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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Danzig / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2007-11-13 at Sony

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      08.01.2009 13:32
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      Whether it's The Misfits, Samhain or Danzig, I'm a big fan of Glenn Danzig's work, obsessed with weight lifting and a bit of nutter on stage, he also writes lyrics that mirrors his (possibly) tongue-in-cheek evil outlook! With a crooning voice quite similar to Jim Morrison's and a metal sound slightly comparable to early doom metal, yet retaining some classic rock sounds and a little bit of punk left over from The Misfits days. What ever you think about Glenn's lyrics, I think he's written some catchy corkers!

      Twist of Cain, Mother, Am I Demon, She Rides and Not of This World are 5 legendary metal tracks and all on the same album! These are some of the easiest sing a long tracks across the whole genre and whilst the album does fade in quality a little bit after She Rides, it's only very slightly and the band would be hard pushed to keep up putting out songs at the rate of the first 6 tracks. I love the riffs on this album, there are lots of catchy and expected ones that you can find in lots of metal but every so often it seems they pull out something really special that surprises you. The drumming is excellent and ranges from a heavy banging a gong like sound to short and fast drumming. Released in 1988 and just 40 minutes long, mark my words when I say that this is a true classic!

      1. "Twist of Cain" - 4:17
      2. "Not of This World" - 3:42
      3. "She Rides" - 5:10
      4. "Soul On Fire" - 4:36
      5. "Am I Demon" - 4:57
      6. "Mother" - 3:24
      7. "Possession" - 3:56
      8. "End of Time" - 4:02
      9. "The Hunter" - 3:31
      10. "Evil Thing" - 3:16

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      20.06.2008 19:04
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      Danzig's first album (1988).

      The self-styled Evil Elvis, Glenn Danzig's rock career is one I've enjoyed in its various incarnations, from his time fronting my favourite punk band the Misfits in their classic period through his brief work with Samhain and finally his successful 'solo' project that crosses into heavy metal territory. The first, self-titled release from Danzig is regarded as a classic of the genre, rooted in a Southern American doom rock style but retaining enough punk energy to keep things exciting, and adding touches of country music to complete the unique sound.

      Not all of these songs are instant classics of course, and indeed the album seems to slip in quality (or at least novelty) after the hit single 'Mother,' where it reaches its peak of fun. Songs like the compelling opener 'Twist of Cain,' 'Am I Demon' and 'Evil Thing' are all great examples of doom metal, while the torturously slow 'She Rides' and surprisingly upbeat 'Soul on Fire' balance things out with their country influence. Danzig's vocals are the driving force, varying between his Elvis croon and a more traditionally metal tone reminiscent of Metallica's James Hetfield, who himself reputedly performs backing vocals on select tracks. But for every inventive, immortal guitar riff, there are those such as dominate 'End of Time' that just sound like unimaginative AC/DC knock-offs.

      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. The Hunter (Albert King cover)
      10. Evil Thing

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      01.05.2004 00:17
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      Danzig is the first release by the band Danzig lead by former misfits frontman Glenn Danzig. The line up for this band is all follows: Glenn Danzig - Vocals, Lyrics (Misfits, Samhain) Eerie Von - Bass (Samhain) John Christ - Guitar (Samhain) Chuck Biscuits - Guitar (Black Flag) 0------0 Glenn 0------0 If you already havent heard of Glenn he is the very talented singer of the famous and incredibly influential late 70s/80s punk band called The Misfits. He has a powerful voice that carries a sort of Mississippi Delta/New Orleans twang, which complements the bluesy feel to the songs. He's an interesting and original, songwriter, most ofthe songs seeming to gloat how he is evil in one way or another, but with a sort of smirking, sexual, yet altogether tongue-in-cheek crooning. Often described as sounding very much like Elvis meets Jim Morrison. As the Misfits (as good as they were) not particularly good musicians, Glenn manages to use this line up to their full potential, for example John Christ's solos. 0------0 Style 0------0 This is a kind of heavy rock with a bluesy feel. The album sounds a bit like the Doors and AC/DC. But you can also here a definate Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin influence. However every song is different as you get the slow sinister heavily blues song like "She Rides", the classic hit "mother" with the catchy upbeat chorus and short solos, and classic metal sounds of "hunter" and "am i demon". Songs like "she rides" and "mother" are especially good as Danzig uses them to show off his brilliant singing voice. As for the guitars, they dont r eally use distortion, just a lot of gain, making the song a lot more easier to listen to for the average listener. There are some cool solos dotted around this album, some are short, long, simple, complicated. The whole range is good as the solos
      then suit the sing and the place in that song they're in 0-------0 Lyrics 0-------0 The lyrics are dark, but not in a demonic or evil sense. They are really original and pretty powerful on occaisions with references to religion as well as plenty of double meanings and ambiguity. The real great thing about the lyrics is how Glenn Danzig pulls them off. Often during the album he comes off sounding sarcastic. 0-----------0 Main songs 0-----------0 ------------- Twist of Cain ------------- This song has a rather simple and repetitive riff which carries the whole song as well as making the song very catchy. The verse sounds a bit like the verse to "smells like teen spirit" by nirvana. But its the chorus which will stick in your head for ages. I dont really understand the lyrics but there is a definate link to religion in them. "Twist of Cain "Yea drives my brain "Yea twist of Cain "Make me come alive ------ Mother ------ This is the song that Danzig are most famous for and did get a lot of airplay in the US and got in to the top 40 in the charts. This song is mid tempo with simple riffs with a few short solos. The chorus contains a chord progression which is often used in punk rock (although you probably wont notice unless you are punk mad like me). This is most easiest song to listen to and one of those songs which you would like even if you're not at all into metal. The lyrics are the only ones on the album which are not 'dark' and are m ore to do with things like censorship. Mother Tell your children not to walk my way Tell your children not to hear my words What they mean What they say ---------- Evil Thing ---------- Evil thing pretty much screams 70's rock. Its a pretty slow song with some impressive riffs. Warning is come up
      on your heels Feel your dreams slip away Take a little caution In the dead of night Let the darkness rise again ---------- She Rides ---------- The most bluesiest ( <- is that even a word?) song on th album. It was has a very interesting bluesy riff which plays through most of the song when there is no singing. The verse just has some heavy power chords through. I like this song becuase of the impressive singing. I love the way sings the world "sin", youve just hear it to see what lengths glenns voice can actually reach. She rides Let loose upon the world She is the night And my loneliness in bondage She's black And sin runs down her back She rides From the daylight in chains ----------------- Not of this world ----------------- This song has a slow verse with some heavy palm muting. It then switches to a more upbeat song which is similar to mother in the chorus. It a few cool guitar solos. And you think that you know The reason I'm alive Truth is you only Know the lies -------------------------------- Conclusion -------------------------------- I think this album is some of danzig's best work, it encompasses some consistantly excellent singing with some inventive lyrics. There is some good guitar work. The riffs on this album make it v ery catchy and you wont forget the songs in a hurry. It is a very listenable album as it not really heavy at all. Its more like 70's rock as opposed to metal, although there are aspects of quite a few styles used here. There is really not a weak track on this album and its pretty easy to play in its entirity with every listen. Id definately recommend this for anyone remotely interested in metal and most definately the avid metal fan.

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        03.02.2001 19:59

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        When Glenn Danzig decided to depart from the Misfits in the mid '80's, he went on to explore his dark side further in the band Samhain. In 1988, Samhain performed a transmutation into the dark metal band, Danzig. Featuring Glenn Danzig on vocals, John Christ on guitar, Eerie Von on bass and punk legend Chuck Biscuits on drums, Danzig was a unique sounding, evil band. Taking metal music to a whole new level, this record released on Def American records and produced by Rick Rubin, is an attestation to Danzig's greatness. Glenn's voice is what I like to term 'The Evil Elvis'. His voice is strong, a pure, and is very reminiscent of musicians like Jim Morrison, Billy Idol and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley. Danzig's songs ooze from the macabre. Dark subject matters, and evil laden themes are prevalent throughout the record. However, all this is done with a excellent bit of musicianship on the part of his band. Tight bluesy playing in addition to heavy metal chords are rampant all over this disc. From the opening drone of 'Twist of Cain', to the closing chords of 'Evil Thing', top to bottom this is a killer metal record. Prime songs on this record are, the metal classic 'Mother' (which he revived in 1993 to become a MTV and radio hit), "Am I Demon?", where Danzig evilly asks the question: "Am I beast, or Am I human, Am I Just like you?...", the phenomenal song 'She Rides', with its driving drumbeat and words like: "She slides, Down inside your skin, In time, She will make you scream, She's death...She Rides, In the night of your mind..." It is a sex laden, evil song, that is as enchanting as it is dark and magnificent. Other great cuts are "Not of this World", "Soul on Fire" and "Possession". Danzig is a band that has a sound perfected all their own. Uniquely melodic and
        listenable, they have a record here which is metal at its greatest. Danzig's brilliance in the Misfits and Samhain is totally evident here, as he totally varied his vocal delivery, and came out with a truly flawless style. The bands next three record after this one, "Danzig II: Lucifuge", "Danzig III: How The Gods Kill" and "Danzig 4P" are all equally fantastic, bluesy dark metal, all laden with incredibly engrossing tracks. The band pretty much disbanded after that. Glenn Danzig found new band members, and since then has put out two more records under the band name Danzig. This record, their first is their finest achievement. For the late 1980's this is a ground breaking, entertaining record that has a place in heavy metal history. If you are a fan of metal, punk, or just good music, Danzig is a band that should be heard. Don't let their mystique scare you. Danzig is an entertaining band no matter what. The Evil Elvis will never disappoint.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      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
      10 Evil Thing - Danzig