I’ve written about my rock idol worship style fandom of Danzig I thru IV, and at that time I described modern Danzig as a caricature. Was I being harsh? Probably. Was I completely inaccurate? I don’t think so. Point is, since Danzig IV I hadn’t paid much attention to Glen, and outside of that attempt at industrial music a few years back I hadn’t bothered with his newer music too much, either. Truth is, I probably wouldn’t have known of, much less ever heard Deth Red Sabaoth had in not been for Sean from Buzzgrinder and his #Danzigwatch2010 Twitter campaign. So, on the release date I bought the mp3’s totally prepared to listen once before deleting and giving Danzig I through IV a good listening to, but from the first artificial harmonic in the opening track, “Hammer of the Gods”, I knew this time…things may be different.
Yup. Finally. It took 16 years, but in this particular writer’s opinion Glen has finally released an album worthy of the moniker ‘Danzig V’. I acknowledge this could be a total overdose on nostalgia and modern metal or rock (or whatever they’re calling it these days), and kids may listen to this album and just hear a dated and tired sound. However, this particular 30-something finds everything he ever loved about Danzig-past present on this album. The artifical harmonics, the signature Glen wail, the dark lyrics, the bluesy-metal marching guitars. It’s all there in spades.
So, if you were a Danzig fan back in the day…check out Deth Red Sabaoth. If you’re a more modern metal or rock kid, tell me what y’all are thinking about it, ‘cause I can’t lie, I fucking love it.