BLS’ 11th album has Zakk Wylde sharing duties with guitarist Dario Lorina. Huge tones, harmonized lines, and blistering solos dwell in the realm of metal-infested stomp and fretboard intensity. Dedicated to their roadcrew and legions of adoring fans, Doom Crew Inc. is a caffeinated guitarfest with punishing intensity, and Wylde and Lorina riff like it’s the end of days.
Exhibit A is “Set You Free” with its humorous video and lightnin’ licks. Although not the most distinctive guitar duo (Wylde’s influence rubs off on Lorina), their solos combine delightfully over-the-top harmonized runs, à la Stryper, Racer X, or a blues-based Cacophony. “Ruins” is another grungy, Ozzy-wailing dirge that will instantly melt flesh from bone.
There are somber ballads like “Love Reign Down,” where Wylde does his best Gregg-Allman-style vocal, but the fireworks are where this album rules. Zakk has always had an ABB-meets-Sabbath fixation and here, Doom Crew Inc. delivers. “Gospel of Lies” and “Shelter Me” are super heavy, and Lorina more than holds his own via super-melodic badassery. Doom Crew Inc. marinates in dark jubilance.
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