METAL EDGE, Fall 1996 --------------------- DANZIG:SPEAK OF THE BLACKACIDEVIL Glenn Danzig has a Halloween present for fans who've been awaiting new music since 1994's 4:a new disc called Blackacidevil, of which he's been giving fans a preview on the OZZFEST tour with Ozzy Osbourne. Glenn produced, wrote all the songs for, and played most of the quitar and bass parts on the album; Joey Castillo, the ex-Sugertooth drummer who joined the band on the last tour supplied the beats, former Danzig bass and drum tech Lazie, now in the band, played a couple of parts, and Alice in Chains axeman Jerry Cantrell contributed a few leads on the album, which mixes elements of heavy rock and techno-industrial, with distorted vocals on a few of the tracks. There are two ballads, the dark "Ashes" and Come to Silver", which Glenn wrote for but wasn't recorded by Johnny Cash, the X-files soundtrack cut "Deep", and an industrialized cover of Black Sabbath's "Hand of Doom." OZZFEST audiences get to hear at least four new cuts along with old favorites like "Her Black Wings," Twist of Cain,Mother, Dirty Black Summer. "We get 45-50 minutes, We usually do two hours. But it's good 'cause I can go out there and I don't have to hold back my energy,"says Glenn, though the five headlining shows scheduled in Cal. and Las Vegas aroung Halloween will be longer. Tommy Victor of Prong(who were set to do the OZZFEST until Epic dropped them) has joined Danzig on guitar, a last-minute replacement for Mark Chausee. "Mark's a great guy and I don't want to say anything bad about him, but it wasn't working, We had the show coming up and I had my doubts he'd be able to do it." says Glenn. "Tommy is a big Danzig fan and he wanted to try out even when Prong was going on the road but I didn't want to screw Prong up. But as soon as Tommy put the guitar on, he's a pro. He has a better ear, he picks stuff up immediately. Tommy knew a lot of the songs and he learned Deep and 7th House in one session. Vocally it's better with Tommy, too. As for Prong, "I can't speak for Tommy but I think he wants to do his own project now. I said he can do that if he stays in Danzig," says Glenn, noting that he may land a deal with Danzig's label, Hollywood records. Also on the horizon for Danzig: a couple of videos, international touring till January, when Danzig will launch a US headlining tour with, possibly, Lords of Acid(and a third band) opening up, and for fan club members, an EP with an album cut and Glenn interviewed by Rob Zombie. Glenn is also dabbling in movies, with soundtrack work and acting roles beckoning, and his Verotik line of adult comic books is going strong. For more about all of these projects and Blackacidevil, see next issue for an indepth interview with Glenn.