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“The Lost Tracks Of Danzig” by Danzig

Artist: Danzig
Title: “Lost Tracks Of Danzig”
Label: 7/10/2007
Release Date: Evilive Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

Glen Danzig’s newest release will be half treasure hunt and half an incredible reminder of the singer’s earliest work and its all done with music that you have never heard before in your life. How did he accomplish this well the answer is quite simple because based on his rather prolific writing nature he was one of those performers who always had far more material than was needed on any particular album. Given the restrictions of time on each recording the singer would pick and choose that which he felt best fir the album and leave these other tracks to be used in some fashion on another day. They were by no means throwaway tracks which you will find clearly evident in excellent numbers like “Cold, Cold, Rain” and “Angel Of The Seventh Dawn” among many others. The tracks are for the most part on the raw side as no real re-mastering seems to have been done to them but that’s ok because better to have the music in this fashion as opposed to not having them at all. Without laboriously going over every single track I will say that there are more winners on this collection than losers. I loved the T-Rex cover of “Buick McKane” since it had such a solid groove going on, and I admit that I hated “White Devil Rise” based on the redundancy of the verse and chorus. Yes the subject matter is a tad risqué on that one and you can read it in the books liner notes but it didn’t do anything for me except for the slightly psychedelic section. There’s a tune that was written for Johnny Cash in “Come To Silver” which apparently the late legend was crazy about and there is even a rendition of the David Bowie number that was always a personal favorite of mine with “Cat People”. Danzig’s version is far different from that of the Thin White Duke. He experiments again into the psychedelic with “Crawl Across Your Killing Floor” and gets slightly Gothic Industrial for “Caught In My Eye” and all of them show that this is something that everyone who ever followed the singer at any point in his career should have in their collection.
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Danzig @ The Spirit Club (3/1/2005)

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Artist: Danzig
Venue: The Spirit Club NYC
Opener: Trivium, Kataklysm
Label: Evil 9 Records
Date: 3-1-2005

Metal Icon Glen Danzig returned to New York for a show at the Spirit Entertainment Center, a totally cool club in New York that I have not attended until this particular show. The show would prove to be chock full of surprises to say the least. For not only was Type-O-Negative drummer Johnny Kelly handling the chores on the drum kit but it was also disclosed that the show would feature another very special and historic musical guest.

Kicking off the evening was Trivium, a Roadrunner act who was promoting their latest piece of metal. I enjoyed them more this time around than when I first saw them opening for Iced Earth last year. Lots of old school feel in the Nu-Metal styling of these guys. Worthy of a look see. Just before Danzig was the band Kataclysm, who while proclaiming themselves a Death Metal band did not impress me as much as the previous weeks show of Behemoth/Suffocation. They did everything right in the Death Metal sense, however, there was not as much presence as I had recently absorbed.
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