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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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  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.   Brand New God
  12.   Evil Thing
  13.   Black Mass
  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.   Soul on Fire by Glenn Danzig
  22.   Not of This World by Glenn Danzig
  23.   Devil's Plaything
  24.   Tired of Being Alive
  25.   Blood and Tears
  26.   Find Somebody
  27.   Girl
  28.   Thirteen
  29.   Do You Wear the Mark
  30.   Killer Wolf
  31.   I Know Your Lie
  32.   Cat People
  33.   Dominion
  34.   The Coldest Sun
  35.   Liberskull
  36.   Pyre of Souls: Incanticle
  37.   God of Light
  38.   I'm the One
  39.   Let Yourself Go
  40.   The Revengeful
  41.   Black Candy
  42.   Buick McKane
  43.   Warlok
  44.   Let It Be Captured
  45.   With a Girl Like You
  46.   Bodies
  47.   N.I.B.
  48.   Devil's Angels
  49.   Left Hand Rise Above
  50.   Cold, Cold Rain
  51.   Soul Eater
  52.   Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  53.   Bound by Blood
  54.   Halo Goddess Bone
  55.   Dead Inside
  56.   Five Finger Crawl
  57.   Heart of the Devil
  58.   I Don't Mind the Pain
  59.   Pain in the World
  60.   Without Light, I Am
  61.   Angel of the 7th Dawn
  62.   Crying in the Rain
  63.   [Untitled]
  64.   Sistinas
  65.   Satans Crucifiction
  66.   When the Dying Calls
  67.   Deep
  68.   Rough Boy
  69.   Rebel Spirits
  70.   Night Star Hel
  71.   White Devil Rise
  72.   The Mandrake's Cry
  73.   Lady Lucifera
  74.   Dying Seraph
  75.   Caught in My Eye
  76.   Who Claims the Soulless
  77.   Possession by Glenn Danzig
  78.   Kiss the Skull
  79.   Invocation
  80.   Come to Silver
  81.   Underbelly of the Beast
  82.   Trouble
  83.   Anything
  84.   Godless
  85.   Stalker Song
  86.   Bringer of Death
  87.   Going Down to Die
  88.   Little Whip
  89.   Hammer of the Gods
  90.   You Should Be Dying