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Sonic Brew (1999)

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Format: CD
Sku: 210957509
UPC: 826992502229
UPC 14: 00826992502229
Release Date: 5/12/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fire It Up ~ Black Label Society
2. What's in You ~ Black Label Society
3. Suicide Messiah ~ Black Label Society
4. Forever Down ~ Black Label Society
5. In This River ~ Black Label Society
6. You Must Be Blind ~ Black Label Society
7. Death March ~ Black Label Society
8. Dr. Octavia ~ Black Label Society
9. Say What You Will ~ Black Label Society
10. Too Tough to Die ~ Black Label Society
11. Electric Hellfire ~ Black Label Society
12. Spread Your Wings ~ Black Label Society
13. Been a Long Time ~ Black Label Society
14. Dirt on The Grave ~ Black Label Society
15. I Never Dreamed ~ Black Label Society

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Zakk Wylde (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Howard Albert; Ron Albert; Zakk Wylde.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Howard Albert; Ron Albert; Zakk Wylde

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Prince Of Darkness
Muze Music Compilations Ozzfest 2001 The Second Millenium
Muze Music Compilations Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
Muze Music Compilations My Darkest Days
Muze Music Compilations Unusual Suspects(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Unusual Suspects
Muze Music Compilations Seeking Major Tom
Muze Music Compilations Guitar Heros Rock Legends
Muze Music Compilations Revolution Rise

Associated Artists and Works

Pride & Glory
Pride & Glory [PA] ~ Pride & Glory

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 25022
Music Label Name Label : Armoury Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00826992502229

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Black Label Society
Product attributeLabel:   Eagle Rock Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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