Zakk Sabbath’s Black Sabbath Tribute Album Enters the Global Charts Without Streaming


Zakk Sabbath, led by Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne shredder Zakk Wylde, has an unlikely hit on their hands. Released by the great label Magnetic Eye, known for sick bands, tons of stoner doom original releases, and tribute albums, Vertigo, is a tribute to Black Sabbath’s historic debut album which invented heavy metal  and doom metal and turned 50 in 2019. The album, released only in physical versions and without online streams still ranked worldwide on the charts, due to physical sales (Deluxe CD vinyl). The label issued a statement on the release in light of charting., which you can see below. Zakk Sabbath also includes legends of rock and metal such as bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queen Of The Stone Age, Bloodclot),

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Zakk Sabbath Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Zakk Sabbath has announced a few tour dates this summer. The Black Sabbath cover band led by Zakk Wylde can only play a few gigs this summer due to his extensive touring planned with Ozzy Osbourne. In addition to Wylde, Zack Sabbath includes in its ranks bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stoneage, Bloodclot).  Continue reading

Danzig – Black Laden Crown

The number seven has long been a recurring theme with Glenn Danzig. ‘777’, ‘7th House’, seven albums with numbered prefixes, and now in 2017 – seven years on from his last studio album to feature original material, and at the age of 61 (six plus one…? Okay, maybe that’s pushing things a little too far) it’s finally time for Black Laden Crown (AFM Records), the latest chapter in the Danzig story. Continue reading

Zakk Sabbath To Release Live In Detroit Album This June On Southern Lord Records

Zakk Sabbath, the supergroup featuring Black Label Society and ex-Ozzy Osborne guitarist Zakk Wylde has signed to Southern Lord Records for a new, limited edition album, Live In Detroit, due out June 16th. Details below: Continue reading

Zakk Sabbath Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath cover band featuring Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo, have just announced their first U.S. headlining tour ever. Continue reading

Bl’ast – Denim and Leather: Live at Star and Garter, Manchester, United Kingdom

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A beloved haven of British punk rock, the Star and Garter pub is rough and ready, but a great setting for an intimate performance from SST Records luminaries Bl’ast. Many will have felt the pull of guest rhythm section, namely former Queens Of The Stone Age men Joey Castillo and bass playing hellraiser Nick Oliveri, himself fresh off his second solo acoustic tour of the UK. Make no mistake about it, this is a set of high-octane punk from a much overlooked underground act that helped shape the face of American hardcore.

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Before the main event it’s time for Denim and Leather to warm up an already sweaty venue with their skinny frontman flailing across the stage. The group mainline Black Flag intensity with a few soiled Discharge riffs in an effective manner, warming things pleasantly for the headliners.

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Bl’ast are like a kick to the gut. The predominantly thirty plus audience really wake up to the raw intensity before them. Vocalist Clifford Dinsmore passes the mic around and Oliveri hammers out guttural basslines while Castillo is a hive of activity behind the kit. Focussing heavily upon their It’s In My Blood and Take The Manic Ride records, this may be an exercise in punk rock nostalgia but it cannot be denied that this old workhorse can still “go”.

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A frantic moshpit ensues at the front of the stage with Dinsmore gleefully egging the crowd on, with the punters hanging on his every word. Even members of Denim and Leather get in on the action hurling each other around amongst the audience. The venue may be an intimate one but it is barely able to contain the celebratory atmosphere within it.

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The punishing “Something Beyond” rides another grimy Oliveri bassline with Castillo beating his drums with such vigour he manages to dislodge a fan from the app above him. Without missing a beat he hurls the offending item into the audience who catch it and parade it around like a trophy before dumping it unceremoniously back on-stage.

 

 They may be greying, but this was still a righteous display of exuberance which belied their veteran status.

 

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WORDS BY ROSS BAKER

PHOTOS BY LUKE DENHAM PHOTOGRAPHY