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Black Label Society is readying for the April 7 release of its ninth album, "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," named after frontman Zakk Wylde's home studio.
It's the group's first studio set since "The Order of the Black" in 2010 and follows the 2011 hodgepodge "The Song Remains Not the Same" and the unplugged-style live set "Unblackened," but Wylde tells us "Catacombs" brings the group back to full-scale, heavy-hitting form: "It`s the normal Black Label, the heavy stuff again, like how `Order` was or whatever else. It was easier this time. They`re rock songs; these aren't Mahavishnu Orchestra tunes with several parts and you've got to be tight. They're rock songs. It's that easy. There's no, like, four months of pre-production. If you're rolling with guys who know how to play their instruments, it takes two seconds."
"Catacombs" marks BLS's first album without founding guitarist Nick Cantanese, who's been replaced by former Lizzy Borden member Dario Lorina.
The group plans to tour following the album's release but has not announced any dates yet.
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