Zakk Wylde has been talking with Songfacts (via Blabbermouth) about all things Black Sabbath, Ozzy and Black Label Society. As Wylde notes, while he is a fan of Ronnie James Dio, doesn't consider the "Heaven & Hell" era line-up to be Black Sabbath:
"You listen to Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio in it, and it's not Black Sabbath. They should have just called it Heaven and Hell right from the beginning. Because you listen to that 'Heaven & Hell' album, that doesn't sound anything close to Black Sabbath. I mean, that sounds about as much like Black Sabbath as 'Blizzard Of Ozz' sounds like Black Sabbath. If you were to play Black Sabbath for me - and I'm a huge Sabbath freako - and then with Father Dio over there, I'd be going, 'Oh, cool, what band is this? This is good stuff.' I mean, the songs don't even sound Black Sabbath-y. I mean, 'Neon Knights,' could you picture Ozzy singing over that song?"
Wylde also notes that songwriting for him is an almost spiritual process:
"I don't think it's so much writing. I remember reading this thing on Robert Plant, and he goes, 'I don't think it's so much you write them - you receive them.' It's like God is the radio station that it's all coming from, and it's just a matter of tuning in until you hit His frequency. A lot of times I'll just sit in the morning, having a cup of java just chillin' out.
"If I sit at the piano or I sit at the acoustic guitar and I start writing something mellow, it's going to be what it's going to be. But if I sit behind an amp, between a Marshall, that always dictates what frame of mind I'm going to be in. If I sit down with an electric guitar what's going to come out are Sabbath/Zeppelin type riffs, but if I'm sitting behind a piano late at night, I might write something like 'Desperado.' You're not going to write 'Desperado' between a wall of Marshalls and thumping, crushing volume."