Black Label Society
Doom Crew Inc.


3.0
good

Review

by manosg STAFF
December 3rd, 2021 | 13 replies


Release Date: 11/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Enjoyable, yet heavily flawed.

Whether you like him or not, Zakk Wylde is among the last of a dying breed; a guitar hero, a remnant of metal's golden days. And whether you like it or not, he can still write better riffs, leads, and solos than the vast majority of metal guitarists out there. To be specific, he can discard in a day more quality solos than most guys can come up with in a month. However, he has very rarely managed to get everything together for an entire album and Doom Crew Inc., a tribute to the band's road crew, is a perfect example of that.

The first three tracks constitute a very promising start until the album's first ballad comes up and begins a run of nice yet extremely unspectacular cuts, which brings us to the album's main weakness; the abundance of filler material. To be specific, Doom Crew Inc. has three ballads which could have easily been limited to one, "Farewell Ballad", a song that has been around for 15 years. In addition, tracks like "End of Days", "Ruins", and "Gather All My Sins" could have easily been trimmed (or removed) as well, limiting the album's runtime to a more sensible duration.

On the other hand, Black Label Society's latest offering is pretty good, if you're looking for some groovy metal with a strong Black Sabbath vibe. In fact, if you enjoyed Grimmest Hits, chances are that you'll find a few merits here as well. What's more, the promotion of Dario Lorina to co-lead guitarist has resulted in some nice harmonies and solo tradeoffs like on "You Made Me Want to Live" or the solid "Forsaken". "Set You Free" featuring a beefy riff, "Destroy & Conquer" with its "Hole in the Sky" vibe, and "Gospel of Lies", a genuinely great song, are the album highlights, but even those have some extra fat.

So all in all, even though Doom Crew Inc. sounds like Black Label Society on auto-pilot, it's still enjoyable but I seriously doubt that it warrants repeated listens. Lastly, I can't help but wonder where does this band goes from here and how much has Zakk left in the tank.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh album, but has its moments.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


16250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Can’t imagine this being a very enjoyable reviewing experience; there’s a whole lot of…nothing to talk about. Props for getting the job done though - can’t help but agree this album is a perfect example of a “singular listening experience”.

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Aluktodolo
December 4th 2021


214 Comments


“To be specific, he can discard in a day more quality solos than most guys can come up with in a month”

I’ve always found his pseudo blues solo’ing incredibly boring. I think you’re vastly underestimating how many good players there are out there that would wipe the floor with him technically and compositionally.

rockarollacola
December 4th 2021


1243 Comments


Biker music

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Can’t imagine this being a very enjoyable reviewing experience"



haha, there's a grain of truth there. I actually liked this one a lot in the beginning, but my enjoyment decreased with each listen.



"I think you’re vastly underestimating how many good players there are out there that would wipe the floor with him technically and compositionally."

I definitely agree that there are a lot of better players out there in terms of technique and songwriting. But one of my main complaints with modern rock albums is that the solos are completely bland.

Pikazilla
December 4th 2021


20745 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was super average

Anthracks
December 4th 2021


7143 Comments


wylde's guitar playing is about as interesting as clapton's

Senetrix666
December 6th 2021


781 Comments


why is this guy a guitar hero? the only thing he did was be on ozzy's shit albums

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2021


17129 Comments


" he can still write better riffs, leads, and solos than the vast majority of metal guitarists out there "

That's a fact. You have to see him live to realize how good he is.

Pikazilla
December 7th 2021


20745 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I quite like order of the black

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2021


16250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

--You have to see him live to realize how good he is.--



He does tear the pentatonic scale a new pentatonic scale agreed.

Aluktodolo
December 7th 2021


214 Comments


“That's a fact. You have to see him live to realize how good he is.”

Again, there are plenty of extremely tight live guitarists out there, many of whom do it purely for fun. Of all the scales to milk for decades, he chose the one which had already been played to death, by far more inventive players beforehand.

Evok
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


8830 Comments


Good lord that album art looks like it came off a tshirt from a Wal Mart in Florida. Yikes

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