Music Album Review: Danzing- Deth Red Sabaoth

For most of you who haven’t heard of this band, straight off the bat, they have been around for a long time now and frontman Glenn Danzig is a legend in the world of heavy metal. This is an album which harkens back the good ol’ days of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden in their prime. So does this kind of music hold up in this day and age? Let the music speak for itself.

This is Danzig’s first release in six years after 2004’s ‘Circle of Snakes’, and being a big fan of the band, its good to know that they have stuck to their roots and haven’t changed anything about their music. Danzig have always been known for sludgy, heavy rock tunes with Glenn’s signature voice. ‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ is no different. The opener ‘Hammer of the Gods’ is a very typical Danzig track, with heavy, overdriven riffs and Glenn in great vocal form. From the get go, the band’s fans know they are in familiar territory. The first half of the album is terrific, with the band mixing it up and sounding fresh even after six years. But the last few tracks are where it all begins to go downhill. Tracks like ‘Night Star Hel’ and ‘Left hand Rise above’ are obvious filler tracks that should not have been part of this album. The album spans just over fifty minutes and feels a little too overdrawn because of this. Had these two tracks been completely eliminated, it would have been a much tighter, cohesive effort. The lyrics are the usual Danzig fare, very bleak and dark, mostly consisting of mythological references, death, and rebirth and the trademark heavy metal fare. The outstanding tracks in this album are the title track and ‘On A Wicked Night’ which gets my vote for best metal track of the year already.

It’s always nice to listen to an album that isn’t afraid to stick to its old school roots in sound and production. Danzig has come back after a long hiatus, and made some very, very good, unpretentious music, which although at times, a little overdrawn, feels very refreshing in the era of indie rock and hip-hop. So, a definite thumbs up for this one. Buy it, rent it, the old school rock fans will lap this up in a second.

Rating: 8.0/10 (Very Good)

Track List

  1. “Hammer of the Gods” – 5:20
  2. “The Revengeful” – 4:10
  3. “Rebel Spirits” – 3:58
  4. “Black Candy” – 4:08
  5. “On a Wicked Night” – 4:02
  6. “Deth Red Moon” – 3:58
  7. “Ju Ju Bone” – 4:45
  8. “Night Star Hel” – 6:42
  9. “Pyre of Souls: Incanticle” – 3:18
  10. “Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain” – 7:17
  11. “Left Hand Rise Above” – 4:22

Danzig is:

  • Glenn Danzig – vocals, bass, guitar, piano, drums (on “Black Candy”)
  • Tommy Victor – guitar, bass
  • Johnny Kelly – drums

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