Black Label Society - _Boozed, Broozed & Broken Boned_
(Eagle Vision Entertainment, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (9 out of 10)
It seems as though just about every band and their brother is trying to cash in on the latest corporate trend of music DVDs these days -- slapping a shoddily recorded concert onto a disc and touting it as the next step in the evolution of musical home entertainment seems to be one of the easiest ways in the world to make a quick buck. Truth be told, I was almost expecting the same out of the new Black Label Society DVD, particularly given the recent penchant for higher profile bands to put together half-hearted attempts at home video; but for once it seems that someone has actually paid attention to the cries of the consumer and released a package that does its heritage proud.

Aside from the main event, so to speak, on this DVD, the list of bonus features reads like a Black Label Society fan's veritable wet dream. For your hard-earned dosh, you get extensive interview footage, home video footage from Zakk Wylde's private collection that includes a hilarious clip of himself and his two year-old daughter Rae Rae performing a duet of sorts. Then there's additional life footage captured in 2003 in Tokyo, Zakk playing the American National Anthem at an LA Kings hockey game, as well as music videos and a guitar lesson.

The gig recorded at Harpo's in Detroit forms the meat of this release though, and what I found instantly appealing is the more live feel of the recording style, eschewing the annoying trend of slick production and film-school editing that in my opinion ruins both the atmosphere and purpose of such a DVD as this. And boy, can Zakk & Co put on a show -- "Bleed for Me", "Graveyard Disciples" and "Genocide Junkies" are blistering, proving that the live environment is perhaps the best way to savour the heartfelt delights that Wylde has to offer. With a rallying cry of "Limp Bizkit sucks cock", the aptly titled "Superterrorizer" is perhaps the highlight on an outstanding offering, and truly, even if your interest in the man isn't uber-fanatical, _Boozed, Broozed & Broken Boned_ is well worth a look.


(article published 21/9/2003)

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