Guitarist Zakk Wylde has been a major player in the hard rock scene for decades, whether with Black Label Society or Ozzy Osbourne, with whom he contributed to five studio albums spanning 1988 to 2007.
Wylde has a “side gig,” if you will, called Zakk Sabbath, which is exactly what its name suggests. On Sept. 4, the band — Wylde on guitar and vocals, Blasko (Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) on bass and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age), will release Vertigo, a faithful recreation of Black Sabbath‘s groundbreaking 1970 debut record to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Here’s the group tackling the album’s title track, one of Sabbath’s most sinister recordings:
Said Wylde about the project in a statement, via Rolling Stone:
“If any of the guys in Black Sabbath get a gambling problem and go broke, then this band could actually give them more gambling money,” he says. “When Black Sabbath went out on ‘The End’ tour, they signed contracts with promoters that they’ll never tour again, so we devised Zakk Sabbath so we could eventually do, ‘Zakk Sabbath, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.’ Then we’ll do, ‘Zakk Sabbath featuring Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne.’ Then we’ll get Tony [Iommi] and Bill [Ward], and it will be ‘Zakk Sabbath featuring the original Black Sabbath,’ and they can go out and tour again, and we’ll be completely out of the band. That way everybody can still pay their light bills or support their gambling problem.”
In an intriguing twist, the Vertigo tribute record will not be available on streaming platforms:
ZAKK SABBATH’s “Vertigo” won’t be available digitally, “to make the release feel authentic to the time when vinyl ruled the earth. It was such a cool time for those of us that grew up during that time. The fan experience with the physical product is irreplaceable with digital and streaming. We wanted to capture that authenticity.”
Pre-orders for the physical formats of the album, a Digipak CD, CD/DVD hardcover book or limited-run yellow vinyl, are up now at this link.