It has been 20 years since heavy metal singer/guitarist/songwriter Zakk Wylde released his debut solo album "Book Of Shadows." At the time of this release, he was still a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band, but his solo album showcased a different side, a softer side to Wylde's songwriting. Now, after two more albums with Ozzy and 13 with his latest band Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde returns on April 8th with "Book Of Shadows II."
After two more decades in the music business, Wylde has become a smarter, healthier person, and his new music reflects this new awakening. The new fourteen-song release starts out with the Pearl Jam-like ballad "Autumn Changes" as you can really appreciate Wylde's warm, raw vocals on this new album. He strums an acoustic guitar for the laid back feel of "Tears Of December" as you can fully appreciate Wylde's tremendous songwriting as displayed in "Lay Me Down." The songs on this latest release are filled with emotions and grace as Zakk and his band hold the reigns of heavy metal back to let songs like "Darkest Hour" and "Useless Apologies" find their way into your heart. You can hear some of Zakk Wylde's early influences on "Yesterday's Tears" and "Harbors Of Pity," while "Sleeping Dogs" and "The King" have a bluesy vibe.
After recently wrapping up his appearance on the "Experience Hendrix" tour, Zakk Wylde will be joining fellow guitarists Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi on the "Generation Axe" tour, which runs from through April into May. To find out more about Zakk Wylde and his latest release "Book Of Shadows II," please visit zakkwylde.com.