Black Label Society will release their eleventh studio album, Doom Crew Inc., on November 26, 2021 via Entertainment One (eOne). Singer / founder Zakk Wylde and second guitarist Dario Lorina recently chatted with Guitar World about the album. Here is an excerpt from the interview.
Guitar World: Black Label Society, at least in the studio, has always been one man’s business when it comes to guitars. What made you decide to involve Dario in the recording process this time around?
Wylde: âHe’s an incredible player, and we can do even more together. When you have a real group of two guitarists like the Allman Brothers or Judas Priest, you can do these harmonies. And not just that – Dario can shred. So it’s like, ‘Why don’t you do a solo here?’ It’s like Night Ranger, where you have Jeff (Watson) and Brad (Gillis), and they’re doing harmonies together, but at the same time they’re both shredding all the records. This is where we are now. So having Dario in the band is great. That’s why I said we need to make sure Dario is on the cover of the magazine. Because it is everywhere. It’s not just me this time.
Guitar World: This back-and-forth is all over Doom Crew Inc., with you guys exchanging solos in a head-cut style. A good example would be on the first single, “Set You Free”. Were your parts played separately from each other, or did you improvise together?
Wylde: âFor a lot of solos, I actually wrote everything. The one from ‘Set You Free’, which was completely constructed, and it was recorded with just me solo. And I really dug the way it came out. But that was long enough where I just went, ‘Dario, you play that part, I’ll play that part and then at the end, we’ll do that pentatonic lick together.’ So we sent the track from the Vatican to her studio, the Dark Chapel (Lorina’s home studio in Las Vegas), and 10 minutes later Dario sent it back. And we were like “Slamming. Great. Do.”
Read the full interview here.
The 12-track album is both a tribute to the group’s tour team “first to bleed, last to go” and a tribute to the legion whose support, dating back to 1998, rivals that of the KISS Army. The stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly off-balance hard-rock metal quartet is part of an overwhelming horde and traveling carnival – invoking a caffeine-fueled cacophony on records and on stage.
The songs are odes to celebration and mourning, the soundtracks of jubilant evenings and confusing days recorded in Zakk’s home studio, the Black Vatican. On this album, Zakk trades solos and paired guitar parts with Dario Lorina, backed up by the growl of longtime bassist John “JD” DeServio, and mighty drummer Jeff Fabb.
“We brought Father Dario even more into the solos, doubling down with me and being more involved in it,” said frontman Zakk Wylde. âIt’s really, really a two-guitar album, more than ever. A twin guitar group, be it the Allman Brothers or Judas Priest, with harmony lines, unison lines and solos from It was coming out of the shows, where we would both go into the crowd and carry on songs like âFire It Upâ.
Doom Crew Inc .. Track Listing:
“Destroy & Conquer”
“You made me want to live”
“Eternity and a Day”
“End of days”
“Love reigns downstairs”
“Gospel of lies”
“Collect all my sins”
Video “The end of the days”:
Video “Free Yourself”: