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Manchester Apollo, 22 February 2011
Godsized might be considered BLS-lite but on balance their brand of
riff-driven metal was impressive, at times evoking a much heavier Alter
tracks from their excellent EP released last year along with some new
material, it is easy to see how well they would go down at festivals,
and they played Download last year with no doubt more to come.
one nag about this band, the music is a little formulaic and a whole
album will be interesting when hopefully they'll introduce some light
and shade amongst the ridiculously hard riffing. A band to watch out
been a big Black Label Society fan although acknowledging Zakk
Wylde's guitar talent and his major contribution to Ozzy. But, as with
any band, you can always warm to the less familiar.
were a few irritating things about this gig.
most of all, the sound was poor. Always a bugbear of mine, there is
absolutely no reason why Wylde's distinctive vocals could not have been
more distinctive in the overall mix and, similarly - and shamefully -
his guitar lacked any detail. (Before you ask, it's not just my addled
ears either, hardened Beserkers muttered the same thing at the exits).
there was no encore just an abrupt ending for a gig lasting barely 90
minutes. Given that BLS are a rarity touring these shores - their
2007 tour was cancelled - hardly acceptable.
bizarrely, they only played four tracks off the excellent current album 'Order of
the Black' including the single 'Overlord', preferring to plunder back
catalogue, notably 2003's 'The Blessed Hellride” and 2005's 'Mafia'
which included 'In This River' now regularly included in the setlist and
dedicated to the late Dimebag.
aside what about the music? In spite of sterling support from long-time
henchmen John DeServio, Will Hunt and Nick Catanese, I realised tonight why I have only had
a passing interest in the band. It is very formulaic. I like a meaty
riff or two and Wylde serves these with garnish but for me the riffs
start to merge, a fact perhaps emphasised by that poor sound mix which
failed to reveal any subtleties.
It was only
towards the end of this too-short set that things lifted with the excellent
Concrete Jungle and Stillborn.
Ozzy, Wylde could gain new life and energy but the overall impression
left by this gig is an artist that, whether as a direct result of a
shoddy sound person or by design, has become a tad complacent.
1.The Beginning... At Last 2. Crazy Horse 3.What's in You 4.The Rose
Petalled Garden 5.Funeral Bell
6.Overlord 7.Parade of the Dead 8.Piano solo 9.In This River 10.Fire It
Up 11.Guitar Solo 12.Godspeed Hell Bound
13.The Blessed Hellride 14.Suicide Messiah 15.Concrete Jungle