CD review ZAKK SABBATH ‘Vertigo’

To date 50 years ago the world of music, people knew at the time, shouldn’t be the same anymore. One of the biggest Metal bands, Black Sabbath, unleashed their self-titled debut, an album that belongs to the most impactful ones in music.

With the ‘60s been the flower power and hippie years, it was ‘Black Sabbath that ended this era and started a new one. All of a sudden music became heavier and darker, spreading a totally different vibe. Slow and intense riffs crawled out of darkness, becoming inspiration for many generations of musicians, one being axe-wizard Zakk Wylde.

Zakk Sabbath is Zakk’s Black Sabbath cover band and he has with Blasko and Joey Castillo two musical companions, sharing the same passion for the music from the legendary Metal pioneers.

Vertigo Records was the label that released the genre defining longplayer and with having this in mind the name of the longplayer is self-explaining. The record features all the songs from ‘Black Sabbath’ with the exception of ‘Evil Woman’, the cover of Crow. Some of the original tracks end up on ‘Vertigo’ as individual tunes while others are combined to thundering medleys including the intros ‘Wasp’ and  ‘A Bit of Finger’.

The magic with Zakk Sabbath is the close affinity to the original spirit while still adding an own level of passion to the total. Besides the exquisite guitar play that we take for granted on such an album, it’s Wylde’s vocals that come really close to Ozzy Osbourne’s unique way of singing.

Covering such a milestone album always includes a higher risk risk of failure. If someone can make such an endeavor to a success it is Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo. Musical capabilities and savvy comes units with a passion for the sound of their idols, the earlier giving the trio the possibility to interpret the music in perfection, that latter allowing the guys to get the right vibe and spirit in place. Both parts combined is what makes a ‘mission impossible’ to a ‘mission possible’.

‘Vertigo’ is an inspiring and blistering homage to a band and a record that belongs to the most influential ones in the history of music. Not having this album as a part of Metal collection is the ‘ultimate sin’. By the way, to make things even more authentic, ‘Vertigo’ is only available as CD and vinyl and not digitally.

Rating: 9 out of 10.


  1. Black Sabbath
  2. The Wizard
  3. Wasp / Behind the Wall of Sleep / N.I.B
  4. Wicked World
  5. A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning

Label: Magnetic Eye Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: September 4th, 2020



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