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After the first breakup of The Misfits in 1983, Glenn Danzig continued making music in the proto-horrorpunk vein with the band Samhain, which in turn evolved into the band Danzig by 1987. Initially playing blues-based metal, Danzig has gone from doom metal (How The Gods Kill) to industrial ('Blackacidevil) and back again (I Luciferi onward), all the while keeping Glenn's phlegmatic howl and lyrical obsession with the occult at the forefront.

'Classic' Lineup

  • Glenn Danzig (vocals)
  • John Christ (guitar, 1988-1995)
  • Eerie Von (bass, 1988-1995)
  • Chuck Biscuits (drums, 1988-1994)


  • Danzig (1988)
  • Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990)
  • Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992)
  • Thrall: Demonsweatlive (1993)
  • Danzig 4p (1994)
  • Blackacidevil (1996)
  • 6:66 Satan's Child (1999)
  • Live on the Black Hand Side (2001)
  • I luciferi (2002)
  • Circle of Snakes (2004)
  • The Lost Tracks of Danzig (2007)
  • Deth Red Sabaoth (2010)
  • Skeletons (2015)
  • Black Laden Crown (2017)


"Mother, Tell Your Children Not To Trope My Way:"

  • Berserk Button: He pressed that of a North Side Kings member and got kayo'd for the effort.
    • Also, yelling while carrying a hot bowl of soup backstage on a festival led to someone from Def Leppard sneaking behind him and kicking his ass.
  • Cover Album: Skeletons.
  • Epic Rocking: "Godless" clocks in at 6:51.
  • Face of the Band: Who's the band named after?
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Samhain" the band is pronounced "sam-hayne." All other uses of the word are pronounced "sow-win," to the point where Danzig introduces a song using the former pronunciation, and if the word is in the lyrics, sings the latter.
  • Jerkass: Danzig is notorious for being one of these. For example, he headlined the first night at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 in Austin, Texas. When he arrived, among other things, he demanded the festival to have French Onion soup ready for him, windscreens on the side of the stage, so he won't freeze in the 57 degree weather... And he wouldn't go onstage, until all this was done for him. The festival complied. Danzig still didn't go onstage. Finally, he was convinced to go on... An hour after he was supposed to. Naturally, the mandatory outdoor curfew kicked in at 10:00, and Danzig tried to blame the festival when they cut him off.
    • When asked if he ever wanted to get married, he replied: "No, I'm not stupid!"
  • Metal Scream: Among other songs: "Not of This World," "Long Way Back from Hell," "Godless," and "Brand New God."]
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually from a high 5 to a low 7, with the odd Blues-influenced tune dropping below.
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  • Moral Guardians: "Mother" was inspired by Tipper Gore, her introduction of the Parental Advisory on music albums — including Danzig, which aside from the words "whore" and "hell," was relatively free of profanity.
  • Numbered Sequels: As seen above, several of their albums are titled this way. In fact even when it isn't officially part of the title, the albums are usually numbered somewhere in the cover art.
    • The first seven full lengths can be referred to as Danzig X (ex. Blackacidevil is Danzig 5). Starting with Circle of Snakes, this practice is dropped (Circle of Snakes is not Danzig 8).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Danzig himself is only 5'4, but makes up for his short stature by being built like a tank.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: The music may evoke this feel, but Glenn Danzig himself is a spiritual atheist.
  • Shirtless Scene: Glenn Danzig in a lot of their music videos. Even when he's got a shirt on, it tends to be usually mesh, or something similar.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: As hinted in their first album..., or recycled from Glenn's previous band.
  • Vaporware: Deth Red Sabaoth, which was finally released June 2010.
  • Vocal Decay: Age hasn't been kind to Glenn Danzig. Whereas Danzig's self-titled debut is considered a masterpiece which showcases Glenn's distinct baritone vocalsnote  that are very similar to his previous work with the Misfits, the band's latest installment Black Laden Crownnote  sounded dated upon release with Glenn's vocals sounding like a retired elder.


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