"Godspeed Hellbound" is next: it’s one of the songs he’s doing live at the moment. Once again, a typical BLS song, with the addition of double bass drumming making it especially heavy in the intro before it opens up to a strong groove that is, again very reminiscent of Black Sabbath. The band proceeds to drive the riff into your skull for four and a half minutes. "War of Heaven" starts with a slower riff that sounds kind of Slayer-esque to me, in that it’s very discordant. From there it’s a slower, riff- based song. You guess which early heavy metal band it sounds like. "Shallow Grave" is the next ballad, complete with strings. I am told that Zakk had been telling people that he’s influenced by Elton John. Listening to this, I think he wasn’t joking. "Chupactra" is a super fast solo piece on nylon string, reminiscent in that way of Van Halen’s "Spanish Fly." If I could play half as fast as that, I’d be happy, but I have to say that it’s a fun listen once or twice, but not especially musical. "Riders of the Damned" has us back in classic BLS territory, before "January" takes us to the only guitar based ballad on the CD. "Can’t Find My Way Home" is, I guess, the Japanese bonus track, because that’s what the last track on my MP3 rip of my CD is called, but it’s actually "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," which I think was a gutsy choice for a bonus track on a CD from a man who calls his fans "bezerkers."
I suspect that some people will not like the addition of piano to the BLS world, but those who do will find this album to be a lot stronger than the ones we’ve enjoyed before. If Zakk can continue to deliver albums of this strength, then I think his future sans Ozzy is assured.