DANZIG - The Lost Tracks Of Danzig

Danzig - The Lost Tracks Of Danzig

26 songs
115:20 minutes


Even if Glenn Danzig’s first bands Misfits and Samhain were more aimed at a punk and goth audience, his Danzig career has been more adequate for the metal community. There have been a lot of great Danzig albums (debut, How The Gods Kill, I Luciferi,…), and after ten regular albums released between 1988 and 2006, Danzig publishes now a compilation of unreleased material dating from 1987 to 2006.

Danzig doesn’t see these songs as throwaways, rather these 26 items didn’t have the right concept to be put onto an album. Some songs which had already been written years ago were only recently recorded for this two disc compilation, planned already since 1999. On a two hour long album, there are of course hits and misses. The album contains three cover versions. The songs by T-Rex and The Germs work well, the David Bowie cover version (Cat People) is disappointing as Glenn Danzig doesn’t have the right voice for this song.

I don’t have enough time and space to write something about every track. Danzig’s repertoire is quite big with hard rock songs, doomy and sludgy tunes, raw and noise tracks and even some lo-fi ballads. Even if the first CD is still entertaining, the second one is far. There are no new elements and the entire spectacle soon becomes repetitive. Furthermore there are some real boring tracks like Bound By Blood, Malefical, Lady Lucifera and Unspeakable Shango Mix. There is one severe blackout on the first disc, even if it’s not about the music, but about the lyrics: White Devil Rise is a primitive racist diatribe against Islam that puts Danzig in a light no better than the fundamentalists he's attacking.

The Lost Tracks Of Danzig is mainly aimed at diehard fans, who will definitely need this piece in their collection. Anyone else should better listen to the regular Danzig albums which are far better if you don’t consider the two Black Aria albums, but that still means that eight great Danzig albums are more valuable than these lost tracks.

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