DANZIG - III - How the Gods Kill
Def American Recordings
A solid follow-up to the awe-inspiring “II – Lucifuge”, DANZIG hits the heavy metal scene again circa 1992, but hey, it's never too late to celebrate a 25 year anniversary of a well appreciated release. Glenn is back at it with his notorious vocal outputs and the rest of the band that was with them for the first three albums as well. So yeah, you'll hear the heavy blues influenced John Christ, the rubble ling of Eerie Von's bass, and sick drum outputs by Chuck Biscuits. The music is quite admirable, notably "Dirty Black Summer." There were more, but that one (to me) stood out the most out of the whole album. The tempos vary, some songs are slow, meaning tempo-wise. Some filled with vigor. All of them are very dark indeed though. But that's what the whole reason for this concept that they've chosen for the album.
I like DANZIG's vocals the most. Not that the music wasn't that great, it's just that I've liked him ever since THE MISFITS. I think that he did the heavy metal community just founding this band and making a sick-ass influence on it. No the guitars aren't super-fast, the drums mild-tempo filled and Glenn's voice just suits this whole quartet.
But hey, the lyrics I'm not big on. In fact, I don't like them. As long as I can appreciate the music, that's good enough for me. But really, this is a band whose whole essence is dark music. You wouldn't want to buy it if it was otherwise in the heavy metal spectacle.
The sound? I mean the production quality that was superb. Just everything mixed in well. Glenn's voice was overpowering, but you can still hear the riffs. The energy Glenn has is amazing. He fuels his band to the limit. And the fact that they're going to release a new album sometime soon this year (2017) shows what a 61-year old man can still hack it. This is an album that should've been reviewed long ago.
If you've never heard of it before and you're a newbie in the heavy metal scene, YouTube it and see if it strikes a note in you. Enough to want to order the physical CD. That way you can assess, and if you like it, purchase the album. That way you can play it whenever!!
Ryan “Death8699” Fanucchi