Tonight I am serving up a another double shot of Black Label Society!
“Bleed for Me” is the opening track on ‘1919★Eternal’, the third album by Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for and dedicated to Zakk Wylde’s father, Jerome F. Wielandt, a World War II veteran who had participated in the events of D-Day at Omaha Beach as well as Normandy. He had died recently before the release of the album. The album artwork is based on German Nazi propaganda posters that used to recruit Dutchmen into the Schutzstaffel (SS).
Five songs on this release, written by Zakk Wylde were originally intended for Ozzy Osbourne’s 2001 album ‘Down to Earth’. However, Ozzy rejected the songs because according to him they sounded “too Black Label”, so Zakk recorded them instead. Those songs were “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, “Demise of Sanity”, an alternate piano version of “Bridge to Cross”, and a demo track called “I’ll Find the Way”. The latter two were never released. This album also featured Robert Trujillo, who of course is best known for his role as the current bass player for Metallica. He was also a member of Suicidal Tendencies, their funk metal side-project, Infectious Grooves, and he has recorded with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and been a member of Ozzy’s band.
“A Love Unreal”, is the new single from Black Label Society’s tenth full-length album, ‘Grimmest Hits’, which was released back in January. The band also released a new video for the track which was directed by long-time collaborator Justin Reich and depicts the album’s mascot, a hapless grim reaper, having a really bad day. First, our favorite scythe-wielding entity is flipped off by his neighbor. He’s then pulled over by the police on the way to his first landscaping job of the day, where a dog chases him and makes off with his arm (it’s a bone – get it?). Then the shenanigans continue when he finds a love interest at a local convenience store… And well, how does it all turn out? Check out the video above to see if the angel of death’s luck takes a turn for the better. (*The grim reaper character has been a funny ongoing theme in the past few videos for songs off the album)
Black Label is currently winding down a tour with Corrosion of Conformity and when that comes to and end, Zakk will be back with Ozzy as the Prince of Darkness embarks on his lengthy No More Tours 2 farewell trek beginning with the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Fla. in late April. And of course you can catch them on a date in Denver when they play the Pepsi Center on Rocktober 2. Get the details on the show and your tickets HERE before they sell out!