Black Label Society Doom trooping over North America tour made a stop in downtown Detroit Sunday night bringing fans from Canada and all across Michigan, and even bringing out former Detroit Red Wings Darren McCarty who was spotted in the crowd and let’s just say the Fillmore is still cleaning up after Zakk Wylde destroyed the place. On tour with BLS are special guests Prong and Obituary, setting the tone for one hell of a face melt kinda night.
Kicking off the shred fest heavy metal bangers Prong opened things up with “Test” off their 1994 album Cleansing. Original band member Tommy Victor (vocals) sounding better than ever delivered some high energy, energy that formed the mosh pit circle early and carried over well into the night.
The eight song set delivered high energy to say the least. “Beg To Differ” off their second album did just that, bringing those riffs we all know so well, only to increase the size of the mosh pit circle, Detroit know how to mosh by the way. Ending their set with two encore songs one being the most iconic Snap your fingers, snap your neck was stellar. Tommy made sure he got the crowd going while he and bass player Jason Christopher went back and forth with some crazy riff shreds. If this song does not get you going in any way shape or form you simply do not have a pulse and probably should stay home.
After a short pause death metal Florida icons known as Obituary hit the stage with a banger eleven track set that was crushed. Talk about a takeover for a opening song Redneck Stomp is just that laced with screaming guitar riffs, and mud stomping drums that make the heart skip a beat. Right about now the mosh pit circle was growing quickly taking up most of the main floor. A lesson in Vengeance topped of the first three and if your the kind of person who likes being punched in the gut or running face first into a brick wall then this song is for you, a total banger indeed.
That time of the night finally was upon us Black Label Society is finally back in Detroit and bringing their Doom Trooping Over North America tour hitting the stage at the historic Fillmore in downtown Detroit. The last time Black Label Society played in the Detroit area was 2015 at the Royal Oak Music Theater.
Ready to rock, guitar chords can be heard behind the huge Black Label Society banner the packed house screaming and waiting with anticipation finally the curtain drops with pyros of smoke shooting upwards loud roars can be heard Zakk Wylde was in the house. Starting of the fourteen song set with “Bleed for Me” off their 1919 Eternal album released in 2002. Zakk is just a total beast on this one when it comes to shredding his guitars giving his fans and us photographers one hell of incredible show.
Demise of Insanity is another ripper Zakk takes front and center on this one displaying some harder riffs and guitar solos that give you that goosebump feel, I checked I had them. Bassist John JD DeServio and Dario Lorina joined in on the fun throwing down some killer strings. Closing out the last of first three was “Overload” off their 2010 album Order Of The Black. If your like me and enjoy a good guitar solo you might want to add this track to your playlist. Hair flying, guitar solo, bass wailing, shred fest sum up this song to a tee.
The fans were definitely treated to over two decades of some ass kicking tracks the left everyone in attendance with a sore neck. Black Label Society to date has released ten studio albums, two live albums, two compilation albums, one EP, and three video albums. If you’re one of the lucky nine cities left on this tour I would advise you to get out and get your ticket before they are sold out.
The band will head across the pond starting on June 4 2022 in Gävle Sweden. Check out the band latest album Doom Crew Inc. set to be released on November 26, 2021. It was my first time seeing Zakk Wylde and I can say he his a true showmen with some of the best guitar playing you will ever see and hear. The entire band kicks some major ass. This is my first three review.