DANZIG

Heavy Metal / Industrial Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with blues-inspired heavy metal music. The band serves as a musical outlet for singer/composer Glenn Danzig. The band can be seen as the third stage in Glenn Danzig's musical career, preceded by the horror punk band The Misfits and the band Samhain.

On July 14, 1986, Samhain performed what was to be their final show, at The Ritz in New York City. In attendance was Rick Rubin, who was scouting for potential bands to sign to his record label, Def Jam. Upon viewing Samhain's performance, Rubin was impressed with Glenn Danzig's powerful stage persona and vocal abilities. He approached him after the show and propositioned him. At first, he wished only to sign Danzig, with the intent of making him the vocalist for a heavy metal supergroup that Rubin envisioned. However, Danzig refused to sign to Rubin's label without
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DANZIG Danzig album cover 4.08 | 18 ratings
Danzig
Heavy Metal 1988
DANZIG Danzig II: Lucifuge album cover 3.93 | 17 ratings
Danzig II: Lucifuge
Heavy Metal 1990
DANZIG Danzig III: How the Gods Kill album cover 4.14 | 17 ratings
Danzig III: How the Gods Kill
Heavy Metal 1992
DANZIG Danzig 4P album cover 3.55 | 10 ratings
Danzig 4P
Heavy Metal 1994
DANZIG Danzig 5: Blackacidevil album cover 1.96 | 8 ratings
Danzig 5: Blackacidevil
Industrial Metal 1996
DANZIG Danzig 6:66: Satan's Child album cover 2.71 | 8 ratings
Danzig 6:66: Satan's Child
Industrial Metal 1999
DANZIG 777: I Luciferi album cover 2.91 | 7 ratings
777: I Luciferi
Heavy Metal 2002
DANZIG Circle of Snakes album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Circle of Snakes
Heavy Metal 2004
DANZIG Deth Red Sabaoth album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Deth Red Sabaoth
Heavy Metal 2010
DANZIG Skeletons album cover 2.79 | 3 ratings
Skeletons
Heavy Metal 2015
DANZIG Black Laden Crown album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Black Laden Crown
Heavy Metal 2017

DANZIG EPs & splits

DANZIG Thrall: Demonsweatlive album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Thrall: Demonsweatlive
Heavy Metal 1993
DANZIG Sacrifice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sacrifice
Industrial Metal 2000

DANZIG live albums

DANZIG Live on the Black Hand Side album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live on the Black Hand Side
Heavy Metal 2001

DANZIG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DANZIG re-issues & compilations

DANZIG The Lost Tracks of Danzig album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Tracks of Danzig
Heavy Metal 2007

DANZIG singles (5)

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Dirty Black Summer
Heavy Metal 1992
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Danzig III - How the Gods Kill
Heavy Metal 1992
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Mother
Heavy Metal 1994
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I Don't Mind the Pain
Hard Rock 1995
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Ju Ju Bone
Heavy Metal 2011

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Danzig - Archive De La Morte
Heavy Metal 2003
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Danzig - Il Demonio Nera
Heavy Metal 2005

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DANZIG Black Laden Crown

Album · 2017 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"Black Laden Crown" is the 11th full-length studio album by US heavy rock act Danzig. The album was released through AFM Records/Nuclear Blast Records in May 2017. "Black Laden Crown" is the first Danzig featuring new original material since "Deth Red Sabaoth" from 2010. The two albums are however bridged by the covers album "Skeletons" from 2015. The material on the 9 track, 43:11 minutes long album were recorded over the course of 3 years, with the initial recording sessions starting in February 2014.

Vocals, rhythm guitars, some bass parts, and some drums were performed by Glenn Danzig, while lead guitars and the remaining bass parts were handled by Tommy Victor. In addition to the drum parts that Glenn Danzig performs, no less than four other drummers were involved in the recording of the album: Joey Castillo, Johnny Kelly, Karl Rockfist, and Dirk Verbeuren.

Stylistically most tracks on the album can be described as a heavy and dark type of doomy rock. Most are slow and atmospheric tracks, but "Eyes Ripping Fire" and "Devil On Hwy 9" are slightly more hard rocking with a heavy bluesy edge. Not completely unlike the musical direction on the early albums by the band. It´s obvious though that a lot of water has run under the bridge, and in the intermediate years Danzig changed their sound and added industrial elements and generally had less focus on the bluesy heavy rock side of their music. On the last couple of albums the latter style has crept back into the band´s sound though, and "Black Laden Crown" is a combination of the various elements the band have picked up over the years. The material are generally well written and fairly memorable, although a bit more variation could have made the album more interesting.

The musicianship is solid, although there´s little here which requires great (technical) skill to play. Glenn Danzig was born in 1955 and is not a young man anymore, and while he still has a powerful and distinct sounding voice, said voice has changed a bit and has become a bit more hoarse on his older days. "Black Laden Crown" features a sound production which unfortunately takes away some of the power of the music. The instrumental part of the music is often a bit low in the mix, while the vocals are placed unnaturally high. The latter are also produced with an effect, which makes them sound a bit like they were recorded in an empty bathroom, and that´s not particularly pleasant to listen to.

Despite some elements of the album not quite reaching the expectations, it is nice that the tracks generally work well and "Black Laden Crown" is overall a decent quality release. It would be fair if some listeners had their doubts regarding the project after the minor catastrophy of "Skeletons (2015)", but thankfully Danzig make a decent return to form on "Black Laden Crown". The album doesn´t exactly reach the heights of the band´s iconic late 80s/early 90s releases, but less will do and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DANZIG Danzig II: Lucifuge

Album · 1990 · Heavy Metal
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Warthur
I guess everyone who follows Glenn Danzig's career eventually reaches a point where his "undead Jim Morrison impersonating Elvis in a leather vest" routine stops being fun and starts being samey. Some never took to it even in the hardcore punk glory days of the Misfits; some were put off by the terror-stricken deathrock of Samhain; some simply didn't dig the "Danzig croons over what is basically well-produced but otherwise rather rudimentary bluesy hard rock" formula of the first Danzig album.

For my part, I like all those phases of Danzig's career, but I find that a little goes a long way. I really liked Static Age, but never felt like any of the Misfits' other releases seemed particularly necessary next to it; likewise, I dug Samhain, but on balance I think it's probably best that project was as short-lived as it was. And whilst I liked the first Danzig album, I find myself feeling that one album in that particular vein is quite enough. This release basically offers more of the same as the debut, except "Mother" isn't here, and without "Mother" what's the point?

DANZIG Skeletons

Album · 2015 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"Skeletons" is the 10th full-length studio album by US hard/heavy rock act Danzig. The album was released through Evilive/Nuclear Blast Records in November 2015. It´s the successor to "Deth Red Sabaoth" from 2010. "Skeletons" is however not the next Danzig album featuring original material, but instead an album with covers of artists that Glenn Danzig grew up listening to and who have inspired him over the years. Glenn sings and plays most intruments himself (including drums on about half of the tracks), but has enlisted Tommy Victor (Prong) to play lead guitars (and some rhythm guitar and bass too), and Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) to play drums on the tracks where Glenn doesn´t.

The 10 tracks on the 33:51 minutes long album are covers of artists like Davie Allan & The Arrows, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, and The Everly Brothers, so the original material comes from many different sides of the musical spectrum (there´s of course also a cover of Elvis Presley featured on the album). The cover of "N.I.B." by Black Sabbath is by far the most metal oriented track on "Skeletons", while the rest are more rock or punk oriented. Danzig of course puts his own spin on the material and it´s clearly audible at any time during the album that you´re listening to a Danzig release although there are more than a few nods toward his former act Misfits too. Especially the cover of "Devil's Angels" by Davie Allan & The Arrows has that punk meets 50s rhythm´n´blues that Misfits often played.

The material is a bit up and down in quality, or maybe more correctly, some tracks suit Danzig better than others. I was for example a little surprised at how limb the cover of "N.I.B." sounded, while the above mentioned "Devil's Angels", which opens the album, is an almost perfect fit and one of the highlights. There are a couple of pretty major issues regarding the album, other than some tracks not being the perfect match for the band, and that´s the almost constant use of pinch harmonics and the rather weak sounding production. The former is of course courtesy of Tommy Victor and has been a trademark in Danzig´s sound since he joined the lineup. It´s never been a feature that I felt enhanced the band´s music and it´s even more inappropriate here. The sound production is as mentioned also an issue as it sounds rather muffled and weak. Often resembling demo sound quality. It really is quite underwhelming.

So other than some relatively good quality tracks that Danzig successfully put their own spin on, "Skeletons" is far from being the interesting covers album it could have been. It´s not a bad quality release either though (although the sound production is of a rather questionable quality on some tracks), and there is some entertainment value hidden around the release, so a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

DANZIG Danzig III: How the Gods Kill

Album · 1992 · Heavy Metal
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TerryDactyl
An H.R. Geiger cover graces this third album of the Danzig band and Chuck Biscuits still pounds that single bass battery like a bandit, and Christ and Von are still being the best backers that this short Wolverine character would ever get (Gods can't everyone involved understand how much they've sucked since they split up?) But this is not a perfect album. Even the best track on it, the title one the one that goes "Oh, oh would you let it go?" is flawed with over hot mic-manship and support from the great Lumpet. I'm not blasting Glenn and Crew's production job, they did the best they could, but if Rubin were in the studio at that moment we'd have that exact performance sounding so slick and perfect that to hear it is to lay on the sidewalk, crying out the bitter tears of your past excesses whilst praying to either God or the Devil to exonerate you from the long nights of fuckup that you can not get over anymore. Maybe it is Grace itself that makes this album a flawed one on so many production levels, because if it were perfect as the first two Danzig albums were, it would surely be the best, and those warts, those hideous little rough patches of skin on its otherwise smooth bum, make it an actually listenable album instead of some super slick, hyper aware masterpiece that actually caused the destruction of at least two worlds in some weird Douglas Adams type universe.

DANZIG Danzig II: Lucifuge

Album · 1990 · Heavy Metal
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TerryDactyl
Love. This album is love. There is nothing that is more love than this album. All those hippies who sit around pretending John Lennon knew more than anyone else, that Janis Joplin was the true flower of the world, that Jimi (who really is a truly great guitarist on the highest level, and a hell of a song writer to boot) was somehow more about love than this thing, this brutal, ugly, gorgeous, perfect pop masterpiece of an album.

There's a lot of good to be had here. From the very first notes of "Long Way Back From Hell" to the very final fading guitar note of "Pain in the World" this is an album that really is nearly (not quite, but oh, so close) fifty minutes of sheer satanic bliss, black as coal, and heavy as a meteor.

Personal Anecdote That Has Nothing to do with How Good This Album Is:

First time I heard this was in 1990 sometime, maybe very very early '91 and I'd never heard a note of Glenn song, and I borrowed this cassette from my buddy Matt and put it in the tape deck of my boom box and pressed play. It stopped because it was actually at the beginning of Side 2. I turned it over because I didn't feel like rewinding and the very first thing I heard, the very first moment of Glenn-song was the acoustic intro to "Devil's Plaything." I listened, rapt. Intent. I knew that the universe now made more sense and that I would have to spend my life holding this song, this sound, up as a flag, a gorgeous multi colored black flag that would lead me all around the world, all across the badlands of musical populi and would eventually discover all sorts of things because of those notes. And by the time Glenn sang "Woah woah uh whoa woah" I was in love, in rapture, I'm sure I had an erection but didn't know why, and from that day forth I put away childish things like Death Metal and Grindcore and started exploring the whole of the universe. Of course Death Metal and Grindcore still totally got my goat, but that's another story. Glenn, well, he's like Elvis and Sinatra and Morrison. He's like the other side of every brutal moment. I love this stuff. I can't get enough, no matter how smart, ascended and filled with divine fire I get, there's still "Lucifuge" reminding me that I ain't shit. And yet, because I am here, Maybe I am. Goodness, gracious, land sakes alive, I need to hear "Snakes of Christ" and succumb to the bloat of underworld goat. Hallelujah, save my soul, this is some serious rock n roll.

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