Glenn Danzig, from Lodi, NJ, began his career as a singer and songwriter in the mid-70s. He owns the record label Evilive and the comic book publishing company Verotik. Over the years, he has not only made his mark, but earned it.
His long awaited album “Skeletons” will be released through Nuclear Blast on November 27, 2015. Skeletons could not be a more fitting title. Glenn drew upon past influences throughout his music career to carefully compose an album to pay tribute to those who came before him. Many artists move up the music ladder with little reflection of how and or who comprised their recipe for achieving greatness.
Unless you have been living on a different planet, it is a well-known fact “Danzig” can afford the best of the best recording time in any studio. The discography of “Skeletons” stayed true to the garage band sound from beginning to end. Simply put it is unrefined Glenn Danzig. This, in my opinion, further pays tribute to the covers of the artists Glenn chose. It is likely the nostalgic sound of the album required additional work in the studio. When Danzig hits the stage performing “Skeletons,” I predict a live show that sounds amazing due to Glenn choosing to not refine the album with new technology.
The album artwork deserves a mention. This is the first time Danzig has put on his skeleton since his days with the Misfits. Although he did not do a “Misfit” cover, I can’t help but suspect this is his way of displaying his time as a misfit.
Glenn Danzig – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, songwriter
Tommy Victor – lead guitar
Johnny Kelly – drums, percussion
Steve Zing – bass guitar, backing vocals
1. "Devil's Angels" (Dave Allan & The Arrows)
2. "Satan (From Satan's Sadists)"
3. "Let Yourself Go" (Elvis Presley)
4. "N.I.B." (Black Sabbath)
5. "Lord of the Thighs (Aerosmith)
6. "Action Woman" (The Litter)
7. "Rough Boy" (ZZ Top)
8. "With a Girl Like You" (The Troggs)
9. "Find Somebody" (The Young Rascals)
10. "Crying in the Rain" (The Everly Brothers)
My first pick is Sabbath’s cover Nativity in Black (NIB). It is true to the influence of Sabbath, but with a punk-rock, garage band addition. The guitar riffs hit harder and drums are more pronounced. Danzig hits this one home with his vocal presentation. It blends his well-known sound with the sound of Sabbath in a show of respect, but with a personal Danzig touch.
Next up is ZZ Top’s “Rough Boy.” This track takes me back to my early childhood and depicts Danzig’s brave approach to change a few lyrics to make a classic hit more personal for him. Both bands are renowned for their success and still active. This song, for me, represented Danzig’s dedication to making this song his own while, at the same time, paying his compliments to ZZ Top for their contribution to music and to Danzig’s success.
In summary, Glenn Danzig has been both criticized and acclaimed for the release of “Skeletons.” The two most notable criticisms is, why would such a famous artist need to rely on nothing but covers and the recording of the album sounds unrefined and rough. I feel this album should be valued. Glenn Danzig, through a show of admiration, took time to show tribute to those who have influenced him throughout his career. He was also true to the sound of the time period with a rare approach. I feel his method to recording was to produce an album that depicts the era before a recording studio had the ability to make anyone sound like a rock star. True fans will appreciate his raw and from the soul efforts to show his reverence to some of the world’s greatest artists who have influenced his impact on the music scene.
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