Released by: eOne Music
Release Date: January 18th, 2018
Harvesters of Bezerker:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums
1. Trampled Down Below
2. Seasons Of Falter
3. The Betrayal
4. All That Once Shined
5. The Only Words
6. Room Of Nightmares
7. A Love Unreal
9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say
Hold up, folks!! Another contender for the top spot of 2018 has arrived!
I’m guessing Satan Claws found out I was really really bad this year and notified his second in command Nick Nack Zakk Attack. Upon notifying the Bezerker Cave, the rumbling of the ghost of SDMFs of past decided to incarnate and spawn what I am calling my 2018 Blessed Hellride – Black Label Society’s Grimmest Hits.
Grimmest Hits is an 11 track masterpiece of riffage, thunder, and words of wisdom. Black Label Society – it’s a place where musicians never leave the band – they merely transition to new musical adventures.
Right from the very first track Trampled Down Below, I am sucked into the vortex of all that is black and white and metal all over. Almost mystical in its opening bassline – this song makes you feel as if its bedtime in metal land and the SDMF story is about to begin. Trampled Down Below – in time you will know – how fucking awesome it is to hear real blazing guitar solos.
Everything about this album just makes me feel like its 2004 again – before we all grew up and tried adulting for a bit – only to find we need to get back where we belong.
Seasons Of Falter, a moody melodic tune, that’s as thick as soup. I found this album to be the most difficult to choose actual songs to highlight, as start to finish – Grimmest Hits is exactly what this starving SDMFer needed to kick off the new year. The Only Words slows it down a bit with my favorite weapon of mass music – the acoustic. This song has reflections of another ditty called In This River that Zakk wrote for a friend of his. Hints of Ullman Brothers encircle The Only Words has a warm welcoming tone that made me have it on repeat for days.
As I said I could write a review of every song (and if anyone wants one hit me up) and would if we all had time to read it during this busy season.
Room of Nightmares is the Suicide Messiah of 2018 – unapologetic, relentless and downright fucking heavy. Zakk’s hypnotizing voice leaves you helpless to follow the instructions of closing your eyes…and then seeing. Total schredfest through this entire album.
I’d be clever and say Zakk is back but – he never went anywhere.
Grimmest Hits is the best thing from my Doom Crew since Mafia and I cannot wait to hear a few of the ditties performed live. Masterpiece – start to finish!
Thanks, Zakk and Satan Claws – Ill try and do more evil next year. This album gets 9 – as in 333 Dime would agree!
Written by: Marianne “Den Mother” Jacobsen