Danzig – “Deth Red Sabaoth”

Written by on August 5, 2010 in August 5, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Danzig – “Deth Red Sabaoth”

Release Date: June 22, 2010
Record Label: Evilive/The End Records
Rating Points: 7. 5 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Hammer of the Gods
  2. The Revengeful
  3. Rebel Spirits
  4. Black Candy
  5. On a Wicked Night
  6. Deth Red Moon
  7. Ju Ju bone
  8. Night Star Hel
  9. Pyre of Souls: Incanticle
  10. Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain
  11. Left Hand Rise Above

Danzig’s 9th studio album, “Deth Red Sabaoth,” was released on June 22, 2010 and produced by Glenn Danzig himself. It has been six years since Danzig’s last studio release, “Circle of Snakes,” in 2004. However, Glenn Danzig did release “Black Aria II” in 2006 and “The Lost Tracks of Danzig” in 2007.

On the CD, Danzig played piano, most of the bass, and even drums on “Black Candy.” Prong founder, Tommy Victor, who has toured and recorded with Danzig in the past, plays lead guitar and bass. And Type O’ Negative drummer Johnny Kelly, who has intermittedly played live shows with Danzig since 2002, recorded drums with Danzig for the first time. Former Samhain bass player, Steve Zing, is playing bass on the tour, which started with shows in Finland and Sweden, and includes nine U.S. dates.

The distinguished Danzig sound is very much alive on “Deth Red Sabaoth.” Glenn Danzig’s ‘Elvis Morrison’ growls and croons are as strong as ever, and the CD is loud, aggressive and erotic.

The 3rd track, “Rebel Spirits,” was the first song that really stood out to me. This song just grooves, and you can’t help but wanna rock out. It took a couple listens to decide how I felt about the crazy, screeching guitars, but now I think they fit in just right.

The first single, “On a Wicked Night,” is definitely one of my favorite songs on the CD. It begins as a bluesy acoustic ballad… very sultry and sexy. As I listened to Glenn’s captivating vocals, I felt like I was the ‘lady in black.’ Midway through the song, the band joins in and kicks it into full gear with Glenn back to belting out his powerful vocals.

“Ju Ju Bone” is upbeat, seductive and swampy.  The song starts with a bit of spoken word, and Glenn’s vocals sound even more like an ‘Evil Elvis’ than usual.

The CD takes an interesting turn with two-part song “Pyre of Souls.” The first part, “Incanticle” is eerily haunting and reminds me of something that should be on one of Glenn Danzig’s “Black Aria” solo CD’s…. It’s just Glenn crooning along with acoustic guitar and piano.  Then, the second part, “Season’s of Pain” erupts into a frenzy of electric guitar fury.

It’s great to have Danzig back in action, with a new studio release and summer tour.  Any Danzig fan will feel right at home with “Deth Red Sabaoth.” It’s a natural progression from where Danzig has been, and now the door is open again for more Danzig in the future. And in Danzig tradition, it’s music that you’ll wanna groove to.

For more information on Danzig see their official website: www.danzig-verotik.com

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