Guitar icon Zakk Wylde has announced, Book of Shadows II, his first solo album in 20 years, will be released on April 8 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). This highly anticipated follow up to Wylde’s 1996 Book of Shadows LP, was recently named as one of the Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016 via Rollingstone.com.
Wylde began working on new material after Black Label Society’s Unblackened spring tour ended last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. No stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, Wylde previously released two BLS albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011, which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.
Wylde will also participate at the NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars, known as Wylde Audio, will be on full display in Room 210-D and he will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday January 22.
ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) performing only Black Sabbath songs, will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim on Saturday January 23rd.