Throughout the entire month of ‘Sabb’tember I will be serving up songs from significant releases by Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Black Label Society and others off of the Sabbath Family Tree!
“One More for the Road” is the opening track from Master of the Moon, the tenth and final studio album by the band Dio. It was released on Sanctuary Records, September 7, 2004 and was produced by Ronnie James Dio. The album marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who had performed on Dio’s (1987) Dream Evil album as well as 2000’s Magica. It also features Jeff Pilson on bass, best known for his work with Dokken, Simon Wright of AC/DC fame on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards. Scott whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with on the Monsters of Rock Cruise last year. That man’s got some killer rock n’ roll stories!) was a member of the groups Warrant, Keel, Berlin and Heaven & Hell. Today he is part of Dio Disciples, which includes surviving members of the final line-up of Dio, along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. He also plays in the band Hellion, alongside fellow Dio Disciples member Simon Wright. This song can also be found on 2012’s The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2. compilation.
“Concrete Jungle” kicks off Shot to Hell, the seventh studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. It was released September 12, 2006 and was the band’s first and only record to have been released by Roadrunner Records. According to Zakk, the band “just went in the studio and started knocking it out. That’s how you make records.” The cover art was originally of three nuns with shotguns (as seen in the advertisements handed out at Ozzfest 2006), but the artwork was deemed inappropriate and was changed to three nuns playing a game of pool. The version with shotguns was used as the cover of the Concrete Jungle single. This album drew the usual comparisons to bands such as Alice in Chains, Pantera, and Corrosion of Conformity. So if you like them, you will definitely like this album!