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Zakk Sabbath - Vertigo Award winner

Zakk Sabbath
Vertigo
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 15 September 2020, 12:48 PM

ZAKK SABBATH is a side project of Zakk Wylde covering some classics of BLACK SABBATH. He wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary self-titled BLACK SABBATH album that came out in 1970. The name of the album is a homage of sorts to the Vertigo album label that gave a chance to BLACK SABBATH when nobody did.

First of all, you have had a lot of cover albums or compilations of BLACK SABBATH songs since 1994, starting with the ‘’Nativity in Black’’ cover album that was pretty outstanding. I think I wore out that CD, well I am pretty damn sure. You had another ‘’Nativity in Black’’ album back in 1999 also, less good but still had some pretty epic covers. I think it’s impossible to have somebody other than Zakk Wylde to cover BLACK SABBATH in a creative way. He is obviously the man to do it. There is no one that understands Ozzy as much as him on a musical and personal level.

The production is off the charts great. It’s like BLACK SABBATH back in 1970 with today’s technology. It sounds like a ton of bricks and it’s been more than a decade I haven’t heard an album sound this good. Everything is crisp and it adds so much style and substance to those old songs and it’s like reliving the experience you had the first time you heard BLACK SABBATH on vinyl when it first came out or even later nonetheless.

He doesn’t change much from the originals, his creative way of doing it is yet underrated, it blew my mind. It’s like rewinding back to 1970 and Zakk Wylde adding his unique voice and guitar style, it’s a fantastic experience. When you hear Zakk Wylde, you know it’s him, that doesn’t happen very often that you recognize a player but he is one of them. His drawl is his modus operandi, he has his specific voice and tone, his voice and guitar work are in complete synergy. His distorted elements and guitar work is bar none some of the best out there. He is one of the best guitar players out there and he has his own way of doing things. He channels Ozzy’s voice especially on the title track. It’s like having Ozzy there but with Zakk’s drawl, it was really awesome. Zakk really channeled his inner Ozzy on the vocal stylings yet keeping his specific tone.

One thing that is a very big draw on this album is obviously the last two songs, you rarely hear anyone covering those songs even though they were on this magnum opus. I don’t think they have had the love that they should have. They are longer songs but rarely we hear them anymore. I am glad Zakk Wylde covered the whole album and not a Best of persay. He offers his reinterpretations as best as he can but still really sticks to the originals. A real headbanger, a real classic re-imagined but not quite!

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Black Sabbath
2. The Wizard
3. Wasp Behind the Wall of Sleep N.I.B.
4. Wicked World
5. A Bit of Finger Sleeping Village Warning
Lineup:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals and Guitars
Blasko – Bassist
Joey Castillo - Drums
Record Label: eOne Music
     


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