Nick “Evil Twin” Catanese is known as the rhythm/lead guitarist in Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, for his work in the movie Rock Star and for his unique 2004 Washburn Signature guitar
Known for his unique ability to double Wylde’s rippingly intense solos live and mimic them in the studio earned Catanese the “Evil Twin” handle from Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde himself.
In 1996, Zakk embarking on his solo project, “The Book of Shadows”, found it necessary for the first time to work with another guitarist and Nick became the guitarist Zakk chose to fill that slot. The acoustic tour in support of Book of Shadows spanned from mid 1996 to early 1998 covering the U.S. and Japan. In Japan the pair opened for Steve Vai and Motley Crue.
In early 1999 Zakk ask Catanese to join his very “non-acoustical” project, Black Label Society. Capturing Wylde’s style translated into a powerful live fusion in the tour that followed supporting of the debut album Sonic Brew released in 1999 and proved to be a magnetic combination for the years to follow.
After a year of national and international touring Catanese settled in Los Angeles for six months in the beginning of 2000 while working on the movie Rock Star (Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston). Catanese pulled double duty as Xander Cummings the guitarist in Wahlberg’s character’s first band and collaborating with several artists in the studio to record the movie’s soundtrack. Along with cohort Wylde, Catanese had the honor of working with Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson, Mike Matievic, Jeff Scott Soto and producer Tom Werman (Ted Nugent, Motley Crue) on the project.
No sooner was the Rock Star movie completed when Black Label Society’s second album, Stronger Than Death was released and Catanese hit the road for both national and international tour support of the CD. The band also briefly jumped into a headliner spot on Ozzfest that year for the last quarter of the tour playing along side Pantera, Godsmack, and Ozzy himself. After the tour concluded in fall 2000 Catanese went back to LA to work in the studio on compiling Alcohol Fueled Brewtality, the band’s live CD released in 2001. A short but intense international tour to plug the CD followed in early 2001 before Catanese returned home to the U.S. as the band landed a slot on next Ozzfest (this time for the full run of the tour) headlining with Slipknot, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson and Black Sabbath.
When 1919 Eternal was released in 2002, Catanese and company were joined by new bassist Mike Inez (formerly of Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osborne) for a six month touring stint of the west coast and international dates in support of the album. In the summer of 2002 Catanese and Black Label Society accompanied this time by bassist Rob Trujillo (currently with Metallica) returned as repeat headliners on the Ozzfest this time also sharing the stage with Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and Drowning Pool whom Catanese joined on stage for guest performances throughout the tour.
Catanese is captured performing in the Stillborn video (the first release from Black Label Society’s 5 th CD, The Blessed Hellride) where he had the unique experience of working with musician/director Rob Zombie and in 2003 released Boozed, Bruised, and Broken Boned DVD from total live feed and footage of a Detroit show in late 2002.
Catanese again joined Zakk and Black Label Society with yet another prestigious bassist, James Lomenzo (formerly of White Lion and David Lee Roth) stepping in for their fourth round of the Ozzfest, this time beside rock legends Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
With more and more recognition for his guitar prowess, Nick will be featured in numerous ads for 2006.
Black Label Society is a heavy metal band and the brainchild of Zakk Wylde (of Ozzy Osbourne's band). In 1992, Ozzy retired after the No More Tears tour, which led Zakk to form his own solo band Pride & Glory, blending potent bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. In 1994 Ozzy decided to come out of retirement, and the numerous recording sessions for Ozzmosis took place. Around this time, Zakk was also offered the open guitar slot in Guns N' Roses and had a hard time deciding whether to tour with Ozzy or join GnR. Neither project panned out. This gave Wylde the opportunity to record his own acoustic solo album called "Book of Shadows," what many fans believe to be the finest of his work outside of Ozzy's band. In 1998, Black Label Society was born, founded by Zakk and drummer Phil Ondich. Many lineup changes later, BLS still exists to this day, but Zakk also rejoined Ozzy's band in 2001.