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Black Label Society - Sonic Brew (2LP, Picture Disc, Repress, Special Edition)

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Sonic Brew is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Black Label Society, released on October 28, 1998 in Japan and May 4, 1999 in the US by Spitfire Records. Unlike the albums that followed, this album still possessed a distinct Southern rock overtone that up to this time had predominated Zakk Wylde's solo writing style. The album was initially released in Japan on October 28, 1998. It contained 13 tracks (lacking "Lost My Better Half" and "No More Tears"); the cover art was printed on clear plastic, with a separate paper booklet. The back cover was printed with golden ink, and the packaging was, overall, a lot higher quality than all later versions.

There was a long delay before it was released outside Japan, because the drums and vocals were buried on some of the tracks towards the end of the disc, so it was collectively decided to remix it for the US release. Due to the delay, Wylde and drummer Phil Ondich decided to give the USA an added bonus and went to the studio in California and recorded the aggressive "Lost My Better Half" as a one-off bonus track for the album - the recording of which reportedly prompted Wylde to pursue a heavier direction for the band's music thereafter. Sonic Brew was finally released on May 4, 1999 with a standard gloss-printed booklet. Early copies came packed with a free Zakk Wylde guitar pick.

Subsequently, the Johnnie Walker whisky company issued a cease and desist order to Wylde on the album cover, which had been designed to match, except for its wording, the distiller's graphic design for its bottles of Black Label Whisky. The band decided to reissue the album with a different album cover, this time merely the band's skull logo and as an added incentive, they wanted to record a further bonus track for the fans who wanted to buy this now-third version of the album. Wylde, Ondich, and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains (who alongside Wylde had helped write the original) recorded their cover of Ozzy's "No More Tears" accordingly.

"Bored to Tears, "Born to Lose" and "No More Tears" were released as promotional singles for the album, though no videos were made.

Release info

Label: eOne EOM-LP-46103
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Picture Disc, Repress, Special Edition, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 2019
Genre: Rock
Style: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Stoner Rock


A1 Bored To Tears
A2 The Rose Petalled Garden
A3 Hey You (Batch of Lies)
A4 Born To Lose
B5 Peddlers Of Death
B6 Mother Mary
B7 Beneath The Tree
B8 Low Down
C9 T.A.Z.
C10 Lost My Better Half
C11 Black Pearl
C12 World Of Trouble
D13 Spoke In The Wheel
D14 The Beginning... At Last
D15 Black Pearl (Bonus Track)
D16 Spoke In The Wheel (Bonus Track)

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