LIVE: Black Label Society @ O2 Apollo, Manchester (22/02/2011)

Date: February 22nd, 2011
Venue: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Support: Godsized
Website: www.blacklabelsociety.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blacklabelsociety

Rating:

It’s not an easy task keeping a band going strong for over a decade, releasing several albums and still keeping on top of your game. Zakk Wylde fronting Black Label Society are one of few exceptions to this rule, and their most recent record ‘Order Of The Black’ has managed to revive the buzz and life back into the veteran quartet that recently seemed as if it were fading away.

Opening and only support act Godsized (**) are strongly welcomed by the crowd, especially for a band who are still in their infancy stages. ‘Bleed On The Inside’ and ‘Brothers In Arms’ are two of many songs in their set displaying the band’s undeniable guitar abilities within Glen Korner and Neil Fish. The only problem is the band seem a little restrained and limited with their performance, basically just coming on, playing their set and not making much effort to get the crowd involved with the experience.

Black Label Society (****) however are much more of an enjoyable act to witness live, when they eventually show themselves after a lengthy intro backtrack and the band’s logo veiling them until the moment they kick into opener ‘Crazy Horse’. Zakk Wylde‘s mastery on the guitar is entertaining enough, playing some of the most intricate and technical solos with precision and great execution. This couldn’t be more true of a statement during the band’s midset guitar solo sequence, with Zakk pulling out all the stops and wow-factor he can possibly muster on the fretboard.

Written by Zach Redrup