Music Connection, 7/15/90 ------------------------- DANZIG - Santa Monica Civic By Scott Schalin Thank god for Glenn Danzig. He is one the few artists who thankfully streches the boundaries of heavy metal and, in so doing, creates a unique identity that's sort of like Elvis meets Morrison at the gates of hell. Opening his Santa Monica show with perhaps his strongest track yet, "Long Way Back From Hell." from the excellent Lucifuge LP, the intense pitch of the evening was quickly set. With two fine albums now under his belt, Danzig has a plethora of strong material that made a lengthy set speed by. New cuts like "Her Black Wings" and "Devil's Pllaything" stood beside the older musical pilgrimages like "Am I Demon" and "Twist of Cain." Danzig has been so clever in flexing and bursting the limitations of the genre that he can even play the moodier, melancholic laments like "Pain In The World" and actually gain momentum where other metal acts would lose it. Like Metallica, Danzig trusts his creative instincts to take him to an artistic plateau to which his audience is open-minded enough to follow. While some have written off Danzig's tales of Biblical evil as simple odes to Satan, there's actually a great deal of soul searching underneath the metaphors, questioning not only religious doctrines but how they relate to us on the reality plane as well. Though this show was the first of what will be a long tour, the band proved surprisingly cohesive. The band's excellent musicianship erases another misconception about Danzig being simply a one-man show. John Christ's guitar pierces and shreds like the crown of thorns upon the head of Jesus. The drumming of Chuck Biscuits also merits special mention for its passion and aggressiveness. But perhaps most interesting was the sold-out proof that Danzig has become one of those bands that has achieved an immpressive fan following while giving a big middle finger in the eye of both MTV and consumer radio.