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Black Label Society

Sonic Brew

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1998

Label: Spitfire Records

Catalog Number: 004

Average Rating: 84 / 100 (4 ratings)

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Black Label Society Sonic Brew Album Cover Black Label Society Sonic Brew Album Cover

Phil Ondich Drums
Zakk Wylde Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano
Mike Inez Bass Track 15
1.  Bored To Tears  4:29
2.  The Rose Petaled Garden  4:55
3.  Hey You (Batch of Lies)  3:53
4.  Born To Lose  4:23
5.  Peddlers of Death  4:33
6.  Mother Mary  4:27
7.  Beneath the Tree  4:09
8.  Down  5:05
9.  T.A.Z.  1:56
10.  Lost My Better Half  4:24
11.  Black Pearl  3:28
12.  World of Trouble  5:20
13.  Spoke IN the Wheel  4:14
14.  The Beginning ... At Last  4:26
15.  No More Tears 1999 Bonus Track  6:57
Total Running Time:  66:39

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From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2013 at 15:35
In the age of rap-rck and nu-metal, Black Label Society were hailed as torchbearers of old-school metal. There's really nothing retro about BLS, though, and certainly not the '80's meetal some were expecting. Instead, BLS reahes no further back than Alice In Chains and '90's Corrosion of Conformity, combining the two into a thudding, churning steamroller of heaviness somewhat reminiscent of NOLA metal bands like Crowbar. On Sonic Brew, Zakk offers up crushing, downtuned riffs, a grinding and distractingly loud bass tone, and his own not-very-tuneful vocals (this is before he developed his whiny Ozzy impression). Highlights include 'BOred To Tears," "The Rose Petaled Garden," "Mother Mary," "Low Down," "World Of Trouble" and the mounrful ballad "Spoke In The Wheel." Also, there's a pulverizing, sludgy version of "No More Tears," a song Zakkk had written pre-Ozzy, and which is rendered almost unrecognizable as the title track to Ozzy's 1991 album.

From: hair metal again Date: April 3, 2015 at 13:22
superb hard rock release by BLS and their finest moment for sure!Zakk continues from the PRIDE&GLORY era with a bit heavier perspective ,but the whole vibe is hard rockin!the guitar work is outstanding and i d say that the songs are catchy ,as they should be!brilliant!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2020 at 17:39
As some may know, Sonic Brew was remixed (or "re-blended" as Zakk calls it, trading in his booze references for coffee, like every middle-aged badass) and re-released for its twentieth anniversary. The sound on the new version is only marginally cleaner than original, still with that bass sound that even Lemmy would have turned down a bit in mix. We're also offered an acoustic version of "Black Pearl" and, conversely, a full-band rendition of "Spoke In The Wheel," as bonus tracks.

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