Zakk Sabbath's Vertigo: you don't need it but you'll love it

A nativity in black as Zakk Wylde's Zakk Sabbath replicate Black Sabbath's debut album

Zakk Sabbath: Vertigo
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For some this might be sacrilege, for Zakk Wylde it’s the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a legendary record, something his Black Sabbath covers band was seemingly destined for. So do we need a faithful rendition of Sabbath’s iconic self-titled debut, which birthed heavy metal? 

Probably not. Is it fun, though? Hell yeah, absolutely. 

As far as cover projects go, this is gold standard, a reverent take from start to finish, based on the original US version of the album – so Wicked World is here, but not Evil Woman – with Wylde front and centre interpreting Tony Iommi’s riffs, and doing an Ozzy Osbourne impression perfected during the many keg parties of his youth. 

The sound is, of course, crushingly authentically heavy, but without sacrificing the groove and swing of the original.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.