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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 2005

Label: Artemis Records

Catalog Number: ATM-CD-51610

Average Rating: 77 / 100 (2 ratings)

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Black Label Society Mafia Album Cover

Craig Nunenmacher Drums, Shaker
James Lomenzo Bass, Backing Vocals
Nick Catanese Guitar
Zakk Wylde Lead Vocals, Guitars, Talk Box

Barry Conley Synthesizer, Mini Moog, Piano
Eddie Mapp Mini Moog
1.  Fire It Up  5:01
2.  What's in You  3:02
3.  Suicide Messiah  5:49
4.  Forever Down  3:41
5.  In This River  3:29
6.  You Must Be Blind  3:07
7.  Death March  0:52
8.  Dr. Octavia  3:48
9.  Say What You Will  2:52
10.  Too Tough To Die  2:30
11.  Electric Hellfire  4:11
12.  Spread Your Wings  3:09
13.  Been a Long Time  2:47
14.  Dirt On the Grave  3:54
15.  I Never Dreamed  6:08
Total Running Time:  54:20

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From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2013 at 16:31
I think it was around this time, 2004-2005, that Zakk started becoming a parody of himself. Around the time of Stronger Than Death, he wa an unassailable figure in meetal, helping to keep the music alive in the days of Limp Bizkit and Crazy Town. But by the time Mafia was released, he was starting to becomee an object of ridicule, as his antics just didn't seem funny anymore, and he looked moreb and more like a soap-scorning caveman. Regardless, Mafia is still a good disc, picking up where The Blessed Hellride left off, Zakkk singing in his newfound Ozzy-voice pretty much full-time now. Mafia isn't as consistent, as there are a few weaker moments, but also some definite standouts, like the talkbox-infused "Fire It Up," "Forever Down," "Death March," first single "Suicide Messiah" (written about Scott Weiland) and "Say What You Will" (where Zakk actually sounds like Weiland). For maybe the first time ever, Zakk actuallly makes vocal harmonies work on the piano ballad "In This River," th

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2013 at 16:34
... the band's biggest hit to date, dedicated to the recently-murdered Dimebag Darrell. At the same time, though, other songs like "You Must Be Blind," "Too Tough To Die," "Electric Hellfire" and the near-miss "Been A Long Time" just seem repetitive and rushed. Unfortunately, this was a harbinger of things to come.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 2, 2015 at 16:26
I just listened to Blessed Hellride and Mafia back to back, and in that contedxt, it struck me how hard Zakk was trying to replicate the sound (and success) of the former on the latter. It's also a bit surprising how quickly and steeply Mafia drops off in quality toward the end. "Too Tough To Die" and "Electric Hellfire" are two of BLS's worst songs (up to that point anyway)--short, repetitive and uninspired with embarrassing lyrics that are all but meaningless. (These elements would make up the bulk of Shot To Hell.) "Spread Your Wings" is basically a rehash of "What's In You," and "Dirt On The Grave" is another bpiano ballad, this one with Zakk's hopelessly off-key Ozzy-on-steroids voice, rather than the appealing croon of Book Of Shadows. "Been A Long Time" is a good song that could have been great, but the decision to have the verses be without drums kills the momentum.

From: hair metal again Date: April 14, 2015 at 4:21
Totally agree with Doghouse Reilly in this one!good stuff

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2021 at 20:01
I remember hearing Zakk on Eddie Trunk's show when this album came out. Eddie had his hands full that night, because the Z-man was out of control, obviously drunk, rambling on aimlessly, and doing some really low-class "locker-room talk" about his wife on a nationwide broadcast.By the end of it, he was in tears over Dimebag Darrell, who'd just been killed three months before. Eddie was having real trouble even getting his attention. That was the moment that my view of Zakk really diminished. I began to see Zakk not as the guitar-slinging badass, but as a pathetic clown. Maybe he was both, and had been all along, and I just never saw it, but that side of him really began to dominate his public persoda around that time. "Stoned, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

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