Catacombs of the Black Vatican

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Catacombs of the Black Vatican
Catacombs of the black vatican album cover.jpg
Studio album by Black Label Society
Released April 7, 2014 (UK)
April 8, 2014 (US)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 44:39
Label Mascot Records (Europe)
eOne Music (US)
Producer Zakk Wylde
Black Label Society chronology
Unblackened
(2013)
Catacombs of the Black Vatican
(2014)
Singles from Catacombs of the Black Vatican
  1. "My Dying Time"
    Released: January 21, 2014
  2. "Angel Of Mercy"
    Released: June 18, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 stars[3]
Loudwire 4/5 stars[4]

Catacombs of the Black Vatican is the ninth studio album by heavy metal band Black Label Society. The album was released on April 8, 2014.[5] It is the first Black Label Society album to feature former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga after fill-in Mike Froedge departed the band. Froedge himself replaced Will Hunt, who in turn replaced longtime drummer Craig Nunenmacher, all in the span of fewer than two years.

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at No. 5 on Billboard 200,[6] and No. 1 on Top Rock Albums.[7] with around 25,000 copies sold in its first week. The album has sold 80,000 copies in the US as of March 2016.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Zakk Wylde.

No. Title Length
1. "Fields of Unforgiveness"   3:12
2. "My Dying Time"   3:22
3. "Believe"   3:44
4. "Angel of Mercy"   4:14
5. "Heart of Darkness"   3:39
6. "Beyond the Down"   2:54
7. "Scars"   4:13
8. "Damn the Flood"   3:18
9. "I've Gone Away"   3:51
10. "Empty Promises"   5:16
11. "Shades of Gray"   6:28
Total length: 44:39
'Black Edition' bonus tracks - Europe
No. Title Length
12. "Dark Side of the Sun"   5:19
13. "Blind Man"   4:36
'Black Edition' bonus tracks - North America/Digital
No. Title Length
12. "Dark Side of the Sun"   5:19
13. "The Nomad"   4:15
Bonus tracks - Japan
No. Title Length
12. "Dark Side of the Sun"   5:19
13. "Hell and Fire"   4:25

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 31
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 111
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 23
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 64
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 29
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 87
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 52
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 30
US Billboard 200[21] 5
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[22] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[25] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drago, Dan. "Black Label Society - Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  2. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Black Label Society - Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  3. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "Black Label Society "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican"". Blabbermouth. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bowar, Chad (April 8, 2014). "Black Label Society, 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' – Album Review". Loudwire. 
  5. ^ "Black Label Society: Album Art + Track Listing for New Album". Loudwire. 
  6. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. April 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. August 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016.  listed under Zakk Wylde
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (in German). Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (in French). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Black Label Society.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Black Label Society: Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican". Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Black Label Society | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  21. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Black Label Society.
  22. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Black Label Society.
  23. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Black Label Society.
  24. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Black Label Society.
  25. ^ "Black Label Society – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Black Label Society.