This fourth effort is indicative of soft dying. I rank this as the most soothing manner in which to approach the ideas of: deranged stalkers and killers, false hope, sadism, the birthing thoughts of "The Morning Star", the hardship of existing in this time, the thoughts of a man about to die, the treachery of love, and along with other subjects, the true murderous essence of what god is.
The beauty of this music is comparable to that of the "angel of light" which is the disguise for the devil himself. This album was the last from the original members since the inception of the band in 1988.
Chuck Biscuits: Drums,
John Christ: Guitars,
Eerie Von: Bass, and of course,
Glenn Danzig: Vocals, Guitars, and Piano.
This release, in my opinion, is the greatest effort as a band from the original Danzig. They seemed to have reached the status of one entity. It is amazingly well orchestrated and composed. A feeling of great comfort/despair is driven into your soul with the influence of Glenn's beautiful voice and instrumentation. Time and reason stands in awe of this piece of genius which captures your soul and demands it to comprehend the brutal reality of its message.
1)Brand New God
4)Going Down To Die
5)Until You Call On The Dark
7)Bringer Of Death
9)Son Of The Morning Star
10)I Don't Mind The Pain
12)Let It Be Captured
If you have read any of my other reviews you will know that I am not at all disappointed in the musical direction which Glenn has decided to take. His newest efforts are incredibly good and deserve the recognition of his true fans as the greatest work to date. Although, this compilation of songs holds a very elite place in my heart and always will. There is an inspirational influence which is undeniable and soothes the ravenous beast without taking its integrity away.
If you are new to the artist and would like to get a better feel for what he is and what he has done, I suggest you start with this album then go out and buy the first three for a soluble comparison of the older and newer releases of the original members of Danzig.
1)Danzig (self titled)
2)Danzig II - Lucifuge
3)Danzig III - How The Gods Kill
The New Danzig is a new breed of music which is very unfairly compared to the band of old, considering that it is made up of an entirely different group of individuals (other than Glenn Danzig of course) who have their own qualities as musicians. Their sound is extremely refined and has electronic elements imbedded into its base.
Speaking of their Electronically Based Efforts, the next logical step would be to purchase Danzig 6:66 Satan's Child, so as to not be completely overwhelmed with Electrical Shock when you finally purchase Danzig 5, BlackAciDevil. Be warned, 5 is very experimental and very different from any thing else you will have heard from this living legend, Glenn Danzig.