Dark metallic rockers Danzig will release their sixth album, 6:66
Satan's Child, on the Internet in late October, before it hits stores
And on Halloween night in Boston, Danzig will launch a U.S. tour that
will feature a re-formed Samhain bandleader Glenn Danzig's previous
band as opening act for most dates.
"The sky's the limit" on the Internet, said Danzig, whose current band
has been signed to two major labels, American and Hollywood, but is now
recording for his own Evilive label.
"As far as your imagination can go, I think [the Internet will] be able
to take it," Danzig said.
6:66 Satan's Child, an album of weighty, metallic noise, will be
released jointly by Evilive and the Internet music company E-Magine
Entertainment and will be made available by both download and mail order
late this month, according to spokespersons for Danzig and E-Magine. An
exact release date has not been set, they said.
"What I tried to do was take all the best elements of the first five
Danzig records, put them all together, add a few flavors," Danzig said
from Los Angeles in late September.
Danzig have augmented their trademark dark, heavy style with various
stylistic experiments such as the electronica-tinged Blackacidevil
(1996). Glenn Danzig released a classical solo album, Black Aria,
The new album continues the band's usual dark and heavy focus on tracks
such as "Five Finger Crawl" (RealAudio
excerpt) and "Satan's Child" (RealAudio
excerpt). Danzig produced the album with Peter Lorimer; Jay Gordon
and Amir Derakh of the electro-metal band Orgy mixed the album.
Danzig have also licensed several early albums to E-Magine.
E-Magine co-president Christoph Ruecker said Danzig's die-hard fans are
a perfect example of the Internet's potential: "These are the people that
are spreading the word [about the bands they love]. I believe ... in that
grassroots approach to connecting with fans."
Samhain is scheduled to join the Danzig tour on its second date, Nov. 1,
in Los Angeles. The tour then moves eastward through Nevada, Arizona and
Texas before continuing with three weeks of East Coast and Midwest dates.
The last scheduled show, Dec. 3, brings Danzig back to the West Coast
for a San Francisco gig.
Glenn Danzig first came into the public eye as the singer for splatter-punks
the Misfits. Formed in Lodi, N.J., in 1977, the Misfits paired Danzig's
booming vocals with melodic, Ramones-style punk. They earned a cult
following by combining raw punk with an exaggerated horror-movie aesthetic
on songs such as "Astro Zombies" and "I Turned Into a Martian"; one song
featured the lyrics, "Mommy? Can I go out and kill tonight?"
The Misfits broke up in 1983 and eventually re-formed without Danzig.
They begin a U.S. tour Oct. 12 in Cincinnati.
Glenn Danzig further explored his obsessions with the darker, more metallic
Samhain. After Samhain broke up in 1987, Danzig formed the band that
bears his name, which released its first album in 1988.
Danzig said Samhain will not permanently re-form because all the members
have other commitments. "It's just gonna be a blast onstage and that's
it," he said.
Danzig tour dates:
Oct. 31; Boston, Mass.; The Roxy
Nov. 1; Los Angeles, Calif.; Palladium (first Samhain appearance)
Nov. 2; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint at the Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 4; Phoenix, Ariz.; Celebrity Theatre
Nov. 6; San Antonio, Texas; Live Oak Civic Center (November to Dismember festival)
Nov. 9; Atlanta, Ga.; Roxy Theatre
Nov. 10; Spartanburg, S.C.; Ground Zero
Nov. 12; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory
Nov. 13; Washington, D.C.; The Nation
Nov. 16; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Nov. 17; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol
Nov. 19; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall
Nov. 20; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora Ballroom
Nov. 21; Chicago, Ill.; House of Blues
Nov. 23; Detroit, Mich.; State Theatre
Nov. 26; Minneapolis, Minn.; The Quest
Nov. 27; Milwaukee, Wis.; The Rave Ballroom
Nov. 30; Salt Lake City, Utah; Salt Air Palace
Dec. 2; Portland, Ore.; Roseland
Dec. 3; San Francisco, Calif.; TBA