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Just the other day, there was a small group of metal heads sitting down, pondering one simple question. "What if there were a rock band that immitated the "Beatles", but added a metal twist to it? Would that sound actually take off? Where would it lead them, and what the hell monstrous offspring would it inspire?" This question has been kicked about many times, but no real answer was found. Today, that small unformal discussion panel got a taste of just what that would sound like.
What the hell does that small story have to do with this review? Everything. Hangover Music Vol. VI is the latest album by "Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society", and it is definately one of those obscure releases that might slip through a metal maniacs radar. The two singles off the album, 'House Of Doom' and 'Damage Is Done' set the mood exactly with the album. The amazing riffwork on 'House Of Doom' portrays about one third of the faster songs on the album, and 'Damage Is Done' represents the other two thirds of the album, which are sort of slower songs.
Many of the songs are pretty depressing as well. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the fact is most of this album is a depression ride. But that doesn't matter. What matters is that the album is brilliant. The answer to the aforementioned question may somehow lie in here.
When you first put in the CD, you are greeted by the usual hard rock guitar riffs and head banging songs that many fans are accustomed to. But, soon after, starting with 'Queen Of Sorrow', you are greeted with various power ballad-esque songs that will make you want to hold you lighter up into the air. But that isn't all. Through the album, mixed with the few faster songs are tracks that will make you feel as though you are listening to a heavier White Album by the "Beatles" or a song inspired by "Elton John".
And the amazing guitar riffs are fluent through the album. Many of the songs might be slower, but many are also progressively heavier guitar-wise with amazing solos adorning the album. So, if you do not like either of the two mentioned above, you'll still love the album for the sheer guitar work and heavy bass sounds (which, in 'Crazy Or High' actually caused the stereo's speaker's to fall from the wall from the vibrations).
So, all in all, the album is amazing. From depressing songs that make you want to curl up and wheep, to the classic rock that "Zakk" himself is known to make, this album is definately worth your time. Not only does it give a brief example to the question many deeply educated music fans, and many musically knowledgable metal heads, have, but it also makes for an amazing release that is perfect for what it's title depicts. This album should definately be set in your radar, and picked up immediately.