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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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Stations Featuring
Danzig

    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.   Long Way Back from Hell
  5.   Her Black Wings
  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.   Black Mass
  13.   Wicked Pussycat
  14.   I Luciferi
  15.   Brand New God
  16.   777
  17.   Cantspeak
  18.   Until You Call on the Dark
  19.   She Rides by Glenn Danzig
  20.   I'm the One
  21.   Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  22.   Godless
  23.   But a Nightmare
  24.   The Revengeful
  25.   Bound by Blood
  26.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  27.   Devil's Plaything
  28.   Sistinas
  29.   Going Down to Die
  30.   Last Ride
  31.   Blood and Tears
  32.   Let Yourself Go
  33.   Cat People
  34.   When the Dying Calls
  35.   How the Gods Kill
  36.   Girl
  37.   Bodies
  38.   Skulls & Daisies
  39.   Night Star Hel
  40.   Deth Red Moon
  41.   The Coldest Sun
  42.   Heart of the Devil
  43.   Dominion
  44.   Pain in the World
  45.   When Death Had No Name
  46.   Son of the Morning Star
  47.   Dead Inside
  48.   Halo Goddess Bone
  49.   Deep
  50.   Left Hand Rise Above
  51.   Rough Boy
  52.   Tired of Being Alive
  53.   Pull the Sun
  54.   Blackness Falls
  55.   Devil on Hwy 9
  56.   Crying in the Rain
  57.   Ju Ju Bone
  58.   The Mandrake's Cry
  59.   Cold, Cold Rain
  60.   Dying Seraph
  61.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  62.   End of Time by Glenn Danzig
  63.   Liberskull
  64.   Thirteen
  65.   Five Finger Crawl
  66.   Trouble
  67.   Do You Wear the Mark
  68.   Anything
  69.   Let It Be Captured
  70.   I Don't Mind the Pain
  71.   Little Whip
  72.   Bringer of Death
  73.   Black Hell
  74.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  75.   Malefical
  76.   Warlok
  77.   Action Woman
  78.   Black Candy
  79.   Am I Demon
  80.   Buick McKane
  81.   The Witching Hour
  82.   Killer Wolf
  83.   Find Somebody
  84.   Caught in My Eye
  85.   Without Light, I Am
  86.   Kiss the Skull
  87.   Invocation
  88.   Come to Silver
  89.   Underbelly of the Beast
  90.   It's Coming Down