Sound — 10
How does Zakk Wylde improve perfection? With Order of the Black! This album wreaks of Black Label riffage, and solos, while avoiding stale. Aside from the shredding, there are a number of tracks which Zakk brings out his inner Elton John with wonderful piano licks, and ballads in songs such as "The Shallow Grave." Also, Mr.Wylde shows his flamenco techniques in a song called "Chupacabra." Yet amidst the softer material, the band didn't forget its metal roots. With songs such as "Crazy Horse," and "Parade of the Dead," they satisfy their vast metal audiance once again. This is a must have for Black Label fans, both old and new!
Lyrics — 9
The vocals are classic Black Label. As mentioned before, Zakk brings out his softer side in both music, and singing. The vocals seem a bit more melodic then previous efforts. Other then that, there aren't any really substantial differences in his singing, which in this case, is a plus.
Overall Impression — 9
The album was far from a let-down. While broadening their horizons, they still manage to write great metal riffs. I admit, I was skeptical at first (considering his back ground), but the new drummer really brings a lot to the table. You can really feel, and hear the dedication put into this album.