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Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (review)

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Posted June 10, 2016 by JJ Ulizio in CD Reviews

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (review)

 By JJ Ulizio

Zakk Wylde has progressively become a more and more of prominent figure through the first couple of decades in the 21st century; however his music has increasingly become more and more of the same old, same old.  When I discovered that he had released  a “sequel” to his original 1996 Book of Shadows album I was extremely excited. The original Book Of Shadows is an album that I still listen to on occasion to this day. But alas my hopes rose too high and were smashed to the ground, because this album is sadly not very impressive.

zakk-bookThe album begins with the track “Autumn Changes.” Oddly enough, it is reminiscent of something out of the Pearl Jam songwriting hand book. Not exactly a note by note rip-off or anything of that nature,  but it definitely, at least the intro and first verse, remind me of Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter” or “Black”. Before turning into the watered down southern rock that becomes the blueprint for the entire album. It flows along with Zakk’s low vocal tone with clean guitars with a guitar solo before rolling itself out for the second track.

The entire album follows the same cookie cutter pattern from Zakk, watered down southern rock tunes, organs, choir like choruses, and clean sounding guitar solos interspersed with the atypical Zakk speed solo in certain songs.

If you are interested in southern rock from Zakk then I must recommend the 1994 self-titled album from Pride and Glory. For more of the mellow music then I highly recommend the original Book of Shadows album or the 2004 Black Label Society album Hangover Music Vol. VI which is more of Book of Shadows II than Book of Shadows II is.

It’s not entirely bad. There are plenty of musicians who would kill to write an album like this; however I don’t see this lackluster effort going down in history as an amazing Zakk Wylde album.  Considering  where he is in his musicianship and career, I expected much more from him. The album is good for a listen, but forgettable past that.


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JJ Ulizio
JJ Ulizio

JJ has been a contributing writer and huge asset to Empire and Empire Extreme since the very begining. He is always digging for new bands and has a true heart and desire to see the bands grow and succeed.

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