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During his time in the seminal hardcore band the Misfits, vocalist Glenn Danzig displayed a fascination with outlandish, graphic, often gory imagery; in forming the more heavy metal-oriented band Samhain, Danzig's lyrics delved into typical metal subject matter, but took the concept of darkness to an extreme. After the demise of Samhain, Danzig formed his own eponymous band with Samhain guitarist John Christ, ex-Rosemary's Babies drummer Eerie Von on bass, and longtime hardcore drummer Chuck Biscuits (D.O.A., Black Flag, Circle Jerks); this band would prove a more effective vehicle for Danzig's obsession with the dark side. While that obsession can seem cartoonish at times, there is more to the band than meets the eye -- Danzig obviously relishes casting himself as the menacing, evil heavy metal frontman, and his theatricality often seems to indicate that his posturing is not meant to be taken very seriously. At the same time, the darkness of Danzig's vision has increasingly expressed itself over the band's career in a heavily romanticized, brooding, gothic sensibility, more quietly sinister and darkly seductive than obviously threatening or Satanic, and the group's music progressed from simple, blues-based heavy metal riffs to more atmospheric, coldly haunting song textures that attempt to sonically replicate the feel of the lyrics. Glenn Danzig co-founded the Misfits in Lodi, New Jersey in 1977. When the hardcore band broke up in 1983, Danzig formed the metallic, brooding Samhain in order to experiment with different sounds, but that project imploded as well. The band Danzig was put together in 1987, and quickly inked a deal with Rick Rubin's Def American label. Their self-titled debut found Danzig playing the Satanic metal singer role to the hilt, even if the band's songs sounded much the same. Danzig II: Lucifuge followed in 1990, and it broadened the band's musical palette, expanding on the simple blues riffs of the debut with more extensive forays into that style. Danzig III: How the Gods Kill marked a full-fledged entry into the realm of gothic romanticism, working to create moods rather than pounding heavy metal aggression. "Dirty Black Summer" and "How the Gods Kill" became staples on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. Danzig next released a solo project, Black Aria, a quasi-operatic attempt at classical instrumentals depicting the fall of Satan from heaven. The band broke through into the mainstream in 1993, when a live video for "Mother," a song originally released on Danzig, became an inescapable smash on MTV and even charted as a single, nearly cracking the Billboard Top 40. Meanwhile, Danzig contributed a track entitled "Thirteen" to Johnny Cash's acclaimed 1994 effort American Recordings. The more experimental Danzig 4 was released in 1994 and entered the charts at number 29, but its quiet, moody, atmospheric subtlety didn't find as much favor with the band's new audience as the anthemic "Mother," while some longtime fans dismissed it as mellow and therefore commercial. During the supporting tour, Chuck Biscuits left the band and was replaced by Joey Castillo. Following the tour, Danzig broke up the band and formed a new version featuring ex-Prong guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor, drummer Castillo, and bassist Josh Lazie; this lineup released Blackacidevil on Halloween 1996. Blackacidevil was ignored by both the press and the public, falling out of the charts after a mere three weeks. 6:66 Satan's Child followed in 1999; Live on the Black Hand Side appeared two years later. In 2002 and 2004, Danzig released the stripped-down I Luciferi and Circle of Snakes, both returns to form that found the artist emulating the simplistic brutality of his 1988 debut. Black Aria II arrived in the fall of 2006. The band did a tour in 2008 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut before releasing their ninth album, Deth Red Sabaoth, in 2010. Skeletons, a ten-track collection of newly recorded covers that included Danzig-blasted renditions of Aerosmith's "Lord of the Thighs," the Everly Brothers' "Crying in the Rain," and Dave Allan & the Arrows' theme from the 1967 biker film "Devils Angels," arrived in 2015. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Danzig

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    1 song

    Classic Metal

    Classic Metal
    2 songs

    Metal Mosh Pit

    Metal Mosh Pit
    6 songs

Albums by
Danzig

Top Songs by
Danzig

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Twist of Cain by Glenn Danzig
  3.   Dirty Black Summer
  4.   Her Black Wings
  5.   Long Way Back from Hell
  6.   Left Hand Black
  7.   Snakes of Christ
  8.   Mother
  9.   Am I Demon by Glenn Danzig
  10.   The Hunter by Glenn Danzig
  11.   Evil Thing
  12.   Brand New God
  13.   Black Mass
  14.   Wicked Pussycat
  15.   I Luciferi
  16.   777
  17.   Devil on Hwy 9
  18.   Until You Call on the Dark
  19.   Cantspeak
  20.   She Rides by Glenn Danzig
  21.   How the Gods Kill
  22.   Tired of Being Alive
  23.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  24.   Devil's Plaything
  25.   Thirteen
  26.   Killer Wolf
  27.   I'm the One
  28.   Bodies
  29.   Going Down to Die
  30.   Stalker Song
  31.   N.I.B.
  32.   Buick McKane
  33.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  34.   Kiss the Skull
  35.   Five Finger Crawl
  36.   Do You Wear the Mark
  37.   Heart of the Devil
  38.   Godless
  39.   Rebel Spirits
  40.   Bound by Blood
  41.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  42.   Dead Inside
  43.   Deep
  44.   Action Woman
  45.   Lord of the Thighs
  46.   When Death Had No Name
  47.   With a Girl Like You
  48.   Rough Boy
  49.   Devil's Angels
  50.   The Revengeful
  51.   Night Star Hel
  52.   Hammer of the Gods
  53.   Deth Red Moon
  54.   Black Candy
  55.   White Devil Rise
  56.   You Should Be Dying
  57.   Soul Eater
  58.   Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  59.   Who Claims the Soulless
  60.   Angel of the 7th Dawn
  61.   End of Time by Glenn Danzig
  62.   God of Light
  63.   When the Dying Calls
  64.   I Don't Mind the Pain
  65.   Son of the Morning Star
  66.   Sadistikal
  67.   Bringer of Death
  68.   Little Whip
  69.   Pain in the World
  70.   Girl
  71.   Lick the Blood off My Hands
  72.   Come to Silver
  73.   Halo Goddess Bone
  74.   Underbelly of the Beast
  75.   Blood and Tears
  76.   Let Yourself Go
  77.   Satan
  78.   Black Hell
  79.   The Mandrake's Cry
  80.   Satans Crucifiction
  81.   Dying Seraph
  82.   I Know Your Lie
  83.   Cat People
  84.   Invocation
  85.   Trouble
  86.   The Violent Fire
  87.   Sistinas
  88.   Let It Be Captured
  89.   Unspeakable Shango Mix
  90.   Lady Lucifera
  91.   Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain