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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Danzig - Self Titled

A while back I looked at an album by the Misfits, whom for a period of time were lead by one Glenn Danzig. When that ended - another band called Samhain formed, which again was Mr. Danzig. When that split, the got a whole lot less creative and formed a band called Danzig. That was in New Jersey way back in 1987. The story goes, Samhain was performing their last show - when Glenn was approached by record exec Rick Rubin. Rubin didn't want Danzig's on stage persona and great vocal style to go to waste, so he offered him a concurrent deal. Rubin wanted to form a metal supergroup, which Glenn declined. He needed to bring along long time friend Eerie Von - and that's when the 'new' Danzig was formed. This particular album dropped in 1988 and has seen VERY modest success. I think everyone in the world has at least one time heard the single 'Mother' - which was pretty huge. Yet, this record has only sold 700,000 copies or so. And that fairly easily makes it the best selling Danzig record of all time. James Hetfield (Metallica) also makes a couple cameos on this record. He sings backup vocals on 'Twist Of Cain' as well as 'Possession'. Metallica was pretty huge in '88, so that's pretty cool. They've dropped a variety of album since this one, all seeing virtually no success and being less and less acclaimed by critics. Danzig to this day will do a couple bigger shows with other groups around the US. Nothing huge. I can't say I know much about them, but based on what I read and how I feel about this album - I won't kick up too much of a fuss about them. This album is classic metal, which is fun and a nice change up, but it's not a multi platinum record. Literally or figuratively. If you're up for that old school feel, toss it on. If not, wait for some other distant day.

1. Twist of Cain
2. Not of This World
3. She Rides
4. Soul on Fire
5. Am I Demon
6. Mother
7. Possession
8. End of Time
9. Hunter, The
10. Evil Thing

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Mother
2. Twist Of Cain
3. Evil Thing

2.25 out of 5 stars

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