Guitar World has uploaded a three-minute clip of former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist and current BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde shredding through a bluesy chromatic lick in E minor. Check it out below.
Wylde will release “Book Of Shadows II” on April 8 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Zakk’s first solo release in 20 years is the highly anticipated follow-up to 1996’s “Book Of Shadows”, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. “Book Of Shadows II” was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via RollingStone.com.
Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on “Book Of Shadows II” were recorded and produced at Wylde’s home studio, The Black Vatican, where several of Wylde’s recent releases were made.
As fierce and diverse as his work in BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, “Book Of Shadows II” offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs”, “Tears Of December”, “Darkest Hour”, “Harbors Of Pity” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.
Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American guitar hero.
Keeping up with his road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful stint on the 2016 Axes & Anchors cruise, Wylde wasted no time in announcing his participation in the 2016 “Generation Axe” tour featuring Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.