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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.
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Glenn Danzig is a very talented singer. He has a powerful voice that carries a sort of Mississippi Delta/New Orleans twang, which complements the bluesy feel to the songs. He's an interesting, if not original, songwriter, most of the songs seeming to gloat how he is evil in one way or another, but with a sort of smirking, sexual, yet altogether tongue-in-cheek crooning. It's like Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison meet Christopher Lee...if that makes any sense.
The riffs and patterns are simple, the subject matter dark and somewhat silly, but this is very good stuff from a fairly straightforward hard rock band. There is a distinctly bluesy feel to the album and many of the songs. Take, for instance, "Twist of Cain." Such a simple and repetitive song, but I'll be damned if it isn't catchy ("Yea, twist of Cain, yeah, drives my brain, yea..." - with the blues rhythm and voice, how can that NOT be catchy?!). Also, "She Rides" is especially bluesy. And of course, there's the now-classic hit "Mother" (which would not gain fame until 1993), with its brief but dazzling solos and, of course, catchy chorus. Just about every song on here is catchy.
In some ways this particular Danzig album reminds me of the Doors (a la the crooning) and AC/DC (the bluesy but heavy rock). However, unlike the latter band, most of Danzig's songs aren't clones of one another.
This is a terrific album. It's catchy and fun; evil at its best.
And to whoever complained that this album was lacking in intellectual depth, I have only this to say: Since when is metal music supposed to enrich your understanding of the human condition? If anything, it was made to personify several generations for whom the human condition was a complete moot point to self-absorbed solipsism.
SOUTHERN DARK HARD ROCK is the way I would describe his music and DANZIG I is the album that started it all after Misfits and Samhain.
Great rythm guitars with riffs that stay in your mind from the first time you listen to them.
Great lead guitars by John that gives lessons of how you can be a great guitarist without playing your ass out (watch new gen Timmo and Yngie) but still making sense.
Combine Jim Morrison's vocals with that of the King and what do you have??? EVIL ELVIS!!! I love the irony and the despair in Glen's voice.
Twisted evil lyrics that match with the music. I don't know if the lyrics and the whole picture didn't make him attracted to the larger masses but I am glad that the album is just the way it is.
If you like hard rock, heavy metal try this album and you won't be dissapointed. Then if you like this one know that the second album LUCIFUGE is even better that the first one with the third and fourth following in close distance.
I just wish Danzig would read so much comic books and lose time with making Blackacidevi and the mediocre Son of Satan when in the past he has influenced a whole music move.
Eerie Von from Samhain, John Christ on guitar- who made
a guest appearance on Samhain's finale "Final Descent",
Chuck Biscuits formerly of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and
other seminal punk act;on drums and of course ol' Glenn himself
on vox. THis is a different sound for Glenn seeing as
Glenn made a career out of horror-punk. While the subject
matter stays true to form- the music takes on a classic
metal/rock approach. Crossing over to the 70's metal of
Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin while mantaining simplicity
in riffing and arrangments. There's plenty of guitar noodling
courtesy of John Christ who unlike players from Glenn's past
is more than just competent at his instrument. Chuck also
fine tunes the rhythm section while Chuck isn't playing thrash
drum lines he shows more than once he has chops more so than previous
drummers of Danzig. What about the vocals you ask?
Well- they are still pretty true to form of Glenn sounding at
times more like Morrison than ever. Most people will get this
because Danzig's top 40 track "Mother" is on here. But there are
some other killer songs: "TWist of Caine", "End Of Time" so forth. Perhaps the track that sticks out the most is "Possession"
which sounds like Samhain could've easily done the song.(And they did I come to find out!) Are there things that bother me about this release? Yeah the guitar could use a little more gain at times it sounds like John is using the clean channel and just
decided to crank the gain instead hitting overdrive. John distortion is your freind! Otherwise this is worth picking up.
Most recent customer reviews
Former Misfits and Samhain singer Glenn Danzig turned out this solo self titled debut which found the perfect melody and mix of blues and metal. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by N. Durham
Very weak. The lyrics are pedestrian,music is nondescript,and the evil schtick is old,tired,and phoney. Danzig is NO stranger to the knockout. Avoid this. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
This is easily Danzig's most straight forward album of his solo career. The most straight forward Misfits is Earth A.D. and the most straight forward Samhain is Final Descent. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Joseph Johnson
This is the debut album that started one of the world's most prominent heavy metal bands, Danzig. Formed by ex-Misfits singer Glenn Danzig, with his trademark down-tuned drawl,... Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Offensive Donkey
This is THE hard rock album to own. If you want aggressive vocals and a good rock guitar sound that doesn't sound like radio garbage, try this. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
Heavy Metal Classic. Danzig is the King. Who said he was better than Ozzy, though? Whatever. This CD rocks!!!
MOTHER. MOTHER. MOTHER.
Buy this and Lucifuge right now. Two of my favorite cd ever.Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Cold and Ugly
Glenn Danzig left the best band in the world, The Misfits, in 1983 - and formed a new band, the fantastic, utterly fabulous Samhain (2nd best band in the world, heh). Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by WeAre138
Ozzy is over rated,and he is the so called prince of darkness, so Danzig must be the King,because he's way better thean Ozzy. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Danzig666