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Review of the Album "Danzig 5: Blackacidevil" by Danzig

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

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About Danzig 5: Blackacidevil

Danzig 5: Blackacidevil as the name symbolically implies is the 5th studio album by the band Danzig and it has basically been Glenn Danzig’s band with a sort of revolving door lineup of musicians. This album is one of those that I first was in total disbelief about because of the fact that the style of the album is a total departure compared to what we had heard before this album. This album is also sometimes referred to as just Blackacidevil. This is the first album without the classic Danzig lineup. Joining Glenn Danzig for this album is drummer Joey Castillo and Joseph Bishara who contributes with a little bit of the keyboards and programming effects. Also contributing as guest musicians on Blackacidevil are guitarists Mark Chausee (ex-Fight) and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains.

What is the Meaning Behind the Album's Title?

The meaning of the album’s title has not been publicly explained by Danzig. There have been several theories about the meaning behind the album’s title including a play on the phrase “black as a devil.” We could try to guess what the meaning behind the album’s title is but where would we go with it? If you like the fast and energetic song "7th House," chances are that you will enjoy the rest of this album.

Glenn Danzig Talks About the Recording Process for Blackacidevil

This album was released in 1996 and it has come under controversy. The album was criticized a lot for the change in musical direction and many fans did not like it. The larger context of this musical change for Danzig that it happened at a time when many bands were changing their sound and style. In an interview with Metal Maniacs in December 1999, Glenn Danzig discussed the approach in recording the album as well as how it was received. He said that the album worked out the way that he had wanted it to. He called it as a kind of musical shakeup. He also said that people either loved the album or they hated it. Glenn also revealed that the band ended up getting a lot of new fans after it was released.

"7th House"

Danzig 5: Blackacidevil is an Experimental Album That Fans Will Get Into Or Not

Musicians can't please everyone and Danzig 5: Blackacidevil is not only an experimental release but it is also an album that will shock the avid metal fan and it will leave them wondering what the heck Glenn Danzig did or what he was thinking. If you are wondering what in the heck Glenn’s motive was in the composition of these songs you are not alone. This is an album that fans will either like or they will not. Or you will be like me that eventually got into this album and find it a nice departure from the first four Danzig albums. Danzig 5 Blackacidevil is one of those albums that will come as a major shock to many music fans because it is so radically different from the band’s first four albums but the context of this is that at the time in 1996, many bands were changing their musical style and approach either going in a more mainstream kind of direction or they were trying to add more melodic elements in their albums. This is an album that most people can get into musically or they cannot. For me, I was able to get into it almost 25 years after it was released which is remarkable beyond what words could express.

Analysis of the Songs Sacrifice and Hint of Her Blood

The two strongest songs in this album are “Sacrifice” and “Come to Silver.” “Sacrifice” is the song that is most memorable to me from this album and it is the first one that I listened to when hearing the album for the very first time. Lyrically it is about sacrificing your life slowly, little by little. The vocals can get really rough in a different kind of way but this song may be the one that most fans may like the most in this album. In the song “Hint of Her Blood” there is the definite influence of early Black Sabbath because of the style and guitar sound.

There Is a Cover of a Black Sabbath Song

On this album is also a cover of the Black Sabbath song “Hand of Doom." Although this performance would be considered a cover by some people, Glenn Danzig explained what was done in the recording of this version. He said that he did not want people to think that this was just a cover but rather he started to improvise and twisted the words. “Come to Silver” is a song that is lyrically about what can happen to a person if they use money to further finance activities that are very destructive to humans.

"Sacrifice"

Final Thoughts About a Very Controversial Album

Even if Danzig 5: Blackacidevil is the weakest album by Danzig up to this point in their career, it is still a fine release that features Glenn Danzig exploring a totally different side of himself musically. This album being the experimental album that it is, it mostly works out pretty good for Glenn after the departure of John Christ, Eerie Von, and Chuck Biscuits. Although the different style and attempted cover of the song “Hand of Doom” is on here, it is one of those choices that was unnecessary. This performance even if it is a more industrial version, it weakens the album. If you can handle the weird vocals of the first song “7th House” then you will be able to sit through what is a totally different release by one of the longest lasting rock bands in US history.

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