Greensburg Tribune-Review Feb. 8, 1997 ---------------------------------------- Danzig Strays From Familiar Hard-Rock Sound By Michael A. Capozzoli Jr. Glenn Danzig has been able to maintain a career as a hard-rock artist the past 20 years. In the late 70s, Danzig led his punk-rock group the Misfits. In the mid-'80s, when he fronted Samhain, a less punk-oriented and more heavy-metal outfit, Danzig began to make his mark within the hard-rock genre. When that scene began to fade in the early 90s, Danzig had long since moved onto megaproducer Rick Rubin's American Records label. There Danzig found a relatively safe haven to create music. While other heavy metal artists went into oblivion. As far as concert ticket and album sales, Danzig, through new albums and constant touring around the world, was able to maintain a strong global fan base. Yet Danzig's days at American were not always productive for the label's sales department. "At American," Danzig said, "if you don't do the kind of record they want, they're not going to push it. I wanted to leave the label because American is falling apart. There is no leadership there. Anyway, I left and now I'm with Hollywood records." The 40-year-old Danzig's Hollywood debut, "Blackacidevil," is a serious departure from the artist's previous recording ventures. The music on "Blackacidevil" is more technology oriented than any of Danzig's other albums. There's almost no shred of the hard rock/punk/metal sounds that Danzig based his career on. "What's funny is people who have heard the music completely ignore the techno element that's in there." Danzig said. "People think we're metal, but we were never accepted by that crowd. I set up my music so that it's for everybody. Those who can tap into it do, and the people that don't, probably shouldn't be listening anyway. I make records that I think are great and anything that comes afterwards is just icing on the cake." One of the more interesting tracks on the album is a cover of the Black Sabbath tune, "Hand of Doom." Danzig has recorded the song differently from the original and he believes his interpretation came across well on the album. "My attitude is that if you're going to do a cover song," he said, "it shouldn't be a cover. I should be making a new song. It should be exciting and it should be new. There should be some reason why you're doing this song and bringing a new element to it." On the album, he calls it "Hand of Doom - Version." "This way everybody knows I'm not covering it per se. I'm doing my own version of it. The lyrics are different and Jerry Cantrell (from Alice in Chains) came down to play guitar on the three songs and that was one of them." Danzig has started his own comic book company, Verotik, which publishes such titles as "Venus Domina," "Verotika" and "Igrat." "Two years ago," he said, "I decided to start a comic book company. I wanted the stories to be for adults - mature-themed comics in full color because nobody does them here in North America. America's comic book industry is very infantile and it gets smaller and smaller every year. It implodes. There's no reason for it. Comics are a great medium for pictures and words. We approach it a little differently at my company. We picked out the best writers and artists and came out with computer-colored, gorgeous books."