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Sonic Brew (Spitfire)

By: Geoff Melton

When it comes to Zakk Wylde, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Along with being in the enviable slot as Ozzy's guitarist, he briefly filled in for Dickie Betts with The Allman Brothers, was at one time slotted to join Slash as a second guitarist in Guns 'n' Roses, released a Southern Rock-flavored album with his trio Pride and Glory and an excellent, largely acoustic solo disc Book of Shadows (both have just been reissued with bonus cuts by Spitfire). Now with drinking partner/drummer Phil Ondich in tow, and going by the name Black Label Society, Zakk is back with his hardest, heaviest, down and dirtiest release to date, Sonic Brew. Dynamically, Sonic Brew is a release that will keep you on your toes from start to finish as Zakk moves from blistering breakneck solos to delicate acoustic pieces and back, often within the same song. These constantly shifting tempos coupled with thick, fuzzed-out bass work, solid vocals and Zakk's creative song crafting results in another notch in Zakk's everchanging, always unpredictable belt.
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