Thanks to Mat Newton for the following review...
For those who are unaware who Black Label Society are, the band was founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde back in 1998. The band boasts a good history with eight studio albums, their latest, 'Order of the Black', released in August of this year. The album is a complete 13 song mixture of southern rock with heavy metal to make it an enjoyable listen, while not being too heavy or too soft, though it does slow down a bit for a few songs, which serves as a nice breaks from the fast pace of the rest of the album.
Order of the Black would likely appeal to fans of Ozzy, Metallica, Alice in Chains and similar bands, with similar down-tuned fast and chuggy riffs. 'Black Sunday' features some pretty sweet leads, and the main melody really gets stuck in one’s brain. 'Darkest Days', 'Time Waits For No One', 'January' and 'Shallow Grave' set themselves apart from the album, being immensely softer than the rest of this record. 'Chupacabra' is a 51 second Spanish-style acoustic solo which is an odd interlude, and completely unfitting to the rest of the album.
Regardless, Order of the Black would serve as a good album to get into metal with (for those after something a little heavier), and enjoy a few bourbons to (for the booze hounds). This edition of the album includes a bonus track titled "Bridge over Troubled Water", which is a cover of the famous Simon and Garfunkel song. Other editions include other bonus tracks.
Overall, this is a fun and energetic album of classic rocky metal glory. Slick production and awesome solos make the listen enjoyable, and will have your head banging in no time.
by Mat Newton