Black Label Society Unveil 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' Cover and Track Listing, Stream First Single

"When I first heard this record, I started making out with myself in the mirror," Zakk Wylde says

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Black Label Society have unveiled full details of their upcoming record "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," presenting front cover and the official track listing.

The album's first single, "My Dying Time" is also available for streaming, make sure to check it out below. Fans point out at a certain dose of Alice in Chains vibe in this one. Would you agree?

Discussing the record with Rolling Stone, frontman Zakk Wylde stepped into the weird side a bit, jokingly saying, "When I heard this record, I looked at myself in the mirror and started making out with myself. [Laughs] It's that good."

But Zakk didn't stop there. "The second time I listened to it, not only did I make out with myself, I groped myself," he added. "It's that good."

On more of a serious note, Wylde commented: "Obviously, it's not a departure where we're making a jazz record. It's like when Sabbath or Zeppelin put out new records - it's just a batch of ass-kickin' Sabbath riffs or Zeppelin stuff. I tell people, 'It's kind of like the last eight records, except we have different titles on this one.' That's like any of the bands we love, whether it's Zeppelin or Sabbath or the Stones."

The album is scheduled for April 8 release, pre-order it now on iTunes.

"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" track listing:

01. Fields of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel of Mercy
05. Heart of Darkness
06. Beyond the Down
07. Scars
08. Damn the Flood
09. I've Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades of Gray12. Dark Side of the Sun (Bonus Track)13. The Nomad (Bonus Track)

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    I tell people, 'It's kind of like the last eight records, except we have different titles on this one.''re trying to be like ac/dc?
    Probably to a bigger extreme. He actually said in a previous interview that it would be completely the same. XD
    Yeah, AC/DC would probably be a better example. Stones', Sabbath's and especially Zeppelin's albums are definitely not just one album with different titles or numbers.
    I don't know. All his music sounds the same. Shitty riffs that seem to be re-used every other song. The he gets to his solo and it is the same every time "Look at me I know my Pena-tonic scales really really good". His voice is Al Jolson meets Ozzy Ozbourne.
    Awesome track, a pleasant surprise actually. And the stuff Zakk said is just pure win lol
    I watched Zakk on That Metal Show the other night and reminded myself of why I stopped listening to this band years ago. The guy is seriously the cartoon character of metal, and he's just not that interesting. Referring to Eddie Van Halen as "King Eddie" while throwing up double metal horns and sarcastically talking about how he's a Justin Bieber fan... I felt like I was watching a personified Ultimate-Guitar thread. His kids are named "Sabbath Page" and "Hendrix" and he referred to BLS' practice spot as "The Vatican." Give me a break dude haha
    The song is good, I have mixed feelings though. Hopefully other songs are gonna be more 'back to the roots'.
    I can see the AIC comments, but it reminds me more of the intro to "Tomorrow" from Ozzmosis with the BLS vibe added to it. Solid tune, love the artwork, can't wait for this album to drop.
    I wish Zakk had a comedy routine in BLS shows. That'd make the fans laugh their arses off
    Yet, Zakk still couldn't get a hold of himself. "The third time I listened to it, not only did I grope myself, I started wanking insanely fast, squirting all over my reflection, tongue kissing the mirror afterwards," he emphasised. "̶I̶̶t̶̶'̶̶s̶ [drools] I'm that good."