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Stream: Danzig – ‘Devil on Hwy 9’

Danzig 2017Legendary punk and metal frontman Glenn Danzig has posted a video for Devil on Hwy 9, the first track to feature from his upcoming LP, Black Laden Crown. The record is due for release on May 26th on his own Evilive Record Label, with distribution via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in North America and AFM Records in Europe.

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Danzig -skeletons

Danzig

Skeletons

Nuclear Blast Entertainment
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

As a long time fan of The Misfits’ early output, it was exciting to see Glenn Danzig don the face paint after decades of denouncing the importance of the band that gave his musical career its first big push. That being said, it was difficult to remain optimistic about the long awaited new album, as the quality of his output has arguably been decreasing steadily since the early 90s. The fact that Jerry Only released a horrendous covers album under The Misfits name only made the wait more nerve wracking. It only takes a few seconds into the opening track to realize that this isn’t an Only level mess.

The album opens with an obscure cover of “Devil’s Angels,” which is the closest thing to The Misfits that Danzig has recorded in decades. This is such a strong way to begin the album, with plenty of garage punk energy. The raw production on the album is a welcome return to the ragged edginess of early Danzig and serves the covers of songs from the 1960s to 1980s well. While he is generally known as a metal artist these days, many of the strongest songs in the Danzig discography are ballads, which allow his deep voice room to take the spotlight. There are a couple of great examples of that on Skeletons, the most obvious being “Rough Boy” which is a pleasant love song which highlights his fascination with the melodies of 1960s rock music. The punk influence is again obvious on “With A Girl Like You,” which sounds like a long lost Ramones recording. The sound leans more toward straightforward late 90s metal on “Find Somebody,” although there is a lot of melody at the course, which throws things off a little. 

Not every song deserved to make the cut. This could have been a very strong EP release, as there is noticeable filler that could have been cut. Glenn Danzig has a strong bluesy voice that has served him well standing out in the metal scene, but on a song like “Satan,” his caterwaul feels overdone and makes the song drag on much too long. The choice to cover Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.” seems overly obvious and the vocal performance is uninspired. While his vocals often make ballads the strongest tracks on his albums, the production on “Crying in the Rain” sounds like he was singing into a tin can, which distracts from the song itself. 

The distance between the highs and lows on the album make for a lack of cohesiveness to the album. Some of the songs will appease fans of recent Danzig releases, while others have a more ragged, retro sound. As mentioned before, Glenn Danzig has a powerful voice which has long been his strongest gift, making up for oft corny lyrics. The song choices are interesting, with “N.I.B.” been the only predictable choice, instead choosing songs that will be obscure to most listeners. This works in his favour, as there is less comparison to the original, allowing him to put his own spin on the music and make it sound more like a proper Danzig release than a throwaway covers album. While Skeletons is definitely not one of the most essential releases from the artist’s extensive catalogue, it is an interesting listen and definitely one of his strongest in decades. 

Danzig Announces Covers LP ‘Skeletons’

DanzigLegendary punk and metal frontman Glenn Danzig has announced his long rumoured covers LP will be released on November 27th via his own Evilive Record Label. The cover art features Danzig wearing the full face skull makeup for the first time since his days fronting The Misfits. Recently he spoke to Rolling Stone about the record:

“I had titled it Skeletons before the makeup, to be like ‘skeletons in your closet,’ it’s like pulling out old songs – “These are my skeletons…You may or may not know that I dig these songs. You could say that some of this music is the actual basis and skeleton of what I listened to growing up — ultimately informing the kind of music I like. It’s the foundation. If you took Elvis and SABBATH out of my life, I probably wouldn’t be the Glenn Danzig you know! I’m glad both sides are represented on this record”

Check out the cover art and track list for Skeletons below.

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Danzig Planning New Albums For 2015

DanzigHorror rock outfit Danzig will be releasing two new discs in  2015.  The first will be a covers album set for the Spring, and the next will be an all original full-length due out in Fall 2015.  A third release will take the form of a Glenn Danzig EP featuring Elvis covers.

The new material will follow Danzig‘s 2010 effort, Death Red Sabaoth.

   

Scar The Martyr Announce Debut Record / Tour

Scar The MartyrJoey Jordison’s (Slipknot, Murderdolls) new band Scar The Martyr have announced their self titled debut record will land on October 1st via Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Rhys Fulber (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory) and featured Jordison on rhythm guitar, bass and drums, Henry Derek on vocals, Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) on keyboards, with Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) providing additional guitar work.

Full tour dates (with Danzig & Huntress):

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Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

Danzig

Deth Red Sabaoth

Evilive Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

As someone who has developed a taste for horror rock, I’ve gone about it completely backwards.  While those who have been into the genre for decades ultimately developed their taste around the inspiration ofMisfits founder and short-term member Glenn Danzig, I’ve done so while acquainting myself with those springing forth from his legacy rather than the man himself.  That being said, I have dabbled in Danzig’s earlier library, and generally quite liked the hard and heavy metallic horror demons found.  So naturally, given the chance, I was quite enthusiastic going into Danzig’s latest album, Deth Red Saboth.

Marking the man’s first new material in over six years, Deth Red Sabaoth, is a culmination of past styles and influences.  From what I understand, Danzig’s style has become harder with each passing release, with Deth Red Sabaoth, marking somewhat of a scaling back to the basics that defined his late 70’s early 80’s solo start.  That being said, the crunching metal riffs still sink their teeth in hard, with opener “Hammer Of The Gods” laying down some unearthly thunder.  Likewise, “Rebel Spirits” roars open like a bat out of hell, boasting one of the album’s meatiest and technical solos.  But hereafter the guitars retreat, allowing Danzig to truly embrace the cover of darkness.

The album’s high point comes five tracks in with “On A Wicked Night.”  Boasting the album’s moodiest intro sweep, Danzig elevates his legendary voice to the fore alongside a deathly silence only broken by the lone plucking of hallowed acoustics.  Singing the first chorus with little aid, he builds a picture perfect setting for a tale of deathly submission.  “Hey my lady in death/have you come for my last breath/I never thought that we were through/I bet you knew that I knew it too” croons Danzig, like a lost soul sensing his time is nie.  It’s one of those tracks I could loop without boredom for eternity…

Following this lead the band launches into a sustained state of gloom, making for an eerily soulless mid-record high.  “Deth Red Moon” settles on that elusive middle ground between acoustic and electric, throwing out and thriving on the power and imagery of a blood soaked horizon.  A few tracks later “Pyre Of Souls” emerges to the ritualistic chiming of bells like a specter conjured from beyond, enhanced by three minutes of harmonizing “oohhhhs” and mood-setting piano.  “Left Hand Rise Above” ends the record with Danzig’s biggest croon and unquestionable reminder of why after all these years he’s still the true king of darkness.

Deth Red Sabaoth’s morose later half certainly eclipses its heavy opening (his voice will always trump the supporting band), but through and through it’s unmistakably Danzig.  It goes without saying that Danzigdoesn’t break any new ground here, but as his first new album in six years, it just goes to show that he hasn’t missed a beat – even if the undead lord’s heart likely stopped doing so many moons ago.  A solid addition to lasting legacy.

Riot Fest Announce Danzig Legacy As Headliner

DanzigRiot Fest has formally announced Glenn Danzig to perform as headliner for Red Bull Riot Fest 2011. It is reported that Danzig will play a Legacy set containing songs from his solo career, Samhain days, as well as a special Misfits set with former Misfits guitarist and current Gorgeous Frankenstein member Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.

Danzig, who recently celebrated his 56th birthday on June 23rd, has enjoyed a career in the music industry for close to 35 years. His latest release, Deth Red Sabaoth, came out last year and was released on his label Evilive in conjuction with The End Records.

Videos: Danzig – On A Wicked Night

Gothic horror rocker Glenn Danzig has released a new video for the track “On A Wicked Night.”  The track comes from the former Mistfits frontman’s latest solo release Deth Red Sabaoth, released earlier this year on The End Records.

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Danzig Offering New Album Before Street Date

Danzig has announced that in addition to a June tour supporting his Deth Red Sabaoth album fans attending the shows can get ahold of the disc prior to the street date.  Deth Red Sabaoth will be released on June 22, 2010, but those fans who have a ticket to any of the east coast dates scheduled prior to June 22 will be able to buy the new album at the show.  As an added bonus, those who purchase Deth Red Sabaoth at one of these special Danzig shows will also receive – as long as they last – a collector’s edition CD single with two versions of the album’s first single, “On A Wicked Night,” complete with exclusive art work.  Only a limited number of the CD singles will be available.

   

New Danzig Song “On A Wicked Night” To Premiere This Weekend

A new Danzig song “On A Wicked Night” off of Deth Red Saboth will have its worldwide premiere this weekend (5/21-5/23) on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated metal radio program.  Another song “The Revengeful” will be premiered Monday, 5/24 on Sirius Satellite Radio.

To find a radio station near you airing the show, go to www.fullmetaljackieradio.com.


   

New Danzig Song "On A Wicked Night" To Premiere This Weekend

A new Danzig song “On A Wicked Night” off of Deth Red Saboth will have its worldwide premiere this weekend (5/21-5/23) on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated metal radio program.  Another song “The Revengeful” will be premiered Monday, 5/24 on Sirius Satellite Radio.

To find a radio station near you airing the show, go to www.fullmetaljackieradio.com.


   

Danzig Announces Tour With Gorgeous Frankenstein

Danzig

Glenn Danzig has announced a special nine-city concert trek that will kick off in Norfolk, VA on June 15.  The dates, played to usher in the release of Deth Red Sabaoth (evilive/The End Records), Danzig‘s first new studio album in six years, will feature long-time Danzig cohort, guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) and former Samhaim bandmate, bassist Steve Zing.  Support for the east coast dates will be Gorgeous Frankenstein, the band of original Misfits member Doyle, and Seventh Void, the band that includes of Danzig/Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly and Type O guitarist Kenny Hickey.

Deth Red Sabaoth is set for a June 22, 2010 release through .  Tour dates can be found below.

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Danzig Joins The End Records, Plans Ninth Studio Album

DanzigDanzig has signed to The End Records and will release his first new studio album in six years.  Deth Red Sabaoth, produced by Glenn and recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009, will be released on June 22, 2010. Frontman Glenn Danzig commented on the record:

I’ve been told several times that the album has a cool vitality to it, it sounds energized, and I got that feeling when I was recording it. I wanted it to have an organic sound, bigger and thicker, so I went out and bought some 1970’s Kustom tuck ‘n roll bass amps to play some of the guitar parts through. You’ll hear real reverb, real tremolo on this album, which sounds completely different than the stuff that’s done with computer chips.

His backing band features guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) and drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void). Glenn took bass duties for the recording and played drums on “Black Candy.” The trio plan to tour to support the record this year with dates promised shortly.

Deth Red Sabaoth marks Danzig’s ninth studio venture that began back in 1988 with the Rick Rubin-produced, Platinum-certified, Danzig.

   

Danzig Back With New Album

Danzig have announced the follow up to their previous 2004 release.  The new album will be titled Deth Red Sabaoth. The band has also announced some over seas tour dates which can be found below.



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