Unknown San Francisco Newspaper, 7/90 ------------------------------------- DANZIG Danzig II: Lucifuge (Def American) By Eric Weisbard As the leader of punk faves the Misfits, Glenn Danzig made records on his own label, in cheaply produced, limited editions. Even so, it was clear that Danzig had star power that far transcended the underground scene. Now on rap/metal godfather Rick Rubin's label, Danzig (fronting a group that goes by his name) has found the exposure only corporate sponsorship can bring a rock act. The first Danzig album got a bit tedious at times, but Lucifuge is killer stuff. It's going to sweep through teenage America like brushfire. This means that the arts are about to endure yet another controversy. Glenn Danzig is a star because his voice (a baritone throb recalling Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison) is heartshaking. But all parents will hear on Lucifuge is -Satan, Satan, SATAN! The CD booklet folds out into an upside-down cross, and song titles include "Long Way Back From Hell" and "Devil's PLaything." Glenn Danzig has chosen to assume the persona of pure evil, and what it makes it worse for Mom and Dad, he's found just the right note between sincerity and irony to make it compelling. Danzig and his supporters justify this album as a warning against the power of evil, and there is evidence in the lyrics to support that interpretation. But even on Danzig's terms, the ideas of good and evil expressed here are pretty dubious, especially where women (temptresses, one and all) are concerned. I've just got to hope that the young 'uns will see this album for what it is: a pure pop fantasy from a fellow who overdosed on movies like The Omen and rockers like the Stones and Alice Cooper and then took it one step further. Those, like me, who love this album will do so because its power thrills us. The music is hook-laden enough to get heavy without ever bogging down the splendid singing. But there's more: the spectacle of a man who, on the darker edges of the often banal culture that surrounds him, has found a force and meaning that he believes could consume himalive. Danzig's white male apocalypse, like the music of 2 Live Crew's work is mortly lame; Danzig deserves to be appreciated. How many, I wonder, will grasp the difference? >Danzig plays Sat. July 28, at the Warfield in S.F. Soundgarden and Corrosion of Conformity open the show.