The return of the world famous shredder has been one that we have all been waiting anxiously for. The artwork for the album was created by Wylde himself and long-time collaborator John Irwin (which can be seen below) and is finally being revealed today along with 14-song track listing.
“Sleeping Dogs” will also be available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will get the single immediately.
Zakk Wylde will release ‘Book Of Shadows II’ in UK/Europe/Australia/NZ on April 8th, 2016 via Spinefarm Records, his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s ‘Book of Shadows’ LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite.
The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of ‘Book of Shadows’ helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, ‘Book of Shadows II’, offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.
Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humour, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.
Keeping up with his road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful stint on the 2016 Axes and Anchors Cruise, Wylde wasted no time in announcing a run of European dates for May 25th through June 19th in support of ‘Book of Shadows II’. The tour – including headline shows & festival appearances – will see Wylde perform music from his extensive catalogue and vast spectrum of hits, with full band accompaniment.
Pre-order ‘Book Of Shadows II’ here. Catch Zakk Wylde on tour this June. Check out the live dates on the graphic below.
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