Danzig
"Deth Red Sabaoth"

(Evilive/The End Records 2010)Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

Long before tweens, teens and seemingly everyone else was inexplicably bewitched by vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night, there was Glenn Danzig. The patron saint of gothy gloom and doom, Danzig must be immortal because he’s got yet another album to add to his lengthy resume. “Deth Red Sabaoth” is the ninth Danzig studio album and their first in six years. With such a long wait, it ought to be a damn good album, right?

Danzig kicks off the album packing a heavy punch. “Hammer Of The Gods” and “The Revengeful” are the expected and standard Danzig fare but with pseudo-industrial squeaking effects, busy guitar work and pounding percussion. The slow grinding but no less thundering “Black Candy” is mesmerizing as it keeps the album’s momentum going before one of the album’s strongest tracks, “On A Wicked Night” takes things down a slightly different route. “On A Wicked Night” starts off minimally, as a darkly melodic goth folk, if you will, before electrifying and growing to a strengthening beast showing off solid songwriting.

For all those pessimistic, nay saying music fans, boy, do I have a surprise for you. If you don’t want to read this, look away now: the album isn’t bad. Sure, it’s not classic Danzig but it’s a surprisingly decent and relatively solid effort and one worth checking out. Danzig’s trademark sound permeates “Deth Red Sabaoth” and that’s what makes it work. Danzig’s “Deth Red Sabaoth” is more than a one listen record and, if you’re anything like me, one you’ll find yourself playing again and again.

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