Friday, 20 September 2013 13:57

Metal Best Bet: Danzig

Written by  Joe Boomgaard
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Danzig, plus Danzig with Doyle (from the Misfits) wsg A Pale Horse Named Death, Texas Hippie Coalition and Butcher Babies
The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids
Oct. 23, 6 p.m.
$28.50 in advance, $32 day of show
16+, (616) 942-1328

Renowned kitty litter purchaser and punk/metal icon Glenn Danzig hits the road this year with his band in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the seminal Danzig album. Yes, that's the one with the original release of the overplayed, get-it-outta-my-head "Mother" on it — although it should be noted that the song didn't rocket into popularity until it was re-released in 1993 and PLAYED. TO. DEATH. on MTV. (Remember when MTV lived up to its name and actually played music videos? But I digress.)

"Mother" aside, the first Danzig album marked a dark, heavy evolution in frontman Glenn Danzig's sound, especially compared to the horror-punk of the Misfits and the punk-metal fusion in Samhain. Danzig was bluesy, Sabbathy metal with a plentiful dose of evil that really showed off the singer's chops. As the so-called "evil Elvis" of metal, Danzig proved the genre could be soulful — even if that soul was blacker than a shot of Jagermeister.

Not one to rest on the laurels of the album's success, the creative genius continued to morph the band's sound and styling, which even bordered on industrial erotica by the late 1990s, but stayed true to the brooding, melancholic themes that defined that first album. Danzig is as fresh and moody today as when it was released in 1988. With summer long gone and our journey through the death of fall in full swing, there could be no better soundtrack.

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