For the five years I've been reviewing products and two years before amazon.com changed to the "Registered User" format, we still don't have half-star options and likely won't see them. While Danzig took his music in an industrial-laced direction for his fifth solo release, the loss of his original lineup hits this album hard. Gone is John Christ's soulful guitar, and while Jerry Cantrell is an excellent replacement, he appears only on a handful of songs. Perhaps driven as much by production as outright musicianship, Blackacidevil comes across as both uneven and forced. Far heavier than any previous Danzig release, the industrial influence detracts from the overall effort by mixing Danzig's vocals to the back, leaving them faint in most cases and downright unlistenable on the title track. Joey Castillo's frantic drumming takes center stage on most occasions and while he fulfills his duties seemingly as well as Chuck Biscuits, the fact that he even has to is a testament to how badly this album needed a boost. Despite the over-production and inconsistent songwriting, Blackacidevil still has a few standouts, such as the hard-driving "7th House," the Blood-and-Tears-esque "Ashes," and the brilliant "Come to Silver," featuring the aforementioned Jerry Cantrell. Blackacidevil is not a good starting point for the novice Danzig fan, but long-time listeners and die-hards should find enough on this album to satisfy their hunger for more sex-and-Satan imagery.