to the locomotive drive of the first single "Stillborn." As always, Black Label Society balance the aural assault with beautiful, poignant balladry such as "Blackened Waters," "The Blessed Hellride" and the melancholic, piano-driven "Dead Meadow." The results are amazing, considering everything was basically done in the studio with Zakk handling all vocal and bass duties, as well. The main man wastes no words in describing the basic setup.Says Zakk, "I don't have any fuckin' songs at all. We just go into the studio, and as soon as we get in there, I just start writing. After five or six weeks, something like that, from the beginning with no songs, it�s written, recorded, mixed and mastered.""I always write riffs while I'm sittin' around the house but, you know, when we get into the studio, everything just sounds ass-kickin.' So, it just inspires you in a way.""Once we start playing, I know what I want. I know what I'm hearing in my head and I start playing it. I enjoy the whole process of just having nothing and then all of a sudden�it's like building a house, you know? You�ve stuck in the foundation and, all of a sudden, it's just like the house starts coming together. I enjoy the whole thing - writing lyrics, writing melodies and going different places with some of the songs, as opposed to going 'I fuckin' did something like that on the last record,� or 'I did this with Ozzy back in whatever,' you know what I mean? I�m just tryin' to challenge myself, fuckin' outdo what I did last time." When asked whether the recording experience behind The Blessed Hellride was any different from past ones, Zakk said:"I think the alcohol bill might have been a little bit higher, that's about it. We all had a fuckin' ass-kickin' time while we�re makin' the album. We just made music that we like fuckin' listening to."