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Black Label Society Release New Single, “My Dying Time”

If you play guitar then there is one man who stands out when talking about modern guitar playing, and that man is none other than former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, Zakk Wylde. Wylde fronts his own band, Black Label Society who have a large following, that they refer to as the “Black Label family.” Think about a  motor cycle club cross pollinated with the Kiss Army and that would be the “Black Label Family.”

Recently Wylde has been hunkered down in his home studio, The Black Vatican working on new music for the follow-up to 2010’s  Order  of The Black. Last week we got a first taste of this new music which will be released April 8th and be titled Catacombs of The Black Vatican. This new track is entitled “My Dying Time,” and let me tell you, it does not disappoint.

“My Time of Dying” starts with a very atmospheric type riff, and then a chugging guitar gets introduced. After this the rest of the band comes in and this track really takes off nicely. The vocals are very reminiscent of older Black Label Society Material, in fact they sound a lot like Wylde’s southern rock side project, Pride & Glory. The guitar playing in this song is spectacular, it is shredding, but is also melodic and most importantly fits the song well.

I can’t wait to see what Zakk and his crew have up their sleeves, but I’m sure of one thing, and that is that Black Label Society will put out a fantastic album.

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Rush Is Back With Prog Tour de Force “Headlong Flight”

Rush will be releasing their 20th studio album to eagerly waiting fans on June 12th . The album is going to be released on Roadrunner Records and was produced by the amazingly talented Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters/Stone Sour/Trivium). Yesterday (via rollingstone.com) Rush fans got to hear the first single from the album Clockwork Angels entitled “Headlong Flight” which is a  seven and a half minute prog rock opus.

When listening to “Headlong Flight” one will be very impressed with the musicianship and skill that went into making the song. You can also hear the tremendous production skills of Raskulinecz as the track weaves in and out of peaks and valleys. The song is a true journey that starts off with atmospheric noises that lead to a killer riff that is doubled by the bass. You can actually hear the bass in the mix which is one thing I really like about the song and Raskulinecz’s production style in general. Geddy Lee’s screeching vocals come in next. This is when you hear the traditional Rush sound that is so familiar to fans worldwide, yet this time it’s a little heavier and darker. At the 2:10 mark you get an interesting bluesy sounding break that is quickly comes to a close with the massive attack of Mr. Peart and Mr. Lee. The 4:20 mark comes next with an interesting vocal part that is followed by a quick drum solo this then then gets a heavy bass put over it. The final touch to this odd solo midsection is a guitar solo from Alex Lifeson. This is all followed by a giant chorus section, and an outro that leaves fans wanting more.

After listening to the seven and a half minutes of “Headlong Flight” I have to say that I will be excited to hear the rest of the album (which will feature the previously released “Caravan” and “BU2B”). Also fans should be prepared to expand the concept of the album with a book penned by Kevin J. Anderson. Be sure to check out “Headlong Flight” and the album when it is released.

-B. Harlow

Check Out the stream of “Headlong Flight” HERE

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