Zakk Wylde Shares Honest Opinion on Tony Iommi’s Black Sabbath Tone

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During a recently published interview with Ultimate Guitar, guitar legend, Zakk Wylde talked about different topics, and one which took everyone by surprise was. His use of the chorus effect. It was Ultimate Guitar’s David Slavkovic who got the chance to speak with Zakk Wylde.

Zakk Wylde is known for being the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and the frontman for the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He also shares honest opinions on Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and a lot of other bands. He has sold more than 100 million records as a solo musician and a member of the Black Sabbath.

The interview was right before Zakk was going on a tour with Pantera. When asked how he could manage to make his guitar sound ‘Tight’ with the effect, he replied.

I’ve never been in the studio before ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’ I was in the studio, but I didn’t how it works. It’s like you don’t know until you’re there. It’s like the Wizard of Oz. And then you see how the process of layering and putting things together, like how Jimmy Page would make these amazing records. With all the different tones and different guitar tracks coming in and out.”

“It’s architecture, it’s like building a house, you know? There’s really no secret to it, just play. I mean, as far as that stuff goes, you play it to yourself until you’re happy with it. As far as doubling it goes, and, you know, like the way Dimebag would double all his stuff. You just make sure it’s tight.”

The interviewer also disclosed how Zakk was influenced by Tony Iommi. He added also on playing, writing and his tone. Zakk then, talked about Black Sabbath’s best album in terms of guitar tone and also disclosed things about Tony Iommi.

“I love them all. I love his guitar tone on ‘Vol. 4.’ I actually, you know, I love them all. They’re all really, really special. I mean, all of them. Even the latest records, you know, ‘Never Say Die’ and ‘Technical Ecstasy.'”

“I love the guitar tone on ‘Sabotage,’ too. The metal breakdown on ‘Snowblind,’ just this guitar tone, it’s just so filthy and nasty, but still clean. You can hear everything, even as filthy as it is.”

That’s when he talked about his time in The Allman Brothers band. He was invited to do a show back in 1993, and his performance there was very good. He recalled,

It was amazing. I mean, the guys were all super cool. I couldn’t have been treated any nicer. I remember I came in on like a Saturday night.”

“And at Sunday, at soundcheck, Gregg goes, ‘Hey, Zakk, brother, you know how to play ‘Dreams?’ I go, ‘Yeah, that Molly Hatchet song, right?’ [laughs] He goes, ‘Man, don’t make me have to send you home, man.’ [laughs]”

“It was hilarious, man. I mean, everybody, actually, even Gregg laughed, too. So yeah, they were all cracking up. But I had a great time. The guys treated me great. And I was beyond honored, being up there, playing with the guys.”

Zakk also played live shows for Pantera. It was alongside Phil Anselmo, Charlie Benante on drums and Derek Engemann replacing Rex Brown. Rex had to miss out the concert due to COVID. The bassist shared,

“I caught a very mild strain of Covid, but because of our own protocols, I simply do not wanna risk getting my brothers or the crew sick!! I’m feeling better & am on my way to a speedy recovery. Merry Fu****** Christmas & see you all next year!”

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