Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

ZAKK WYLDE Book Of Shadows II

By Jay Roberts, Massachusetts Contributor
Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 8:36 AM


- advertisement -
ZAKK WYLDE
Book Of Shadows II

eOne Music




While Book Of Shadows II is supposed to show off the "softer side" of Zakk Wylde, I found myself sadly in the corner of "What the hell is going on here?"

I'm not ignorant of Wylde's slower more acoustic-slash-southern rock aspirations but despite enjoying the first song released from this album, "Sleeping Dogs", once I listened to the full album, I couldn't help but be very disappointed.

The first three tracks on the disc find Wylde's vocals being delivered in a kind of sleepy/monotone way. That kind of vocal performance may work wonders with the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY material, but on the relatively "quieter" music on this disc, it ended up sounding like a dragging dirge-like mess for me. While the guitar solos on "Tears Of December" and "Lay Me Down" were really good, they were the only parts of the first three tracks I enjoyed. The solo in "Darkest Hour" was also quite noteworthy, but sandwiched in a song I just couldn't get into otherwise.

There's an alternative version of "Sleeping Dogs" that features Corey Taylor, but it didn't really do much to change the overall feel of the song. As an aside, the lettering on both the lyrics (handwritten) and the track listing on the back of the packaging are very hard to read.

Guitar solos play a huge role in the material worth spotlighting in this review as well. "Sorrowed Regrets" which has a great vibe. The more forceful vocal presence from Wylde on "Yesterday's Tears" makes the song a highlight even with the slower pace. I loved the solo here. The simple and stark performance of "The King" creates a visual in my imagination, the electrically charged solo giving a perfectly cohesive change right in the middle of the song.

The pure stand out track is "Lost Prayer". The song has great tempo and is the first song in the track sequencing where Wylde sounds boldly engaged in the vocal performance. The solo in the song is killer.

I'm likely in the minority opinion about Book Of Shadows II, but while I found a number of tracks that engaged my musical sensibilities, I couldn't help feeling that the album could've been so much more than the final product turned out to be. Zakk Wylde's bonafides as a guitar player are unquestionable, but the vocal performance seemed at times as if it was mailed in and hurt the overall quality of the disc.

2.5 Out Of 5.0

Pick up a copy of Book Of Shadows II in the KNAC.COM More Store right HERE.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
TRIVIUM, AVATAR, LIGHT THE TORCH In Portland, OR Photo Gallery
DEVILDRIVER, JINJER In Cleveland, OH With Photos!
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY In Dublin, Ireland
CAULDRON New Gods
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In Ottawa, Canada
JUDAS PRIEST, KREATOR In Quito, Ecuador
CAL JAM '18 Photo Gallery
BLOODBATH The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn
STRIKER Play To Win
NIGHT RANGER "Dawn Of Madness" Show In Waukegan, IL
BUTCHER BABIES, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, SKARLETT RIOT, IGNEA, MAERTYRIUM, In Siegburg, Germany
HOUSE OF LORDS In New Bedford, MA
GRETA VAN FLEET Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
IMPELLITTERI The Nature Of The Beast
ALICE COOPER In Houston Photo Gallery
ICARUS WITCH Goodbye Cruel World
TARJA, STRATOVARIUS, SERPENTYNE In Cologne, Germany
CLUTCH, SEVENDUST, TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN In Portland, OR With Photos!
ACCEPT In Houston, TX With Photos!
U.D.O. Steelfactory
SKULL FIST Way Of The Road
SOULFLY Ritual
ANTHRAX State of Euphoria 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
FIFTH ANGEL The Third Secret
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In New Bedford, MA
ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror
PRIMAL FEAR Apocalypse
BEHEMOTH I Loved You At Your Darkest
DORO Forever Warriors, Forever United
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
BILLY MORRIS AND THE SUNSET STRIP Holdin’ All The Aces
VINCE NEIL In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
DEE SNIDER For The Love Of Metal
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, STRIKER, HELION PRIME In Houston, TX W/Photos!
DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again
SCORPIONS, QUEENSRYCHE In Tampa, FL With Photos!
HUMBLE PIE Live At The Ottawa CityFolk Festival
BEHEMOTH Album Listening Party In Los Angeles For I Loved You At Your Darkest
THE DEAD DAISIES, HOOKERS 'N BLOW In Ottawa, Canada With Photos!
DRAGONLORD Dominion
STONE BROKEN Ain't Always Easy
BRANT BJORK Mankind Woman
KORPIKLAANI Kulkija
BRAINSTORM Midnight Ghost
SLEAZY WAY OUT, INSUFFICIENT FUNDS In Ottawa, Canada
DEEP PURPLE, JUDAS PRIEST In Jacksonville, FL W/Photos!
HELLOWEEN In Worcester, MA With Photos!
RED TIGER Evolution





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News