Black Label Society
1919 Eternal


3.5
great

Review

by ViperAces USER (26 Reviews)
August 6th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent record, although the next one will definitely be their best.

After he was done with Ozzy Osbourne, and after releasing some unsuccessful albums (Pride & Glory, Book Of Shadows), Zakk Wylde, in collaboration with the drummer Phil Ondich, formed the band Black Label Society. Together with the guitarist Nick Catanese and the bassist John DeServio they released Black Label Society's first record, Sonic Brew ('99).
Stronger Than Death was the band's second album, being released just a year after the former. Steve Gibb replaced DeServio for the album, and Ondich was replaced by the drummer Craig Nunenmacher shortly after the record was released, thus creating a roughly stable line-up for the band for the next few years.

1919 Eternal was Black Label Society's third record. It is considered by most the bands first peak, and by some it's best record. It starts off with the great 'Bleed For Me', which really demonstrates the album perfectly - I dont think Zakk could have chose a better track to start with. Catchy and powerful, just like the album. The albums continues with the same attiude, showing some decent tracks like 'Life, Birth, Blood, Doom', 'Demise Of Sanity' and the emotional ballad 'Bridge To Cross'.
One of the things I love about this album is that it contains no real weak tracks. I can literally sit through the whole album without getting bored.
Zakk Wylde is easily the mind behind the group, having wrote all the songs in the album. He is showing his amazing guitar skills all throughout the album, as you can clearly see in the 1-minute long track 'Speedball'. His singing abilities may not be as good as his guitar's, but his voice is still pleasurable - and the band's sound certinly wouldnt be the same without it.
The band behind Zakk dosent offer any real quality, and instead just follow Zakk's lead, but Zakk's writing makes up for it, and the riffs are just good. Despite the band redneck Texas attiude, the lyrics are overall great, as opposed to what one would think. The production is bearable.

One other thing that I have just found out, was that 1919 Eternal was dedicated to Zakk's father, who died recently before the release of the album, and its telling us the story of him as a soldier in the war. The artwork is based on a nazi poster used to recruit Dutch.


1919 Eternal was released in March 5th, 2002. The record label is Spitfire and it is 60:08 minutes long.

Personnel:

Zakk Wylde – vocals, guitars, bass guitar
Robert Trujillo – bass (tracks 3, 4)
Craig Nunenmacher – drums
Christian Werr – drums (tracks 1, 3, 4)

Production:
Produced by Zakk Wylde
Associate producer – Eddie Mapp
Engineered by Eddie Mapp and Sam Storey, assisted by Lou Michaels and Kent Hitchcock
Editing by Kent Huffnagle
Mastered by Ron Boustead
Management – Bob Ringe (Survival Management)
A&R – Paul Bibeau, Tami Fukatami
Art concept – Zakk Wylde
Art direction and design – Zakk Wylde and Peter Tsakiris (Drunken Monkey Studios)
Illustrations – Adam Guyot (Eternal Art Tattoo, Canyon County, CA)
Photography – Maryanne Bilham



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
August 6th 2012


80846 Comments


boring band agreed

ViperAces
August 6th 2012


12571 Comments


Boring or boringly awsome?

Cipieron
August 6th 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loves me some Zakk





also Pride & Glory and Book of Shadows are amazing

KjSwantko
August 6th 2012


10212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is average-good as a whole, but "Life, Birth, Blood, Doom" and "Bleed For Me" are awesome and bumped this to a 4

iambandersnatch
August 6th 2012


1758 Comments


band is ok but has never done anything that amazing

ViperAces
August 6th 2012


12571 Comments


Stillborn is considered a classic among almost every metalhead.

iambandersnatch
August 6th 2012


1758 Comments


Really? I remember that song, it was pretty good, but classic?

ViperAces
August 7th 2012


12571 Comments


Only thanks to GH but yea now everyone know it.

ZedO
August 7th 2012


1096 Comments


metal

JViney
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band are alright but tend to do the same stuff again and again. This is probably their best record overall though.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sonic Brew for me, but this comes close. It's a solid metal record.

KILL
August 7th 2012


80846 Comments


is gay

Metalstyles
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so mean, KILL, so mean

KILL
August 7th 2012


80846 Comments


bobandy roads was the only true guitarist!!!!!!!!

ViperAces
August 7th 2012


12571 Comments


Ozzy Osbourne was never that good.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the band's better albums, and surely one of the best examples of zakk Wylde's talents as a songwriter and musician. 'Speedball' and 'Battering Ram' seem as if they are wasted on this album, but are nonetheless overshadowed by all the good songs.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the band's better albums, and surely one of the best examples of zakk Wylde's talents as a songwriter and musician. 'Speedball' and 'Battering Ram' seem as if they are wasted on this album, but are nonetheless overshadowed by all the good songs.

Moople
June 22nd 2013


228 Comments


rip dethtrasher

sapient
February 26th 2014


2407 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album rules

BigPleb
July 8th 2014


51461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dammit KILL, Bleed For Me riffs hard.



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