BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Conan, The Atomic Bitchwax
735 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON, M4M 1H1
Doors 6:30 PM
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
Black Label Society
Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon,
bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his
Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does.
Charismatic beast and consummate showman, Wylde puts his massive heart and
earnest soul on display with unbridled, unchained, animalistic passion in Black
Label Society, whether it’s a crushingly heavy blues-rock barnstormer or a
piano-driven ode to a fallen brother. Each Black Label Society album is another
opportunity to top the one before it, but like AC/DC or The Rolling Stones, BLS isn’t
here to reinvent the wheel. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a brand we can trust.
Mighty missives like “Damn the Flood,” “In This River,” “Stillborn,” “My Dying Time,”
“Queen of Sorrow,” and “Blood is Thicker Than Water” have amassed millions of
downloads and streams. They are the soundtracks to sweat soaked revelry, jubilant
evenings that descend into bewildering mornings, and adrenaline fueled sports.
Grimmest Hits, the band’s tenth full-length studio album and follow-up to Billboard
Top 5 entries Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010),
Black Label Society submit new anthems like radio single “Room of Nightmares,” the
bluesy “Seasons of Falter,” and Southern-fried “The Day That Heaven Had Gone
Away” to the BLS faithful; 12 unstoppable tracks to add to that lifestyle soundtrack.
While members of esteemed rock and metal institutions like Alice In Chains,
Metallica, Type O Negative, Clutch, Danzig, and Megadeth have passed through the
band’s ranks, Black Label Society has consistently been defined by Wylde’s
unmistakable voice and signature guitar sound and the steady rumble of bassist
John DeServio. BLS is rounded out, in the studio and onstage, by guitarist Dario
Lorina (since 2013) and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb (since 2012).
This is as much a band as it is a symbol of strength, honor, commitment, and diehard
“society,” as evidenced by the legions of supporters who proudly donned the Black
Label Society colors years before motorcycle culture was back in fashion.
Black Label Society are vigilant keepers of the hard rock n’ roll flame, protecting its
sonic characteristics and vibe while engaging in reverent study of its chief
architects. Given that Wylde’s kids’ are named Hayley Rae, Jesse John Michael
(named after his Godfather, John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne), Hendrix Halen, and
Sabbath Page, it’s clear that he takes his study of rock n’ roll’s greats very seriously.
To many, Wylde is synonymous with pinch harmonics as much as Chuck Berry
dreamt up the duck walk. Zakk’s signature Les Paul Bullseye guitar hangs in the
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. His infamous leather bellbottoms hang in the Grammy
Museum. His handprints are on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame. He’s performed the
National Anthem at major sporting events. He wrote the 2013 Major League
Baseball theme for ESPN. He even momentarily joined Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff in
Guns N’ Roses. He is a playable character in the Guitar Hero games.
A lifelong disciple of Black Sabbath and the longest serving guitar-shredder for the
Ozzman himself, Wylde co-wrote modern Ozzy Osbourne classics like “No More
Tears,” “Mama I’m Coming Home,” “Road to Nowhere,” and “Miracle Man.” Together
with Ozzy bassist Blasko and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age),
Wylde pays faithful tribute to the forefathers of metal as frontman for Zakk Sabbath.
Before he graced the cover of every meaningful guitar magazine on the planet, Zakk
Wylde was a kid in New Jersey who picked up his instrument before he’d even hit
high school. He was still a teenager when he got his demo tape into Ozzy’s hands.
Together with the man he affectionately calls “the Boss” (and whose wife and
manager, Sharon, he calls “Mom”), Wylde was part of the biggest selling album of the
legendary Black Sabbath singer’s solo career, No More Tears, as well as the
double-platinum Ozzmosis, and earned a Grammy for the live recording of “I Don’t
Want to Change the World.”
One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society
traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires
audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to
join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.
Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours
all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.
Conan are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. A three piece, in the grand tradition of many amazing fabulous three pieces that hold a tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised chord changes and tempo-shifts of the holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan. They bear it well, for the task is immense.
Way back, in 2006, Conan formed as a two piece. The years dragged by, fellow warriors came and went, and now they are three – Jon Davis on guitar and vocals, Chris Fielding on bass and vocals and Rich Lewis on drums. Collectively their plans are clear: they seek nothing less than the crushing of a million skulls.
They have committed their filthy, ocean-sized sound to wax (and the slightly less cvlt compact disc) twice thus far- with more fetid output always on the horizon. First came the hulking mass of debut album Horseback Battle Hammer (Throne, Aurora Borealis), followed by a split with like-minded sludge-lords, Slomatics (Head of Crom, Burning World). In December 2011 Conan returned to the remote wilderness of Foel Studio, Wales and into the capable hands of producer Chris Fielding for their next album which is to be released on Burning World Records in Spring 2012.
Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of split blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering- a blasphemy to nature. Hail Conan!
The Atomic Bitchwax
The Atomic Bitchwax slowly evolved for fifteen years as a players band with the enduring vision to "play what you want". Their music is a combination of 60s psychedelic rock, and 70s riff rock filtered though the progressive rock influences of today. Since their first release in 1999 'The Atomic Bitchwax' on Tee Pee Records, they have toured every year in North America and Europe covering over 15 countries and continue to expand. In that time the band has released five more records including three full lengths. 'TAB-2, 3 and 4', two EPs 'Spit Blood', and 'Boxriff', which included a DVD live show filmed in Seattle's Sunset Tavern. Their music has also appeared in popular TV shows including 'Jackass', 'Home-wrecker' and 'Fox sports'. Latest work includes the 2011 release of 'The Local Fuzz', boasting one 42 minute track of over 50 riffs back to back. 2012 and 2013 brings the bands road show to Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the United States.
The original group was primarily a jam band playing local bars in N.J. and N.Y.C. but shortly after they formed, Chris joined the Metal/Doom band "Godspeed" (Atlantic)1993-96, and Ed joined up with Space Rockers "Monster Magnet" (A&M).1993-2010. This lineup released two full length records together "The Atomic Bitchwax S/T" in 1999, T.A.B."2" in 2000 on the N.Y. based "Tee-Pee" records, and the odds and ends EP "Spit Blood" in 2002 on the Albuquerque N.M. based "Meteor City" Label.
Around this time Chris started the side band "Black Nasa" releasing two fulll length records also on Teepee and Meteor City. Black Nasa "S/T" 2003 and "Deuce" in 2004. Similar in sound but with more focus on vocals and traditional song structure.
The Atomic Bitchwax was in a state of flux for about a year or two, By now, the very established Monster Magnet was touring and recording extensively leaving little time for T.A.B. to write a proper follow up record. This inevitably ends Eds tenure with the group in late 2004.
2005 -Enter guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan formerly of "Atlantic" recording artist "Core". Now with Finn on board the band focuses on writing and touring for about a year before entering Trax East Studios in South River N.J. to record their follow up, the aptly titled "TAB 3". The 2005 release is followed by two European and North American tours with a stop in Seattle Washington's "Sound House" to record the 2006 EP "Boxriff", engineered by Jack Endino which also included a DVD live show filmed in Seattle's Sunset Tavern.
2006- Unknown and personal reasons sees drummer Keith Ackerman leaving the band at the end of 2006.
2007-In an odd twist of fate, current Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella joins T.A.B. and more touring follows throughout the year ending with the recording and release of the 2008 "TAB 4" on Teepee and Meteor City.
The current lineups latest work includes the 2011 release of "The Local Fuzz" boasting one 42 minute track of over 50 riffs back to back. 2012 and 2013 brings the bands road show to Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and North America.Their music has also appeared in popular TV shows including "Jackass", "Home Wrecker" and "Fox Sports".
2013- Chris also joins Monster Magnet….
2014- The band is currently finishing their latest record "working title TAB 5" and will be touring Europe late summer 2014.
Chris and Bob will also be touring with Monster Magnet from late 2013 through summer 2014 in support of their latest record "Last Patrol".