Grimmest Hits is the tenth studio release from Black Label Society, the American Hard Rock band fronted by legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. Wylde has been extremely busy of late, touring extensively with his Black Sabbath tribute band, Zakk Sabbath, and launching a line of guitars and amps under the name Wylde Audio. It was also recently announced the Wylde would be rejoining Ozzy for his farewell tour. The title is somewhat deceptive, as Grimmest Hits is not a greatest hits compilation, but an entirely brand new record featuring 12 new tracks. The influence of Black Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne is undeniable in these songs. The mix is murky, and there is a rawness to it that could be an attempt to recreate the vibe of a Sabbath record, or it could be the mark of a hastily produced, under budgeted endeavor. It not for the trademark sequel of artificial harmonics and machine gun riffage Wylde is famous for, Grimmest Hits could easily be passed off as a collection of unreleased Sabbath material from the 70s. Fans of Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, and Zakk Wylde will enjoy this collection of new music, especially since BLS hasn’t released anything new since 2014.
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