By Dan Potter
The Imperial Vancouver
Monday, August 5
Led by legendary metal guitarist Zakk Wylde, best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, the Black Sabbath tribute lent their modern metal expertise to classic metal material in front of a sold out Vancouver crowd.
Tackling complex songs as a trio with Wylde handling both the guitar work and lead vocals was a technical feat. But it was hearing his signature low-tuned guitar and squealing pinch harmonics interwoven with tracks like “Into the Void” that sent the sweat-drenched audience into a complete frenzy.
The heavily endowed three-piece devoured the classic song “War Pigs” turning it into a cement-cracking juggernaut. By stretching out the instrumentals, the creative rhythm section gave Wylde the opportunity to ditch the stage and wade through the crowd all the way to the back of the alcohol soaked venue, giving thunderstruck fans a better look at his purple and black guitar as he played it behind the back of his head.
Celebrating the origins of metal with this passionate performance was a dream come true for the people gathered from all walks of metal life, making this hot summer night hard to forget.Imperial Vancouver, zak wylde