Since the release of their latest album, Catacombs of the Back Vatican, Black Label Society (also known as BLS) has been touring relentlessly in promotion of the record, including the Revolver Golden God tour with Butcher Babies and the summer festival circuit. Now on a brand new round of touring, the men of BLS have brought some new friends along for the ride: Kyng and Wovenwar. This rockin’ rampage made its way to the Carolinas and stopped in at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C on Thursday, July 24 to a sold out house. The line outside the venue wrapped around the building as anxious fans, many adorned in a variety of BLS gear, stood in anticipation of the musical feast that awaited them.
Kyng, to the surprise of many, took to the stage first, opening up the evening with their groovy brand of rock n’ roll that cascaded across the venue like a velvet sheath- an ode to classic rock. Stirring the essence of bands like Stillwater and Cream, but with a modern edge, Kyng brought to life the packed venue. Fans could be seen cheering and singing along with band as they rolled their way through an eclectic set list of songs including the title track of their latest album, “Burn the Serum,” and hit single “Electric Halo.” Front man Eddie Veliz made some friendly banter with the crowd, cracking a few jokes and a smile before delving into a music lesson for the younger attendees and a fast paced jolt down memory lane for the older crowd by diving into a cover of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.” By the end of their six song set, Kyng had infused the rock n’ roll soul into the eager horde and readied their hunger for more.
When Wovenwar took the stage there were whispers throughout the crowd about the newcomers and their origins. Composed of the entirety of As I Lay Dying sans Tim Lambesis and replaced with ex- Oh, Sleeper vocalist Shane Blay, Wovenwar is the product of perseverance and a passion for music. With their debut album due out August 5, the guys came prepared with a sampler of songs from the upcoming record to entice the crowd and stir the curiosity of the masses. Songs like “All Rise,” “Death To Rights,” and “Tempest” demonstrated the band’s diversity and new vocally cleaner approach. Unlike the notorious Lambesis, Blay’s vocals present a silkier texture and tone, and that paired with a deviation from the “As I Lay Dying sound” makes Wovenwar a completely different musical beast. Picking up elements of melodic metal and hard rock, the guys played almost seamlessly through their set with a clamoring horde eating up every note. Suffice to say many in the crowd came in new to Wovenwar and left as fans.
Then, it was time for the legendary Black Label Society to take the reins and bring the evening to a climax. As the band entered the stage the crowd went wild with enthusiasm. The fervor of the masses amplified and cheering filled the venue when the legend himself, Zakk Wylde, entered the stage. BLS ripped through a set that had their legion of fans, lovingly referred to as “The Doom Crew,” singing along and head banging with an impassioned fury. Playing songs from across their catalogue the men of BLS brought the chugging guitars, heavy bass and pummeling drums that have gained them such a dedicated following over the years. Running through songs like “Bleed For Me,” “My Dying Time,” “Angel of Mercy,” and the heartfelt dedication to ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott “In This River,” Wylde and company captivated the crowded music hall. One of the highlights of the night was Wylde embarking on a twenty minute guitar solo mid-set to the amazement and wonder of the crowd. Closing on the classic, “Stillborn,” Black Label Society ended the evening exactly as they had begun it, with fans cheering and screaming for more.