The work of goth/punk band Samhain may be forever overshadowed by singer Glenn Danzig’s previous and subsequent projects, the Misfits and Danzig. However, it is not for lack of influence, with its prodigious, unconfined sound and horror aesthetics giving early shape to a legion of styles. We All Want Our Time In Hell Samhain Tribute, a new compilation album by a range of emerging and veteran punk, metal and noise bands, is deeply grounded in that history, with a glance to the future. Continue reading →
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Deftones have announced the Swerve City IPA — the band’s second collaboration with San Diego-based Belching Beaver Brewery. No idea how Deftones and beer go together, but “Swerve City” is one of my favorite tunes of theirs, so…worth a shot?
The guys lament the breakup of Agalloch and the unfortunate tactics used to bring it about, then discuss the totally unforeseen kiss-and-make-up session between Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, who announced Misfits reunion shows this week! Plus, new albums from Kvelertak, Ethereal Riffian and…sigh…Devildriver.
All that and much, much more in Episode 42, so check it out!
The beauty of the comics medium is that one’s ability to tell a story is only limited by one’s capacity to draw it on a page, unbound by the laws of physics, time, and good taste. A similar alchemy takes place during the creation of music, when composers graze from a limitless vista of possible sounds and recombine them to suit a whim of the moment, explore an emotional state, or support an ambitious aesthetic goal. The material barrier to entry is remarkably low when it comes to beginning to create art in either medium. It’s what the artist accomplishes from a purely imaginative standpoint that makes the audience want to pause and absorb it. Unfortunately, the mass production and distribution of the artist’s creation can be a nightmarescape of frustration, disappointment, and empty pockets. Continue reading →
Glenn Danzig’s body of work is staggering. The guy’s covering several genres throughout his career, and even has his own record label; to say he’s been influential would be an understatement. Early on, he founded the punk band Misfits, then went on to form Samhain in the early ’80s. Danzig got its start with Rick Rubin recruiting Samhain for his label, Def American, then talking Glenn into changing the name for creative rights purposes. And with the band’s self-titled, full-length debut celebrating its 27th birthday this weekend, it’s high time we took a look back: Continue reading →