Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 18)

Year: 1998

Black Label Society: Sonic Brew


The Problem: The first Black Label Society album Sonic Brew generated a strong buzz (heh) without any controversy as guitar icon Zakk Wylde found a new home for his Southern-infused writing. The album cover was designed to mirror a bottle of Johnny Walker blended scotch save for the text, but the distillery was not overjoyed. They issued a cease and desist letter, which led to the album’s cover being changed to the band’s skull logo on a black background. Oops!

My Take: Once again, we have a neat idea, but they didn’t ask permission before doing it. Cool concept. Maybe they should’ve asked Johnny Walker for permission. This is a neat cover.

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