Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde opened up about the recording method of his band during a recent appearance on 95.5 KLOS’s New & Approved show.
Black Label Society’s latest album was their tenth one named ‘Grimmest Hits,’ released on January 19, 2018. The album was inspired by legendary bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, which worked out great for them as it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Music Charts.
Following their last record’s success, it was only a matter of time that the band released another album to fulfill their fans’ expectations. Fortunately, the BLS leader announced the thrilling news via a post on his official Instagram page and said that the new album named ‘Doom Crew Inc.’ will be released on November 26.
During a recent interview, Zakk Wylde cleared the air about the question he’s been receiving non-stop. According to his statement, fans always ask if there’s anything different with each album they are releasing. The answer is quite simple if you ask the rocker since his method of recording hardly changes over time.
Apparently, Wylde simply practices in his room until he comes up with a guitar riff he’s happy with for the past ten records. If nothing comes up, he leaves the work for tomorrow and hopes for a better outcome. All his bandmates have to do to complete the album is to build on the riffs, and everything is done.
In his own words, BLS lead singer said:
“People ask me, ‘Zakk, was there anything different about this album than any of the other ones?’ I tell them, ‘No.‘ It depends on what side of the bed you wake up that morning and what inspires you or whatever. Usually, when I’m working on a record, I’ll just write riffs. If I find out the guys are gonna be coming out in a month, I’ve got a month to write a record, I’ll just sit out there with a practice amp in my jam room.
I just put the reverb on it so it sounds like I’m in Madison Square Garden all by myself and I just start writing riffs until there’s something I’m happy with. You might hear something that you get inspired by and then you start writing it. So, that’s how I do it. If I don’t come up with anything today, I don’t sweat it. I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll go fishing again, and hopefully, I’ll catch something.”
Explaining the band’s recording process, Wylde said:
“The way we did this album, more so than any of the other records, everything you hear on that record I tracked before the guys even came out. I just played to a click track, no drums, no bass. I did all the guitars, doubled them, so when the guys came out, everything was ready to go… Jeff will just listen to the arrangement and then figure out what he wants to play. He goes in there and tracks the drums, gives it two or three shots, and he’s, like, ‘I’m done.’ And that’s it.”
You can watch the entire interview below.