Unholy Passion EP: Samhain

Rating: 90%

Samhain_Passion.jpgOver the weekend, I was able to pick up a copy on vinyl, this little treasure by one of my favorite bands, Samhain. The vinyl is splattered orange and is a reissue, but…at least I have a copy of it on vinyl now. I remember purchasing the 1990 version of this EP under the “Final Descent” album on cassette. Then the box set came in 2000, and I was able to get a copy on CD.

1985, saw the release “Unholy Passion” by Samhain. This was the second album to be released by the band. You have the one and only Glenn Danzig on vocals, keyboards, as well the guitar. Eerie Von on bass, Steve Zing on drums, and Damien on guitar.

Musically, this record sounds amazing on vinyl. The overall sound of the band is fantastic. The entire band sounds much tighter. It’s got a very rich guitar sound that doesn’t take away from the bass. The riffs are present as well as the structures themselves. You hear less of the Punk structure with the band moving more into the direction of Rock and Heavy Metal. Lyrically, it’s much darker than the “Initium” debut. Glenn’s vocal style is more of what he has been known in the band Danzig. 

Overall, if you a fan of anything that Danzig has ever done, then this is a great addition to the collection. I have been a fan ever since 1988, and it didn’t take long before I discovered the other bands that Danzig was with. Even though, Samhain more or less changed it’s name to Danzig, so, one might say the other band Glenn was with.

Track listing:

Side A
1. “Unholy Passion” 3:10
2. “All Hell” 2:19
Side B
1. “Moribund” 1:43
2. “The Hungry End” 3:06
3. “I Am Misery” 3:40

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Black Hell: Danzig

Rating: 95%

DanzigBlackHell12Web.jpg“Black Hell” was released on the sound track for the 2011 movie “The Hangover Part II.”  It opens on a lone almost out of tune and heavily distorted guitar. Then Glenn’s classic low vocal style, almost to the point of a spoken word, comes in. Between the vocal and the guitar, the song becomes a very dark, eerie, and evil to listen to.

The lyrics are very dark. The music and song structure is also very dark. The song itself has a great slow and mid level tempo. The chorus has some outstanding harmony between the vocals and the music itself. This is classic Danzig at it’s best.

Box Set: Samhain

Rating: 100%

SamhainboxIn 2000, Glenn Danzig released the box set for his formal band, Samhain. Although, not much in the way of unreleased material, the box set basically released the Samhain catalog that had been out of print for several years. Although, I had three of the five albums in this box set on cassette, this was an awesome release for me to grab the day this was package as a box set. I paid $40 for this the day it came out, and now, you can’t buy this box set for under $100 and most of the CDs are again, out of print.

Let’s break down the box set. The VHS live recording it comes with, the sound and video quality sucks. But you do get a chance to see this band on stage in their prime. The comic book that came with the box set is pretty cool too! Other than that, the rest is CDs.

The quality of the CDs is pretty good. Some of them were remastered, such as “Unholy Passion” due to Glenn laying out new guitar tracks. It also contains some material that went over to the actual Danzig band. Such songs as “Twist of Cain”, “Trouble”, and “Possession.” Now, with that being said, there is a good amount of Samhain material floating around out there, that is not part of the box set, including a very early version of “Archangel.” I had to download that.

What makes this box set so special is the fact that you finally got a chance to covert your cassettes for CDs. That is what made me happy about this box set. My old tapes were so chewed up and beaten up to the point, that I wasn’t able to enjoy the music. That’s why I rated this as 100%. Samhain wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this box set bridges the gap of the glorious Misfits and the actual Danzig band.

Track listing:

Initium (Disc One)
“Initium” / “Samhain”
“Black Dream”
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“Macabre”
“He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named”
“Horror Biz”
“The Shift”
“The Howl”
“Archangel”

Unholy Passion (Disc Two)
“Unholy Passion”
“All Hell”
“Moribund”
“The Hungry End”
“Misery Tomb”
“I Am Misery”

Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire (Disc Three)
“Diabolos ’88”
“In My Grip”
“Mother of Mercy”
“Birthright”
“To Walk the Night”
“Let the Day Begin”
“Halloween II”
“November’s Fire”
“Kiss of Steel”
“Unbridled”
“Human Pony Girl”

Final Descent (Disc Four)
“Night Chill”
“Descent”
“Death…In Its Arms”
“Lords of the Left Hand”
“The Birthing”
“Twist of Cain”
“Possession”
“Trouble”
“Lords of the Left Hand: 2nd Version”

Samhain Live ’85-’86 (Disc Five)
“All Hell”
“Samhain”
“The Shift”
“The Howl”
“Unholy Passion”
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“I Am Misery”
“The Hungry End”
“Horror Biz”
“He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named”
“Black Dream”
“Death Comes Ripping”
“Mother of Mercy”
“To Walk the Night”
“Halloween II”
“In My Grip”
“London Dungeon”
“Archangel”

Live VHS
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“The Shift”
“Unholy Passion”
“Black Dream”
“The Hungry End”
“I Am Misery”
“Horror Biz”
“Moribund”
“All Hell”
“London Dungeon”
“Archangel”
“Mother of Mercy”
“To Walk the Night”
“Samhain”
“Moribund”
“Black Dream”

Deth Red Sabaoth: Danzig

Rating: 90%

Deth_Red_Sabaoth.jpgIn 2010, Danzig released this interesting gem. This album has a lot of catchy lyrics, great beats, and sounds pretty good. The material mixture is somewhat carried over from “Circle of Snakes” which isn’t a bad thing. This album seems to go a bit beyond the material of the previous album. It features a lot of solos and leads. Think of the basics and that there makes this a good album. Besides, this album has some really interesting song titles, such as “Black Candy” in which Glenn plays all instrumentation, and “JuJu Bone.”

John Kelly is a nice added bonus to the drumming spot. Recording in the studio is Tommy Victor on both the guitar and bass. Mixing seems to be pretty even keeled as far as the final product. Glenn’s vocals are decent and not strained. There’s a lot of good tempos, riffs, and leads. Overall, this is another good album with lots of harmony and melody.

Track listing:

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