The Blessed Hellride

the blessed hellride

Release Information:
Released:April 22, 2003
Recorded:Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California; Cartee Day Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Amerayacan Studios, North Hollywood, California.
Length:45:02
Label:Spitfire
Producer:Zakk Wylde

Track listing:

1. “Stoned and Drunk” – 5:02
2. “Doomsday Jesus” – 3:30
3. “Stillborn” (Feat. Ozzy Osbourne) – 3:15
4. “Suffering Overdue” – 4:29
5. “The Blessed Hellride” – 4:32
6. “Funeral Bell” – 4:41
7. “Final Solution” – 4:04
8. “Destruction Overdrive” – 3:01
9. “Blackened Waters” – 3:56
10. “We Live No More” – 4:02
11. “Dead Meadow” – 4:30
12. “F.U.N.” (Japanese Bonus Track) – 2:58

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The Blessed Hellride is the fifth release by Black Label Society. It contains a mix of heavy (Stoned and Drunk, Stillborn) and lighter (The Blessed Hellride, Dead Meadow) tunes.

The second track “Doomsday Jesus” was featured on the soundtrack to the game MTX: Mototrax, but with altered lyrics.

The third track “Stillborn” is featured on the soundtrack of the game Guitar Hero: World Tour, Zakk Wylde was also a playable celebrity rockstar in that same game.

Ozzy Osbourne appears on the first single “Stillborn,” though his name was not used to promote the track. He is credited inside the booklet, however, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records were not allowed to promote this song with Osbourne’s name – a sticker on the cover of the album said “featuring special guest star.”

The Japanese bonus track “F.U.N.” is a joke song, presumably recorded while Zakk and Craig Nunenmacher were horsing around in the studio. The song’s lyrics poke fun at the cheesiest of the 1980s hairband’s “party” lyrics. It stands for Fucked Up Nonsense.

A song called “No Other” was recorded, mixed, and mastered for this album, however, it remained unreleased until the next album, “Hangover Music Vol. VI.”

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Personnel:
Zakk Wyldevocals, guitars, bass guitar, piano
Craig Nunenmacherdrums
Ozzy Osbourneguest vocals on “Stillborn”
  
Production:
Produced by:Zakk Wylde
Associate producer and engineer:Eddie Mapp
Assistant engineers:Christopher Rakestraw and Steve Crowder
Mixed by:Eddie Mapp and Zakk Wylde
Mastered by:Steve Marcussen
Illustrations by:Rob Arvizu
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