7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.
We really can't imagine anyone not wanting to spend one night on a blessed metal hellride with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, who left after Ozz's 2007 album Black Rain, has been running the BLS tribe since 1998's debut album, Sonic Brew. Mixing Southern rock jams, a heavy bluesy element and pure metal destruction, the band has become the preferred poison of bikers and boring, normal folks alike for the past decade. Albums like Hangover Music and The Blessed Hellride are good jumping-off points for novices, but for a real riff orgasm we heartily suggest 2005's Mafia, which includes the touching piano-driven "In This River," that wasn't a tribute to Dimebag Darrell originally, but the accompanying music video honored the fallen Pantera guitar god just the same. Later this month the band will release The Song Remains Not the Same, a collection of acoustic tracks and a few other songs that didn't make it onto last year's Order of the Black. Bring your leather and your earplugs.