Danzig's second album features more of the blues-influenced, Sabbath-themed metal that made them popular. Musically they are a major improvement over the basic sounds of their self-titled debut, and lyrically are just as playfully dark. John Christ really begins to show his guitar talents here. Eerie Von's bass is still simple but very effective, and Chuck Biscuits is coming along well as a drummer. Glenn Danzig himself has also polished his singing abilities and vocal range, and really creates some great songs here.
The album starts right off with "Long Way Back from Hell," a fast-paced riff piece with great bass and drums present. It is even with this song that it becomes clear that there is much more musical diversity on this album, as evident in songs such as "Devil's Plaything" (a great semi-ballad with slow, melodic verses and heavy, powerful choruses).
Other songs, such as "Killer Wolf" and "I'm the One" really emphasize Danzig's blues influences. Just listen to them to know what I mean. The latter song is acoustic-based, and is sometimes just the thing to listen to when you want to feel powerful. Ooh, I love that song. Also, "777" is an acoustic/clean-electric based blues rocker, complete with slide guitar in the chorus!
Finally, "Blood and Tears" is a piano/keyboard-peppered semi-ballad with sort of melancholic choruses and general feel, with mostly clean guitars and a nice, slower beat to it. Great solo from John Christ, too. This song is possibly the best on the album.
All in all, this album is not nearly as good as DANZIG III: HOW THE GODS KILL (that one is their absolute peak, in my opinion), but it is still quite good. This is where Danzig really begins to form similarities to the Doors as well as Black Sabbath.