Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CD Review: Black Label Society, More Than A Thousand And Assassins Make It Worth The Wait

New from eOne Music are a couple of hard-hitting albums from More Than A Thousand and Assassins. Also, the long awaited return of Black Label Society with their brand new studio album "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican."

It's been five years since the last studio album from the metal band Black Label Society and frontman Zakk Wylde is ready to "get the band back together." On April 8th, Black Label Society will release their ninth studio album entitled, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" on the eOne Music label. The album gets its named from Wylde's home studio (The Black Vatican) to where he produced the new album himself.

The album begins with the one-two punch of "Fields Of Unforgiveness" and "My Dying Time" as Wylde's vocals never sounded better. The duel guitar attack of Wylde and newcomer Dario Lorina (Lizzy Borden) gives the songs some grit as they get pounded into your mind. Wylde throws in the power ballad "Angel Of Mercy," which showcases the growth of his songwriting, before bursting out with the heavy metal attack of "Heart of Darkness." The album finishes up with the Sabbath sounding "Empty Promises" and the gentle feel of "Shades Of Gray," which allows Wylde to once more show off his vocal talents.

Black Label Society will be hitting the road in mid-April to begin their U.S. tour in support of the new album. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican," please visit blacklabelsociety.com.

Portuguese metal band More Than A Thousand are continuing their story with "Vol. 5: Lost At Home" which was released on February 18th. The fourteen songs that make up the new album just come at you full throttle as the opening song, "Heist" looks to split your head open with it sharp metal hooks. They also look to conquer the mainstream hard rock market with the quick pulsating rhythm of "Lost At Home" and the guitar frenzy of "I Am The Anchor." The band's creative aggressiveness comes pouring out on "Dear Friend" as they keep the adrenaline pumping with "No Mercy For The Weak." The album finishes up with the band slowing down for the dark, moodiness of "Midnight Calls."

More Than A Thousand will be wrapping up their European tour this week and they are also scheduled to appear a this year's Nuerborn Open Air Festival in Germany in August. To find out more, please visit mtat.tumblr.com/.

We also get the latest album from American metal band Assassins entitled "War Of Aggression." They continue their rise to hardcore metal dominance with new great music like "The United," which finds them firing on all cylinders. They lock into a groove on the mainstream hardcore appeal of "Waking Up" and their metal tendacies pulsate through the tempo changes of "A Hidden Demon." The album finishes with blasting away your pain with the screams of "In God You Trust" and "Thy Kingdom Come."

Assassins are just wrapping up their U.S. tour as part of the "Die Without Hope Tour." To find out more about their new album "War Of Aggression," please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Assassinsband.

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