The Blessed Hellride
The Blessed Hellride is the fourth studio album by Black Label Society. It contains a mix of heavy and lighter tunes; the second track "Doomsday Jesus" was featured on the soundtrack to the game MTX: Mototrax, but with altered lyrics. The third track "Stillborn" is featured on the soundtrack of the game Guitar Hero: World Tour, Zakk Wylde was a playable celebrity rockstar in that same game. Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single "Stillborn," though his name was not used to promote the track, he is credited inside the booklet, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records were not allowed to promote this song with Osbourne's name - a sticker on the cover of the album said "featuring special guest star." The Japanese bonus track "F. U. N." is a joke song recorded while Zakk and Craig Nunenmacher were horsing around in the studio. The song's lyrics poke fun at the cheesiest of the 1980s hairband's "party" lyrics. No one sucks that much."A song called "No Other" was recorded and mastered for this album, however, it remained unreleased until the next album, "Hangover Music Vol. VI."
All songs written by Zakk Wylde. "Stoned and Drunk" – 5:02 "Doomsday Jesus" – 3:30 "Stillborn" – 3:15 "Suffering Overdue" – 4:29 "The Blessed Hellride" – 4:32 "Funeral Bell" – 4:41 "Final Solution" – 4:04 "Destruction Overdrive" – 3:01 "Blackened Waters" – 3:56 "We Live No More" – 4:02 "Dead Meadow" – 4:30 "F. U. N." - 2:58 Zakk Wylde – vocals, bass guitar, piano Craig Nunenmacher – drumsProductionProduced by Zakk Wylde Associate producer and engineer – Eddie Mapp Assistant engineers – Christopher Rakestraw and Steve Crowder Mixed by Eddie Mapp and Zakk Wylde Mastered by Steve Marcussen Illustrations by Rob Arvizu Management – Bob Ringe Greg Pratt. "The Blessed Hellride review by Exclaim!". Exclaim!. Retrieved 28 January 2019
Nick Catanese is the former rhythm guitarist for Black Label Society. He supported lead player Zakk Wylde, who has commented that "If I'm Keith Richards, he's Mick Taylor". Nicknamed "The Evil Twin" for his capability to keep up with Zakk Wylde, Nick joined with him when he noticed Wylde's email address in a magazine, on a whim told Zakk that if he needed a guitar player to let him know. Zakk had been discussing with his wife about getting a second guitarist that day got back to Nick, the two met up and jammed and Nick joined Zakk on the Book of Shadows tour; when Zakk was looking to form a band in 1998, Nick recommended drummer Phil Ondich to Zakk, Sonic Brew was recorded, in 1999, John DeServio was added to the lineup on bass – Black Label Society was formed. Phil was replaced by Craig Nunenmacher, several bassists replaced JD until he returned to the band in October 2005. Nick left Black Label Society in December 2013. Nick Catanese appeared in the movie Rock Star in 2001. Catanese played guitarist Xander Cummins, of the fictional Steel Dragon tribute band Blood Pollution.
The film featured performances by musicians such as Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, Myles Kennedy, Brian Vander Ark, Blas Elias, Jeff Pilson and Ralph Saenz. He has credits on Black Label Society's concert DVDs, Boozed and Broken-Boned and The European Invasion – Doom Troopin. Nick plays Paul Reed Smith electric guitars, plays Gibson acoustic guitars live with Black Label Society. Nick played Washburn guitars, moved to Paul Reed Smith when his Washburn contract expired on January 7, 2009. PRS made him an'Evil Twin' signature model. Catanese formed the band Speed X with Mike Stone from Queensrÿche, Josh Sattler and drummer Mike Froedge, both from DoubleDrive in 2010, formed a with bassist Vinnie Salvatore and drummer Dusty Winterrowd. In January 2018, Nick plead guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children. During his time as an instructor at School of Rock Castle Shannon, he used Instagram to send a picture of his penis to a 14 year-old student and requested nude images from the girl.
Nick was sentenced to five years probation and must register as a Megan's Law offender for the next 25 years. Nick Catanese on IMDb Nick Catanese's official website Black Label Society's official website Musiciansfriend.com
John "JD" DeServio, is the current bass guitarist in Black Label Society, joining after the departure of James Lomenzo in 2005. DeServio was a member of Pride & Glory, Wylde's southern rock trio for a short time in December 1994, was Black Label Society's original bass guitarist, playing on the tour supporting their debut album, Sonic Brew, he performed on Michael Romeo's solo album War of the Worlds, Pt. 1 in 2018. He endorses Schecter bass guitars and GHS strings. DeServio has his own band called Cycle of Pain whose debut album was released in April 2009 on Reform Records. DeServio has been a resident of New Jersey. Official website Interview with JD DeServio... 6/01/2009
Zachary Phillip Wylde is an American musician, singer and occasional actor, best known as Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist and as the founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is recognized, he was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II. Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 14, 1967, he started playing the guitar at the age of 8, but didn't become serious about it until his first year in high school. At the age of 14 he worked at Silverton Music in the Silverton section of New Jersey. Wielandt grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985, he has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would play the guitar non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning sleeping through the school day.
Wylde played locally with his first band Stone Henge later with local Jersey band Zyris. He auditioned for lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was hired to replace Jake E. Lee, who replaced Brad Gillis, who had himself replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads. Rhoads remains Wylde's foremost stagecraft influence. Wylde gravitated toward a particular Les Paul guitar, which has become known as "The Grail". Wylde lost the guitar in 2000 after it fell from the back of a truck transporting equipment as he was travelling between gigs in Texas. Rewards were offered to anyone. Wylde and The Grail were reunited three years when a fan bought it at a Dallas pawn shop and saw the initials "Z. W." carved into the humbucker pickups backs. He contacted Wylde's former webmaster. Grateful, Wylde gave the fan his signature model in exchange. In 1995, Wylde auditioned for Guns N' Roses. Wylde was replaced in Osbourne's band by Joe Holmes from 1995 until his return in 2001. On January 17, 2006, Zakk Wylde was recognized at the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, featuring his handprints and signature, in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry.
The event was open to the public and many rock celebrities were present, including Ozzy Osbourne. For a time in the mid-2000s he contributed a monthly column entitled "Brew-tality" for a guitar magazine, discussing his techniques and equipment, as well as transcribing riffs and solo sections. After auditions in 2004/2005, Ozzy Osbourne announced Wylde as the official guitarist for his album, Black Rain, released in 2007. On stage with Osbourne, Wylde has been credited for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances. Black Label Society's album Shot To Hell, was released on September 11, 2006 in the UK, September 12, 2006 in the U. S. through Roadrunner records, with production by Michael Beinhorn. Black Label Society headlined the second stage at the 2006 Ozzfest, with Wylde playing double duty with Ozzy on certain dates, he joined Ozzy Osbourne for the Ozzy and Friends Tour in replacement of the Black Sabbath tour scheduled for the summer of 2012, playing a range of European dates including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.
Black Label Society released'The Song Remains Not the Same' on May 10, 2011 on E1. Wylde played a guitar solo on Black Veil Brides' cover of Kiss' "Unholy," on the 2011 EP Rebels. Since 2014, Wylde has led a Black Sabbath cover band called "Zakk Sabbath", with Wylde handling guitar and vocals, joined by Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass guitar and Joey Castillo on drums, who replaced original drummer John Tempesta. JP Gaster occupied the drummer's seat in between, in September 2017; the band tours intermittently, has released a single, three-track vinyl-only live 12" in 2016. Wylde, along with Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tosin Abasi, was featured on the Generation Axe tour in 2016, 2017 & 2018. On April 28, 2017 it was announced that Wylde will be rejoining Ozzy Osbourne's band for a 2017 summer tour. Wylde and his wife Barbaranne have four children: Hayley Rae, Sabbath Page, Jesse—who is godson to Ozzy Osbourne. Wylde was a close friend of Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and dedicated the song, "In This River" to Abbott's memory after his death.
He is a New York Yankees fan. As of 2011, he is in partnership with Blair's Sauces and Snacks to produce "Berserker" Hot Sauce and several variations. Wylde promotes Deathwish Coffee via his Instagram page, as they have used his name in marketing their line, "Odinforce Blend". In August 2009, Wylde was hospitalized due to blood clots. After his hospitalization, Wylde is now sober. Wylde is a Christian, describing himself as a "Soldier of Christ". Wylde is known for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars, equipped with EMG -81 and -85 active pickups, with a "bulls-eye" graphic on them, a design he used to differentiate himself visually from Randy Rhoads –, frequently identified by his cream Les Paul Custom, the guitar he has used since he was 12 years old; the "bulls-eye" paint job was supposed to look like the spiral from the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, but when it came back incorrect from the paint shop, he liked the result and decided to keep it. One of Wylde's favorite stage guitars is a GMW RR-V, a model, famously known as the "Polka-dot
Johnny Kelly is an American drummer, best known as the former drummer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative from Brooklyn, New York. He is the current drummer for the bands Silvertomb, A Pale Horse Named Death, Kill Devil Hill, Danzig, he joined Type O Negative in 1994 to replace Sal Abruscato. He had been the band's drum tech, he endorses Gretsch Drums, Sabian cymbals, Easton Ahead drumsticks and Evans drum heads. Contributing to his long music history, he lent his drumming skill to the song Blood and Flames from Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions. Kelly served as a fill-in drummer for heavy metal band Pist. On on an American tour while their drummer, Jeff McManus, dealt with chronic muscle pain. Kelly has been the drummer for Danzig for 15 years, recorded drums for the band's ninth album Deth Red Sabaoth, covers album Skeletons, shared drum duty on the band's latest album Black Laden Crown. Kelly is the drummer for heavy metal band Seventh Void with fellow Type O Negative member Kenny Hickey.
He plays drums in a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Earl's Court. On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Kelly would be replacing Will Hunt as the drummer for Black Label Society for the remainder of their European tour, he made his first live performance with the band that night at La Cigale in France. As of 2011, Kelly is the drummer for former Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato's new project, A Pale Horse Named Death. On January 29, 2018, it was announced on the band's website that A Pale Horse Named Death had recruited Tommy Spano of Corey Glover and Sekond Skyn as the new drummer, replacing Kelly. On April 5, 2018, it was announced. Kelly is touring with Seven Witches. On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Vinny Appice had left Kill Devil Hill, that Kelly was his replacement. Official Type O Negative website Official Seventh Void website Seventh Void MySpace Profile Official A Pale Horse Named Death website Interview from 2006 at GlobalDomination.se
Black Label Society
Black Label Society is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde. To date, the band has released ten studio albums, two live albums, two compilation albums, one EP, three video albums. In the early 1990s, Wylde had formed his own solo band Pride & Glory, playing a mixture of bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. However, they disbanded in December 1994 after having released only one album. Wylde subsequently recorded Book of Shadows. In May 1998, after limited commercial success with Book of Shadows and drummer Phil Ondich recorded what became Black Label Society's debut album Sonic Brew, it was decided, rather than the album being another solo album for Wylde, that they would form a long term band. It was known from the start that Nick Catanese would be retained as the second guitarist in the band. John DeServio, who worked with Wylde as a temporary replacement in Pride & Glory, joined as the band's bassist for the album's tour. Sonic Brew was released in Japan on October 28, 1998.
Due to delays in signing with a record label, the album was not released in the rest of the world until May 4, 1999. The band's second album Stronger Than Death followed in 2000, with DeServio being replaced by Steve Gibb. Craig Nunenmacher replaced Ondich in July 2000, with his debut recording with the band being the live album Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live +5; this was followed by 1919 Eternal,which was dedicated to Wylde's father and was released in 2002. Steve Gibb was temporarily replaced by Mike Inez during the Ozzfest 2001 tour, Robert Trujillo took over bass duties for the band the next year. In 2003, Trujillo joined Metallica, leaving the bass position in Black Label Society open, which left room for Inez to rejoin the band for a short two-week tour, supporting the band's album The Blessed Hellride. James LoMenzo joined the band in 2004 after the release of Hangover Music Vol. VI, the band's last release for Spitfire Records. On the first four studio albums, Wylde played every instrument, except for the drums, including vocals, guitars and bass guitar.
In 2005, after the band signed with Artemis Records, the album Mafia was released. In October, LoMenzo was replaced by the band's original bassist, John DeServio. In 2006, the band left Artemis Records and signed to Roadrunner Records, releasing the album Shot to Hell. In June 2007, Black Label Society parted ways with Roadrunner Records; as of July 2007, members of Black Label Society DeServio and Catanese both signaled the start of new bands as Zakk Wylde toured with Ozzy Osbourne. DeServio's band, Cycle of Pain, has been shopping to major labels and is believed to have inked a deal. Catanese's band, Speed X, includes Mike Stone from Queensrÿche and is recording. However, according to DeServio at a guitar clinic/autograph signing in Huntington, NY, Black Label Society was set to begin recording a new album in the fall of 2008, though this never happened. Drummer Craig Nunenmacher left the band in February 2010, was replaced by Will Hunt. Hunt’s first live performance with the band would be on July 24, 2010 at the first edition of the High Voltage Festival in London.
On August 10, 2010, Order Of their 8th studio album, was released. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2011 the band toured in support of their new album; the Black Label Berzerkus tour started in Portland, with Children of Bodom and Clutch sharing the main support slot and 2cents opening. In March 2011, Will Hunt left the band to record with Evanescence, Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly filled in for him for the rest of the tour, however in May 2011, Mike Froedge of doubleDrive and Catanese's band Speed X joined the band. Black Label Society released The Song Remains Not the Same, on May 3 via Entertainment One Music; the offering features unplugged versions of material from their latest album, Order of the Black, as well as additional material recorded during the Order of the Black sessions. The Song Remains Not the Same was conceived and compiled by Zakk Wylde and the title is a nod to one of Wylde's favorite bands, Led Zeppelin. On September 14, 2011, in a hand-written letter, Zakk Wylde thanked Mike Froedge for his time behind the drums with the band, introduced Breaking Benjamin's Chad Szeliga as the band's new drummer.
An interview with ESPN revealed an acoustic DVD entitled "Unblackened" was in the works for 2012. The album was recorded during the Unblackened show, at Club Nokia on March 6, 2013; the album was scheduled to be released on September 2013, as announced by Zakk. On May 3, 2013, it was announced that Black Label Society would be included in the year's installment of Gigantour, along with Megadeth, David Draiman's new band Device, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbot's band Hellyeah, Jason Newsted's own band Newsted, upstart band Death Division In August 2013, after Unblackened single's released through iTunes, Zakk stated that he would begin writing a new studio album, it would be scheduled for a 2014 release. On October 28, they debuted a new music video: a cover of Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine", it was reported on December 2013 that Nick Catanese had amicably parted from the band. On January 1, 2014, Wylde announced via Facebook that Lizzy Borden guitarist Dario Lorina would be replacing Nick Catanese as rhythm guitarist.
Lorina made his live debut with the band on April 16th in Seattle. On January 13, it was announced that Black Label Society will be playing the main stage of Download Festival on the Friday at
Brian Tichy, is an American musician and record producer, best known as having been the drummer for Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Sass Jordan, Ozzy Osbourne. He was the drummer of Whitesnake from 2010 to 2013. Tichy began playing drums at age eight and started playing guitar at age 12, his earliest influences include Kiss with Peter Criss as his main influence, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden with Nicko McBrain, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen. His surname means silent in Slovak. In 2015, he became a full-time member of Operation: The Dead Daisies. Since attending Berklee College of Music from 1986 until 1990, Tichy has toured/recorded with a multitude of artists including Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Velvet Revolver, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Slash's Snakepit, China Rain and most The Dead Daisies. While Tichy has toured and recorded with others playing drums, he has fronted his own band, Ball, in which he sings and plays guitar. Due to the demise of his record label, Ball’s American Aggression CD never was formally released.
Ball did manage to release a CD, The Grand Human Disaster Scenario in May 1999. This CD contains what were the demos that led to the record deal with Time Bomb at the end of 1999, his increasing role as co-songwriter with Billy Idol that started at the end of 2003 limited his time to focus on Ball. The Idol/Tichy writing partnership sparked the recording of Billy Idol's first CD since 1993. Devil's Playground was contained 8 Idol/Tichy tracks; the CD was released in March 2005 and they toured for the remainder of the year. While writing in 2006 for a follow up Idol CD, Tichy and Idol recorded a Christmas album; this was done on their own, in Idol and Tichy's rehearsal studio with Tichy performing drums and bass, as well as engineering and co-producing. Happy Holidays by Idol was released in November 2006 in Europe. Tichy joined Foreigner in 1998 and remained until 2000, he rejoined in 2007 substituting for Jason Bonham. He returned from 2008 until 2010, recording the album Can't Slow Down, he returned for one show in summer 2011, substituting for Mark Schulman, who had lost his father.
Tichy rejoined Foreigner for the month of August 2012 for live performances, replacing the departed Schulman once again. Tichy filled in for Seether drummer John Humphrey in April 2007, toured with Foreigner through spring of 2009, completed a multi-year involvement with Billy Idol, he has written music for television and film, recorded with European female metal singer Marya Roxx. On September 25, 2010, Tichy organized and played in the drummer tribute "Bonzo, The Groove Remains the Same", celebrating the 25th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. In 2011, Tichy formed S. U. N. as guitarist, with vocalist Sass Jordan, bassist Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Stewart. In 2014, Tichy joined ` Lynch', featuring Michael Sweet, George Lynch and James Lomenzo. Tichy was announced as the new drummer for Whitesnake on June 18, 2010. Tichy quit Whitesnake on January 4, 2013 to focus on S. U. N. Tichy became a speed bag enthusiast while on tour with Foreigner and got with some of the best speed baggers around to learn and increase his own skills.
During the 2009–10 tour with Foreigner, Tichy hung several speed bag wall units inside the bands equipment truck and created the infamous "Speed Bag Truck", hosting area speed bag enthusiasts from various areas when the band played in their town. Some of the best speed bag talent in the U. S. joined Tichy in the truck before concerts. Soon after, he began promoting his own punching skills via his YouTube videos for both physical fitness, as a musical instrument, he always planned to incorporate the speed bag into his drumkit, first unveiled during his appearance on "That Metal Show" on VH-1 classic, in April 2012, using a UBS1 freestanding floor frame from Balazboxing. This is the first known inclusion of a speed bag by a professional drummer as a rhythm instrument in a major public appearance and is an important date in speed bag history. With Something Unto Nothing2013With Dead Daisies2014 2016: Make Some NoiseWith Billy Idol2005: Devil's Playground 2006: Live Billy Idol DVD – TBD 2006: Happy Holidays Billy Idol Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Tichy and Idol.
Allinstruments performed by Tichy except keys by Derek Sherinian 2008: The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself Touring drummer since 2001.