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Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride

 

The Blessed Hellride is the fourth studio album by Black Label Society, released April 22, 2003. It contains a mix of heavy (Stoned and Drunk, Stillborn) and lighter (The Blessed Hellride, Dead Meadow) tunes.

The second track “Doomsday Jesus” was featured on the soundtrack to the game MTX: Mototrax, but with altered lyrics.

The third track “Stillborn” is featured on the soundtrack of the game Guitar Hero: World Tour, Zakk Wylde was also a playable celebrity rockstar in that same game.

Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single “Stillborn,” though his name was not used to promote the track. He is credited inside the booklet, however, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records were not allowed to promote this song with Osbourne’s name – a sticker on the cover of the album said “featuring special guest star.”

The Japanese bonus track “F.U.N.” is a joke song, presumably recorded while Zakk and Craig Nunenmacher were horsing around in the studio. The song’s lyrics poke fun at the cheesiest of the 1980s hairband’s “party” lyrics.

A song called “No Other” was recorded, mixed, and mastered for this album, however, it remained unreleased until the next album, “Hangover Music Vol. VI.”

Track listing

“Stoned and Drunk” – 5:02
“Doomsday Jesus” – 3:30
“Stillborn” (Feat. Ozzy Osbourne) – 3:15
“Suffering Overdue” – 4:29
“The Blessed Hellride” – 4:32
“Funeral Bell” – 4:41
“Final Solution” – 4:04
“Destruction Overdrive” – 3:01
“Blackened Waters” – 3:56
“We Live No More” – 4:02
“Dead Meadow” – 4:30
“F.U.N.” (Japanese Bonus Track) – 2:58

 

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