Black Label Society - _Stronger Than Death_
(Spitfire Records, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
I cannot say for sure which I like more: Zakk Wyldes's music or his attitude. I've been singing this fuckin' album to, from, and at work for weeks, especially "Phony Smiles, Fake Hellos". I think this song was written about people like I deal with every day. Can you say idiots? Dead on, Brother Zakk! That's one of the best features of _Stronger Than Death_: I think it speaks to -everyone-. I know that most of you have run across those morons who act like The Undertaker at a high school wrestling meet, except they haven't the capacity but to just put one foot in front of the other let alone wrestle competitively. You know, the belligerent wannabe pricks... Mr. Wylde has a song on _STD_ that speaks to those of us that have to put up with these types, if not in school then on the roads, malls, or restaurants. He calls it "13 Years of Grief". Excellent track. Of course, all the things that you would expect from this guitar proficient proprietor are present on the album. I'm thinking Rick Rozz's style crossed with everything you'd want from Crowbar. What am I talkin' about? Most of you own _No Rest for the Wicked_, so you have -some- idea what I am taking about. For a clearer picture of BLS's sound, down a bottle of Jack Daniels (Texas fifth, of course) and run the Boston Marathon. Once you've crossed the finish line, immediately wring out your Gang Green t-shirt into a glass and drink it. Ha! The liquid equivalent off BLS. After hearing _Stronger Than Death_, you'll be pouring yourself a glass of this ample alcohol alacrity daily. Salute!


(article published 12/8/2000)

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