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I'm a guilty Zakk hater! But people DO change!
on May 7, 2014
Okay, so over the years I've put down Zakk Wylde. I complained about that silly sound he makes with his guitar on almost every song. And has done so since his days with Ozzy. Due to a case of boredom, I listened to the samples off of "Catacombs" and couldn't believe that I liked the songs, just from those 20 or 30 seconds. While I was shopping at Target, I seen the album on sale for $7.50 and said, "What the hell." I've been listening to it, over and over, for 4 days now and absolutely LOVE this album. Even though I wish Zakk would knock off that "silly sound", I don't really pay attention to it much while I'm listening.
I have to laugh though at the comments here in Amazon. I'm 55 years old and have been listening to "Heavy" music since I was 12 and my sister turned me on to the first Sabbath album, and people NEVER change! They complain when an artist "Doesn't change and expand their horizons" and they complain when they do change things up and sound a bit different. I've heard it with almost every act.
Also, I've seen some complaints about Zakk's singing. Because I was so narrow minded about BLS, I never paid attention to his voice, but don't see where people can say that he can't sing. I like the way he actually changes his voice to accommodate the mood of the track. I actually like his voice....on the slower tracks I hear kind of a Gregg Allman meets Michael McDonald thing. And I mean that with all respect to Zakk, Gregg and Michael. On the heavy tracks, Zakk sounds like, well, like Zakk. I can't compare him to anyone really. Either way, this is an awesome record. I apologize for not really listening and judging on a whirring guitar note. Now I'm gonna have to go shopping and check out all of the BLS albums that I've turned my nose up over the years.