At the Fine Line Cafe, Minneapolis, MN, USA, September 26, 2017

Zakk Sabbath September 26, 2017 poster

Minneapolis, Minnesota, welcomed Zakk Wylde and his Zakk Sabbath bandmates to a sold out Fine Line Music Café (capacity 759) for a mid-week shred-fest. It was Black Sabbath without the doomy tones of Black Sabbath.

This is Black Sabbath filtered by Zakk Wylde. Wylde’s guitar has a fuzzy edge which blurred the space between individual notes usually heard on Black Sabbath recordings. The tone was also high on treble sounding like a woman screaming. The tempo seemed faster than usual. The combined result is a 90s Industrial Metal vibe.

However, Zakk Wylde was the man people came to hear. It was his show. The Black Sabbath tunes were just an excuse to shred and shred he did. Most songs on the 13 song hit list featured Wylde off-roading into the shred zone. He shredded on the stage, in the middle of the crowd on the main floor, and in the balcony in the reserved seats. The fans loved it!

Especially enjoyable was the absence of “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” from the set list. Kudos to Wylde for playing rarely heard classics like “A National Acrobat”, “Under The Sun”, and “Never Say Die”. Including these songs may be lost on more casual Black Sabbath fans but were highlights for the hardcore. Other highlights included “Lord Of This World”, “Into The Void”, and “Hand Of Doom”.

Recommended for fans of Wylde’s take no prisoner speed shredding and any Black Sabbath fan. After all, since Black Sabbath has reached the end, when would you see a set of their music played with this much passion and skill?


  1. Supernaut
  2. Snowblind
  3. A National Acrobat
  4. Children of the Grave
  5. Lord of This World
  6. Under the Sun
  7. Never Say Die
  8. Fairies Wear Boots
  9. Into the Void
  10. Hand of Doom
  11. Behind the Wall of Sleep
  12. N.I.B.
  13. War Pigs


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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