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Gilbert
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PostSubject: Black Label Society recommendations   Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:21 am

This is one of those bands that i have long ignored for no particular reason. Having only lived with Order of the Black in my collection, i finally blindly upgraded to 1919 eternal and The Blessed Hellride, both of which i have yet to hear.

Is this a good way to start? What would you recommend next?
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:34 am

1919 is my favorite by them, next i'd get Mafia and Catacombs of the Black Vatican.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:44 am

The two you picked up are really good.

I have five BLS CDs, I'd rank them something like this:

1. Blessed Hellride
T-2nd. 1919 Eternal
T-2nd. Stronger than Death
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4. Mafia (ok)

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5. Hangover Music (not good)
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:13 pm

I have their whole catalog and I think these are their five strongest albums:

1. Order Of The Black
2. The Blessed Hellride
3. Sonic Brew
4. Stronger Than Death
5. Mafia

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Gilbert
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:27 pm

Which of their albums would be deemed the most "straightforward heavy metal"?
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:06 am

My favorites are:

1919 Eternal
The Blessed Hellride
Order of the Black
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:48 am

Gilbert wrote:
Which of their albums would be deemed the most "straightforward heavy metal"?

Stronger Than Death, although Zakk always likes to pepper in some somber, ballad-types songs on every album.

I too have the whole BLS catalog and I like everything to a degree. For a first-timer, I'd probably avoid the stuff like Hangover Music or Unblackened. It's mostly acoustic and piano-based music. Also, when Zakk slows things down, his voice can sound like a cat with it's tail caught in a wringer.

1919 Eternal and The Blessed Hellride are good places to start though. They have a new one coming out in January, Grimmest Hits. which, despite sounding like another greatest hits package, is all new music.

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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:55 pm

Agreed about the ballads, which was a major fault of the otherwise classic Pride & Glory project. Zakk sure loves to get emotional haha.

On another note, I've tried but BLS just doesn't stick for me. While I can listen to any Zakk-Ozzy or P&G tune without getting sick of it (except for you, f*cking Mama I'm Coming Hoooooooooome), BLS just sorta goes in one ear and out the other. Still, I'll keep trying. Maybe it'll just hit me one day.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Label Society recommendations   Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:03 pm

As far as Zakk's ballad singing goes... I think he sounded great on the first Book of Shadows album and Hangover Music Vol. 1, but he did start to change his vocals to a weird "cat in heat" approach on the latter stuff.
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