Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society are No. 1 with ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’
At this point, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and current Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde doesn’t have many “firsts” left to concur, but he just earned a new one. For the first time, Wylde and Black Label Society landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart with their new studio album, “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” which sold 26,000 in its debut week of release. Black Label Society’s last album, “Order of the Black,” debuted at No. 2 on the chart, but it took this release to make it to No. 1.
The album’s title, “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” is a play on Wylde’s home studio, which is called the Black Vatican. Speaking with Audio Ink Radio, Wylde explained that since the band is called Black Label Society and Wylde is an Irish Catholic, it made sense to call his home studio the Black Vatican, and that idea helped craft the songs for the album. As for the album’s style, Wylde said it’s classic Black Label Society. “It’s a lot like our other records, because we’re Black Label Society, and this is how we sound,” he said.
The writing process for the album, Wylde said, started with him noodling on his guitar early in the morning, playing acoustic tunes and then fleshing out melodic ideas and riffs.
Black Label Society is currently on the road to promote “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.” To view the full tour roster, visit the band’s official website.
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