Black Label Society, "Order of the Black"

85 Billboard Rating

With the dust having settled around Zakk Wylde's unexpected departure from Ozzy Osbourne's band, better attention can be paid to "Order of the Black," the new album from Wylde's Black Label Society. The change in work status-plus a health battle with blood clots and quitting drinking-might have toppled other mortals, but this is a Revolver Golden God we're talking about. Although he acknowledges having "Darkest Days," where "just one moment of peace" he longs to know, Wylde's BLS machine sounds like it's had a massive tune-up. The group is ready to burn up a few more thousand miles of road on "Black Sunday," the groove-laden "Southern Dissolution" and the squealing "Parade of the Dead." Like Osbourne's song "Time" (from his latest set, "Scream"), Wylde also gives a nod to mortality on "Time Waits for No One," evidence that the mind meld between the two will never truly disappear.

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