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Source Unknown, Summer 1990

By Paul Elliot

 Lucifuge-Danzig II'
(Def American 846375/CD) ****

   The Black Crowes may deride Glenn Danzig's blues, but there is no more 
menacing rock band than Danzig alive today. Even Deicide seem crass compared
to the dark mystique of Danzig. No rock voice equals the foreboding in 
Danzig's. His words, too, are simply, classically macabre.
   Danzig's eponymous first album gripped like dying man but was muzzled by 
Rick Rubin's production, the driest mix of any rock record in memory. That 
album was at once more blues-oriented and more heavy metal than any Glenn 
Danzig had previously made.  50s rock'n'roll was at the heart of the Def 
American punk of Danzig's Misfits. The core of Danzig, the band, is blues.
Glenn Danzig is the master of sinister, post-metal end-of-the-century blues. 
A little of it showed on  Danzig', more shows on  Lucifuge-Danzig II'.
    Killer Wolf' is taut boogie and threatening with it; what David Coverdale 
would call "a predator song."  I'm The One' is as simple, only looser, sung 
on acoustic, Danzig's voice close to a whisper as he tempts, "if you want to 
hear evil, just come a little bit close."
   The mellower Danzig's vocal, the stronger the song.  777' is big, 
sifting, slide-driven, moves like a sidewinder and echoes the Masters Of 
Reality's  John Brown'.  Blood & Tears' could be the finest song Glenn Danzig 
has written. It's certainly the finest he's sung. Danzig wrote a song for 
Roy Orbison on the Less Than Zero soundtrack and  Blood & Tears' is as 
bitter and aching as The Big O's bluest.
   Danzig sings a ballad with the richness of Orbison and the spookiness 
of Morrison.  Lucifuge' is a rock record of rare power and mystery, but an 
album of love songs, written and sung by Glenn Danzig, would be up there 
with his beloved  Memphis Record'.