Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth review
|Album:||Deth Red Sabaoth|
|Release date:||June 2010|
01. Hammer Of The Gods
02. The Revengeful
03. Rebel Spirits
04. Black Candy
05. On A Wicked Night
06. Deth Red Moon
07. Ju Ju Bone
08. Night Star Hel
09. Pyre Of Souls: Incanticle
10. Pyre Of Souls: Seasons Of Pain
11. Left Hand Rise Above
This is Glenn Danzig, you may remember him from such great rock n' roll albums as Walk Among Us and Danzig II: Lucifuge...Or perhaps you won't.
It's really no secret this man ain't what he used to be. Since the loss of the classic Biscuits-Von-Christ line-up, Danzig albums have taken a progressive downward spiral from mediocre to crap. Luckily, some genuine inspiration must have struck Glenn long enough to put the comic books down and churn out a new album after 6 years (4 if you count Black Aria). From his punk days in The Misfits to the first few Danzig albums, he has proved that his music works best in a stripped down form. This is the first album where his thicker production attempts actually proved somewhat successful. Granted, the mixing on this album is absolutely piss-poor, but the new songs show depth nonetheless.
Depth is definitely the best improvement Deth Red Sabaoth has in relativity to pretty much any other Danzig albums. Heavily distorted guitars interspersed with a grungy blues sound is simultaneously a throwback to older albums, yet a maturing sound at the same time. For anyone who is familiar with Glenn Danzig in the slightest knows of his cartoonish fascination with the dramatically dark & evil, and for the first time in his entire catalogue it sounds like he truly grasped the atmosphere he was reaching for. Not your typical "gothic" type evil found so rampantly in metal, but closer to that deep south, delta blues, sell-your-soul-at-the-crossroads type evil - an atmosphere which really compliments what's left of Glenn Danzig's voice.
For anyone hoping for a full-blown comeback, don't hold your breath. It's safe to say the man's voice is shot for good, and the production is pretty atrocious at times (almost sounding like unmastered demo tracks quite frequently). On the contrary, the songs themselves are great, the atmosphere is there and it's definitely an improvement. Deth Red Sabaoth is certainly worth checking out if you're a fan of previous works from Danzig, but I somehow doubt new fans to the band (and the man) will quite understand this one.
||Written on 26.07.2010 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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