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More like 4.5 stars for this album,
This review is from: The Blessed Hellride (Audio CD)
...The album starts with "Stoned and Drunk", which is a great start to the album. It's a more uptempo song, and the title pretty much is a fitting description of everyone who rushed out to buy the album. It's a heavy riff as usual, along with a blindingly fast solo. It starts off with a little bit of chickin' pickin', which is executed incredibly well.
Following this is the are the songs "Doomsday Jesus" and "Stillborn". "Doomsday Jesus" is one of the heaviest on the album, and is packed full of Zakk Wylde's signature pinch harmonics. "Stillborn" is the first single, which features the godfather Ozzy himself on guest vocals. It's a decent track, and makes for a good single.Other highlights include the slow stomp of "Suffering Overdue", the detuned Sabbath-esque "Funeral Bell", and the incredibly impressive "Blackened Waters". This song sees Zakk Wylde going into ballad mode at first, but then pummeling the listener in true BLS fashion.
While it is nothing really new, "The Blessed Hellride" proves to be their best yet, by taking the songwriting from "1919 Eternal" and the production of "Stronger Than Death" and creating one of the first solid rock/metal albums of 2003...