Zakk Sabbath premiere a cover version of »The Wizard« from their blistering recreation of Black Sabbath’s debut album, titled »Vertigo«
Zakk Sabbath premiere a cover version of Black Sabbath classic »The Wizard« from their blistering recreation of Sabbath’s debut album, titled »Vertigo«, released today via Magnetic Eye Records.
With »Vertigo«, Zakk Wylde celebrates the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath.
01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Wasp / Behind The Wall Of Sleep / N.I.B.
04. Wicked World
05. A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning
Produced by Zakk Wylde.
Engineered by Josh Newell, Adam Klumpp and Blake Bunzel.
From Magnetic Eye Records:
On September 4th, 2020, Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age), will release their massive tribute to the Birmingham four, a faithful yet supercharged rendition of Black Sabbath’s first album.
Having been gigging as a fun homage to the godfathers of metal since 2014, the Zakk-led trio was looking for a new idea when the decision to go studio came about.
Says bassist Blasko: “We recorded a live EP and were wondering what we could do next as a cover band, so the 50th album anniversary came just at the right time,” he explains. “Compared to »Paranoid«, which is almost like a best-of record, the bulk of the material on »Black Sabbath« is deep-cut, really experimental stuff that was never thoroughly explored, so that was a challenge, not to forget that we wanted to meet our own high standards.”
Describing the DIY process as “very productive,” the three respectfully added their own flair to make for a slightly different flavor, also revisiting various live renditions and “extending a solo here or slowing things down there because that’s what they tended to do on stage.”
Titled »Vertigo«, Zakk Sabbath’s ode to the masters won’t be available digitally, “to make the release feel authentic to when vinyl ruled the earth. It was such a cool time for those of us that grew up during that time. The fan experience with the physical product is irreplaceable with digital and streaming. We wanted to capture that authenticity.”
Legendarily recorded in a single day in October 1969, Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut was released on a Friday the 13th in 1970, fifty years ago this year.
Zakk Sabbath’s versions were faithfully recorded in the spirit of the originals – live in the studio and with a film crew documenting the process – to celebrate the greatest heavy metal band of all time and the record that started it all.
• Digipak CD
• CD/DVD hardcover book with the album behind-the-scenes-interviews and making-of
• Limited edition colored vinyl
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well