Did Zakk Wylde have enough material for a live Black Label Society album so early in its career. Well, yes if you include his Ozzy and Pride and Glory output with Black Label Society and no, if you just include his Black Label Society output.
“Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!! +5” was recorded on October 28, 2000, at The Troubadour in West Hollywood and released in January, 2001.
You get some rowdy yells of “Zakk”, “Zakk” and an air raid siren starts ringing.
Then the band crashes in with a trademark Zakk riff, downtuned, syncopated and loaded with pinch harmonics and single note melodic motifs. And Zakk sounds great live, his voice made up of an Ozzy influence and his brewtal lifestyle.
13 Years of Grief
I didn’t even know they went into this song as there was no stop/start in the performance. It was all fluid.
Stronger Than Death
Zakk was doing Pantera better than what Pantera was doing at this point in time.
These kind of titles make me laugh. “Killed By Death” from Motorhead is another title that falls in this category.
There is this break down riff towards the end (which is changed up a bit from the main intro riff), which is head banging material.
All for You
Great riffs in this song.
After the heavy intro, there is a brief pause and Zakk screams “Limp Bizkit sucks dick”, the crowd cheers and into the verse they go, which reminds me of “Bleed For Me” from “1919: Eternal” which came out a few years later.
And there is some fine shredding here in the solo. So press play to hear it.
Phoney Smiles & Fake Hellos
Yep I’ve come across some people in my life that sum up the song title.
Some more great riffage. It’s like Zakk took the best of “No More Tears” and just amalgamated it with Iommi/Dimebag and what you have is Black Label Society.
Lost My Better Half
Zakk is going down low here with a Drop A tuning: low to high – A,A,D,G,B,e.
Just think about it. The low E is not D or C# or B but A. God damn.
Bored to Tears
More Zakk riffs to play along to that won’t leave you bored but it’s sounding same same.
It’s the guitar solo moment of the gig.
Born to Booze
The intro riff on this is excellent. It deserves more attention.
World of Trouble
And without a breath or break, it moves straight into “World Of Trouble”.
No More Tears
He made it sound like a Pantera track.
The Beginning… at Last
And it’s more of the same, with another fast heavy rocker to finish the gig.
The next songs are all studio cuts. Zakk Wyle plays everything on these except the drums, which are handled by drummer Craig Nunenmacher.
Heart of Gold
A Neil Young cover done right.
The mighty Black Sabbath gets a Zakk cover. And I like it.
Like a Bird
Zakk can pen a great acoustic song. This one is classic Zakk. Almost”Blue On Black” and “Days Of The New” and “Changes” from Sabbath.
Blood In The Well
More of the same infectious acoustic rock.
The Beginning… at Last
An acoustic version of this heavy rocker. Think “Fade Away” from Pride And Glory but acoustics.
Overall, the the last five studio cuts are must saves for any Zakk fan and the live recording is a snapshot of a time when Zakk was doing Pantera and Corrosion Of Conformity better than those bands.
4 thoughts on “2001 – Part 5.7: Black Label Society – Alcohol Fueled Brewtality”
Great review. I have never gotten in to BLS or Wylde even. Not that I don’t like it, it just never moved me the way other guitarists do. I do want Pride & Glory though as that seems to be worth a purchase.
I never gave this one a lot of time, can’t say I recall much about it these days. I gravitated toward the third and fourth albums and I didn’t spend a lot of time with the stuff before those.
I came on board with the fourth album. Went forward with him and then went back.
I really like Pride and Glory and than checked out as I never got into the BLS stuff but good on him for doing stuff