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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. The following year saw Danzig reunite with the Misfits alongside Jerry Only, Doyle, Dave Lombardo, and Acey Slade for a pair of reunion shows at Denver's Riotfest, and in 2017 Danzig the band released their first studio album in seven years, Black Laden Crown. ~ Steve Huey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Twist of Cain by Glenn Danzig
  3.   Dirty Black Summer
  4.   Long Way Back from Hell
  5.   Her Black Wings
  6.   Left Hand Black
  7.   Snakes of Christ
  8.   Last Ride
  9.   Mother
  10.   Am I Demon by Glenn Danzig
  11.   Black Mass
  12.   Brand New God
  13.   The Hunter by Glenn Danzig
  14.   Evil Thing
  15.   Wicked Pussycat
  16.   I Luciferi
  17.   777
  18.   Cantspeak
  19.   Until You Call on the Dark
  20.   How the Gods Kill
  21.   She Rides by Glenn Danzig
  22.   Devil's Plaything
  23.   Killer Wolf
  24.   Kiss the Skull
  25.   Lord of the Thighs
  26.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  27.   Devil's Angels
  28.   I'm the One
  29.   Black Laden Crown
  30.   You Should Be Dying
  31.   Pain Is Like an Animal
  32.   Liberskull
  33.   Thirteen
  34.   Heart of the Devil
  35.   Girl
  36.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  37.   Dominion
  38.   N.I.B.
  39.   Buick McKane
  40.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  41.   End of Time by Glenn Danzig
  42.   Five Finger Crawl
  43.   Sistinas
  44.   Deth Red Moon
  45.   Let It Be Captured
  46.   It's Coming Down
  47.   Action Woman
  48.   Naked Witch
  49.   Bodies
  50.   Crying in the Rain
  51.   Satan
  52.   Black Hell
  53.   Rebel Spirits
  54.   Hammer of the Gods
  55.   Soul Eater
  56.   Cat People
  57.   The Coldest Sun
  58.   Dead Inside
  59.   Invocation
  60.   Come to Silver
  61.   The Violent Fire
  62.   When the Dying Calls
  63.   Anything
  64.   Bringer of Death
  65.   Going Down to Die
  66.   Pain in the World
  67.   Tired of Being Alive
  68.   When Death Had No Name
  69.   Without Light, I Am
  70.   I Know Your Lie
  71.   Left Hand Rise Above
  72.   The Revengeful
  73.   God of Light
  74.   Angel of the 7th Dawn
  75.   Am I Demon
  76.   Deep
  77.   Find Somebody
  78.   Let Yourself Go
  79.   The Mandrake's Cry
  80.   Malefical
  81.   Lady Lucifera
  82.   Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  83.   Underbelly of the Beast
  84.   Do You Wear the Mark
  85.   Godless
  86.   Stalker Song
  87.   Son of the Morning Star
  88.   Sadistikal
  89.   Little Whip
  90.   Black Candy
  91.   [Untitled]
  92.   Warlok
  93.   Cold, Cold Rain
  94.   Dying Seraph
  95.   Rough Boy