Don't get me wrong, Zakk Wylde has been a hero of mine since he first appeared on Ozzy's 'No Rest For The Wicked' album, through Pride & Glory, his solo 'Book of Shadows' and Black Label Society, but I really am starting to get a little bored of that same old riff and style.
Nothing really ever changes from one album to another with BLS. The songs all sound very similar and although the lightning quick lead breaks are great, again, it's just how quick can you play a pentatonic run. 'Blacked Out World', 'Give Yourself To Me' and 'Hell is High' have an identical format - intro, put the backing vocals for the chorus in, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, etc .... yawn!!
'Black Mass Reverends' and 'Concrete Jungle' are OK but nothing spectacular.
The only real stand out for me was 'Last Goodbye' only because it's something different from all the other albums.
No song on here is as heavy on here as the likes of 'All For You', 'Phoney Smiles ..' or anything from 'Sonic Brew', and the slower songs are boring and uneventful in comparison to anything on the 'Book of Shadows' album.
I really don't get why everyone seems to be raving this album - I really don't get it. If you want to see the two sides of Zakk Wylde, go get yourself 'The Book of Shadows' for the mellow stuff, and 'Sonic Brew' or 'Stronger Than Death' for the metal.
If you want to hear some truly inventive, mind blowingly fast guitar playing that doesn't get boring, check out John Petrucci of Dream Theater. If you love the heavy stuff, 'Train of Thought' is the album for you.