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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.   Mother
  3.   Twist of Cain by Glenn Danzig
  4.   Dirty Black Summer
  5.   Her Black Wings
  6.   Long Way Back from Hell
  7.   Left Hand Black
  8.   Snakes of Christ
  9.   Evil Thing
  10.   Black Mass
  11.   Am I Demon by Glenn Danzig
  12.   The Hunter by Glenn Danzig
  13.   Wicked Pussycat
  14.   I Luciferi
  15.   777
  16.   Brand New God
  17.   Cantspeak
  18.   Until You Call on the Dark
  19.   She Rides by Glenn Danzig
  20.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  21.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  22.   Pain in the World
  23.   Hammer of the Gods
  24.   End of Time by Glenn Danzig
  25.   How the Gods Kill
  26.   I Don't Mind the Pain
  27.   Tired of Being Alive
  28.   Blackness Falls
  29.   N.I.B.
  30.   Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  31.   Thirteen
  32.   Anything
  33.   Dominion
  34.   Girl
  35.   Devil's Plaything
  36.   Bodies
  37.   Black Laden Crown
  38.   Last Ride
  39.   Action Woman
  40.   Soul Eater
  41.   Naked Witch
  42.   Kiss the Skull
  43.   When the Dying Calls
  44.   Killer Wolf
  45.   The Coldest Sun
  46.   Find Somebody
  47.   Lord of the Thighs
  48.   Dead Inside
  49.   Black Hell
  50.   Rebel Spirits
  51.   God of Light
  52.   Bringer of Death
  53.   Deep
  54.   Pull the Sun
  55.   With a Girl Like You
  56.   Let Yourself Go
  57.   Devil's Angels
  58.   Left Hand Rise Above
  59.   Deth Red Moon
  60.   Black Candy
  61.   Malefical
  62.   Pain Is Like an Animal
  63.   Angel of the 7th Dawn
  64.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  65.   The Violent Fire
  66.   Do You Wear the Mark
  67.   Heart of the Devil
  68.   Godless
  69.   I'm the One
  70.   Skulls & Daisies
  71.   Devil on Hwy 9
  72.   Satan
  73.   The Revengeful
  74.   Invocation
  75.   Five Finger Crawl
  76.   White Devil Rise
  77.   Eyes Ripping Fire
  78.   Buick McKane
  79.   Warlok
  80.   Rough Boy
  81.   Blood and Tears
  82.   Crying in the Rain
  83.   Satans Crucifiction
  84.   Unspeakable Shango Mix
  85.   Caught in My Eye
  86.   Bound by Blood
  87.   Come to Silver
  88.   Underbelly of the Beast
  89.   Sistinas
  90.   Stalker Song
  91.   Going Down to Die
  92.   Little Whip
  93.   [Untitled]
  94.   Let It Be Captured
  95.   Sadistikal
  96.   Lick the Blood off My Hands