Black Label Society and the Black Dahlia Murder at the House of Blues – Boston, MA

Photos and Review by Jeff Palmucci

Galleries: Black Label Society, The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Label Society stopped by the House of Blues last Friday on their tour commemorating the 20 year anniversary of their first albon, Sonic Brew.

Openers The Black Dahlia Murder riled up the crowd with their brand of rapid fire death metal. Interesting opener for Zakk, because of the very different styles. The crowd was completely into it, with a circle pit starting up and continuing through most of the night.

While setting up for the BLS set, the crew put a big curtain in front of the stage as the band set up. When it dropped, revealing a huge Black Label Society logo, the crowd went wild.

They are touring on the back of their Grimmest Hits album, and are celebrating the anniversary of Sonic Brew, but the setlist wasn’t constrained to those. They played a ton of my favorites including Suicide Messiah and Fire It Up.

Midway through the set, Zakk and guitarist Dario Lorina cut through the crowd to the bridge above the floor in the back of the house, starting a shred-fest above the crowd.

Returning to the crowd, Zakk took a seat at the piano, and blew me away. This is the first time I’ve seen Black Label Society in concert, and I didn’t know he could play the keyboards in addition to his famous guitar. He was good, really good. Like concert pianist good. Pretty impressive.

They closed the show with Stillborn, one of my favorites and definitely not a mellow end to the night.

Black Label Society

The Black Dahlia Murder

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