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Black Label Society Sonic Brew Critical Thinking

Black Label Society is unlike many bands because they have one of the best guitarists of all time and are considered one of the best hard rock bands as well. List of the best Black Label Society albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Black Label Society discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Black Label Society albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Black Label Society singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Black Label Society album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Black Label Society album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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Sonic Brew is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Black Label Society, released on October 28, 1998 in Japan and May 4, 1999 in the US by Spitfire Records. Unlike the albums that followed, this album still possessed a distinct Southern rock overtone that up to this time had predominated Zakk Wylde's solo writing style. The album was initially released in Japan on October 28, 1998. It contained 13 tracks (lacking "Lost My Better Half" and "No More Tears"); the cover art was printed on clear plastic, with a separate paper booklet. The back cover was printed with golden ink, and the packaging was, overall, a lot higher quality than all later versions.

There was a long delay before it was released outside Japan, because the drums and vocals were buried on some of the tracks towards the end of the disc, so it was collectively decided to remix it for the US release. Due to the delay, Wylde and drummer Phil Ondich decided to give the USA an added bonus and went to the studio in California and recorded the aggressive "Lost My Better Half" as a one-off bonus track for the album - the recording of which reportedly prompted Wylde to pursue a heavier direction for the band's music thereafter. Sonic Brew was finally released on May 4, 1999 with a standard gloss-printed booklet. Early copies came packed with a free Zakk Wylde guitar pick.

Subsequently, the Johnnie Walker whisky company issued a cease and desist order to Wylde on the album cover, which had been designed to match, except for its wording, the distiller's graphic design for its bottles of Black Label Whisky. The band decided to reissue the album with a different album cover, this time merely the band's skull logo and as an added incentive, they wanted to record a further bonus track for the fans who wanted to buy this now-third version of the album. Wylde, Ondich, and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains (who alongside Wylde had helped write the original) recorded their cover of Ozzy's "No More Tears" accordingly.

"Bored to Tears, "Born to Lose" and "No More Tears" were released as promotional singles for the album, though no videos were made.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Zakk Wylde except where noted.

1."Bored to Tears"4:28
2."The Rose Petalled Garden"4:55
3."Hey You (Batch of Lies)"3:53
4."Born to Lose"4:23
5."Peddlers of Death"4:33
6."Mother Mary"4:26
7."Beneath the Tree"4:09
8."Low Down"5:04
9."T.A.Z."1:56
10."Black Pearl"3:27
11."World of Trouble"5:20
12."Spoke in the Wheel"4:13
13."The Beginning... At Last"4:26
1."Bored to Tears"4:28
2."The Rose Petalled Garden"4:55
3."Hey You (Batch of Lies)"3:53
4."Born to Lose"4:23
5."Peddlers of Death"4:33
6."Mother Mary"4:26
7."Beneath the Tree"4:09
8."Low Down"5:04
9."T.A.Z."1:56
10."Lost My Better Half"4:24
11."Black Pearl"3:27
12."World of Trouble"5:20
13."Spoke in the Wheel"4:13
14."The Beginning... At Last"4:26
15."No More Tears" (Ozzy Osbourne, Wylde, Randy Castillo, Mike Inez, John Purdell)6:57

Notes

  • The song "Mother Mary" originated as an unreleased Pride & Glory demo, a live version of which was performed during Pride & Glory's set at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in 1994. The Black Label Society version is almost completely different both musically and lyrically but both do share the same basic chorus lyrics.
  • This version of song "Peddlers of Death" has a main riff similar to Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" from Master of Reality. The original version of the song was an acoustic bonus track Zakk Wylde's Book of Shadows album.

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