Mark your calendars, Sab fiends. September 4, via Magnetic Eye Records, Zakk Sabbath will release Vertigo, their tribute to Black Sabbath’s debut record. Zakk and the boys for the win!

Today, Zakk Sabbath are sharing a first track taken from Vertigo exclusively with Rolling Stone Magazine. You can now stream their tribute version of the iconic anthem Black Sabbath here!

The Black Sabbath tribute band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy), bassist Blasko (Ozzy, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age), will release their tribute to the Birmingham four, a faithful-yet-supercharged rendition of Black Sabbath’s first album. Vertigo Records issued the iconic debut album on a Friday the 13 in 1970, and the world was never the same.

Legendarily recorded in a single day in October 1969, the earth-moving self-titled set closed the book on hippie optimism with its dark magic and ushered in a brand new genre, setting the metal template for decades to come.

Zakk Sabbath group photo

Exactly 50 years later, Zakk Sabbath celebrate the first chapter in the Sabbath catalog with Vertigo,  faithfully recorded in the spirit of the original, live in the studio and with a film crew documenting the process.

“We recorded a live EP and were wondering what we could do next as a cover band, so the 50th album anniversary came just at the right time,” explains Blasko regarding Zakk Sabbath’s decision to go studio.

“Compared to Paranoid, which is almost like a best-of record, the bulk of the material on Black Sabbath is deep-cut, really experimental stuff that was never thoroughly explored, so that was a challenge, not to forget that we wanted to meet our own high standards.”

Describing the DIY process as “very productive,” the three respectfully added their own flair to make for a slightly different flavor, also revisiting various live renditions and “extending a solo here or slowing things down because that’s what they tended to do on stage.”

Zakk Sabbath’s Vertigo won’t be available digitally, “to make the release feel authentic to the time when vinyl ruled the earth. It was such a cool time for those of us that grew up during that time. The fan experience with the physical product is irreplaceable with digital and streaming. We wanted to capture that authenticity.”

Vertigo will be available as a Digipak CD, CD/DVD hardcover book with album, behind-the-scenes-interviews, and a “making of,” limited-edition yellow vinyl.

Track List

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

Vertigo drops September 4 but album pre-sales have started here.


Theron Moore has been freelance writing since 1989 as a staff writer for SLAM Magazine (Stateline Area Magazine, Northern IL / Southern WI), and contributor to Jake Wiseley’s (Red Decibel Records) Sheet Metal Magazine. He’s also published zines Louder Than God, The Saint Vitus Press & Poetry Review, For Those About to Rock, and blogs Church of the Necronomicon and All My Friends Are Rock Stars (AMFARS). Moore has contributed music, & movie reviews, and artist interviews to websites, Wormwood Chronicles, The Sludgelord, New Noise Magazine and Metal Forces Magazine. He is the author of All My Friends Are Rock Stars, Volumes I-III; Gangsters, Harlots and Thieves; Belvidere, Books & Guns; Blood on the Screen, Blood on the Page; all titles available on Amazon.

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