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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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  1.   Song
  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.   Black Mass
  12.   Evil Thing
  13.   Brand New God
  14.   Wicked Pussycat
  15.   I Luciferi
  16.   777
  17.   Cantspeak
  18.   Until You Call on the Dark
  19.   She Rides by Glenn Danzig
  20.   How the Gods Kill
  21.   Devil's Plaything
  22.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  23.   Thirteen
  24.   I'm the One
  25.   Let Yourself Go
  26.   Pyre of Souls: Incanticle
  27.   Bringer of Death
  28.   Girl
  29.   Sistinas
  30.   End of Time by Glenn Danzig
  31.   Pain in the World
  32.   Black Hell
  33.   Naked Witch
  34.   Do You Wear the Mark
  35.   Son of the Morning Star
  36.   Liberskull
  37.   Night Star Hel
  38.   You Should Be Dying
  39.   Blood and Tears
  40.   Rough Boy
  41.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  42.   Five Finger Crawl
  43.   Going Down to Die
  44.   Little Whip
  45.   Bodies
  46.   Crying in the Rain
  47.   Action Woman
  48.   Left Hand Rise Above
  49.   Hammer of the Gods
  50.   Deth Red Moon
  51.   Black Candy
  52.   The Mandrake's Cry
  53.   Cold, Cold Rain
  54.   Warlok
  55.   Bound by Blood
  56.   Who Claims the Soulless
  57.   Angel of the 7th Dawn
  58.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  59.   Without Light, I Am
  60.   Halo Goddess Bone
  61.   The Coldest Sun
  62.   Kiss the Skull
  63.   Dead Inside
  64.   God of Light
  65.   Underbelly of the Beast
  66.   Anything
  67.   Godless
  68.   Stalker Song
  69.   I Don't Mind the Pain
  70.   Killer Wolf
  71.   Lord of the Thighs
  72.   Deep
  73.   Invocation
  74.   I Know Your Lie
  75.   When Death Had No Name
  76.   With a Girl Like You
  77.   Satan
  78.   Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain
  79.   Come to Silver
  80.   It's Coming Down
  81.   When the Dying Calls
  82.   Tired of Being Alive
  83.   Unspeakable Shango Mix
  84.   Soul Eater
  85.   Malefical

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