Saturday, 11 September 2010

CD Review: II Lucifuge, by Danzig (1990)

If the idea of Elvis Presley saluting the devil to a heavy metal groove sounds just a bit strange, well, that's because it is.

The concept is also what makes Danzig unique, and when he mixes the right ingredients for his brand of crooning melodic evil, the results can shift from ridiculous to quite good, as they are on the first four tracks of II-Lucifuge.

Long Way Back From Hell, Snakes Of Christ, Killer Wolf and Tired Of Being Alive are a terrific, well-structured quartet that promise an epic album. Danzig infuses his booming voice with plenty of passion while guitarist John Christ provides strong of support. Chuck Biscuits (a front-runner for the award of best-ever name in metal) on drums and Eerie Von on bass lay down a powerful and dark foundation, suitable for the unapologetic devil glorification.

But unfortunately the ideas quickly run dry and the execution becomes repetitive. The rest of the CD, while never poor, gets bogged down in generally slow to mid-tempo droning.

Rick Rubin produced II-Lucifuge and he achieved the right sound combination of sparkly darkness. And don't miss other clever touches to scare away the parents, like the CD booklet unfolding in the shape of an upside down cross. But ultimately, there is only so much to say about the devil, and it ain't enough to fill an entire CD.


Glenn Danzig - Vocals
Eerie Von - Bass
John Christ - Guitars
Chuck Biscuits - Drums

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Long Way Back From Hell - 9
2. Snakes Of Christ - 9
3. Killer Wolf - 8
4. Tired Of Being Alive - 9
5. I'm The One - 7
6. Her Black Wings - 8
7. Devil's Plaything - 7
8. 777 - 7
9. Blood And Tears - 7
10. Girl - 7
11. Pain In The World - 7

Average: 7.73

Produced by Rick Rubin.
Engineered by Brendan O'Brien and Jim Scott.
Mixed by Martin Schmelze. Mastered by George Marino.

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