BLS is a just like a doubled edged sword, because they go both ways. Don't get too excited, what I mean is, that they can mix it up musically. One minute they can be throwin it down heavy, and the next they can unplug the amps and go acoustic. One great thing about this band, is their versatility. Typically, with BLS, you get more of the heavy, than the mellow, so when they do an acoustic style project, then it is a pretty special deal. I've been a fan of Zakk Wylde's unplugged work, since Book of Shadows. I always hoped, he would bring that element into BLS, and he eventually did.
Unblackened is a new live release from Black Label Society, which features the majority of the set unplugged. The show was recorded at Club Nokia in LA, and was a night to remember. Unblackened features many of the acoustic songs has put out over the years, as well as some re-workings, of some of the bands heavier material unplugged.
The show is shot very well, which gives you a sense of being in the front row. On top of that, the band sound amazing. In a show like this, you really get a feel for how talented these guys are. Wylde sounds amazing vocally as well as on any instrument he touches. He sings with such emotion, that makes the listener hang on to every word. The band sound great as well, making this an essential release.
Bottom Line: Zakk and company putting on a stellar show, as usual. An intimate setting, for one of rock's most powerful bands. The band proves that they more than a one trick pony and can take it down a notch, if they need to.
-Ragman is hoping this show will tour. He would love to see BLS unplugged.