Danzig
Deth Red Sabaoth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
July 16th, 2010 | 49 replies | 15,057 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Deth Red Sabaoth" offers a great deal in terms of haunting themes, seductive hooks, not to mention darkly ominous atmosphere permeating from every track.

After a couple of subpar releases, the first Danzig's album in 6 years, "Deth Red Sabaoth" marks the return to form for this infamous evil Elvis wanna-be. The artist completely resigns from industrial experimentations as well as sludge influences that populated his previous several discs in favor of heavy old-school Southern rock similar to his first three almost classic releases. What is more, he employs analog recording techniques that result in an organic, if imperfect sound of hard rock releases from the 1970s. Therefore, "Deth Red Sabaoth" is what many fans of the artist were rooting for: an album that recalls Danzig in his prime, a period at the beginning of 1990s when he was still relevant.

Good intentions are one thing and the execution is another. This album wouldn't work at all if it weren't for a significant improvement in the songwriting department. Even if the song structures remain conventional at their core, Glenn Danzig and his crew manage to sound refreshing on most cuts. While Danzig's quality wailing vocal delivery shouldn't come as surprising, guitarist Tommy Victor's (Prong, Ministry) diverse rock-solid riffing strikes as fairly unexpected. His work ranges from groovy hard rock of "The Revengeful" and playful blues of "Ju Ju Bone" to dark, apocalyptic tunes of "Black Candy" that resemble those that Tony Iommi once wrote for Black Sabbath. The allusions to pure, unadultered heavy metal with equally dirty and squeaky riffs are also prominent on such tracks as the totally bombastic "Night Star Hell" as well as fairly mellow "Left Hand Rise Above." Moreover, the whole band can get admittedly catchy at times. Bluesy ballad, "Deth Red Moon" is the quintesential example that immediately brings to mind their smash hit, "Mother."

"Deth Red Sabaoth" is not totally without its faults though. Coming back to the traditional method of tracking obviously had an impact on the act's spontaneous, energetic playing as well as on an overall vibrant, yet still gloomy atmosphere of the album. However, Glenn Danzig's raw production is severely lacking in selectiveness: the instruments often blend with one another seamlessly. Victor's soloing is really low in the mix, which definitely lessens the wow-factor quite a bit. The drums also seem rather thin and uninspired especially on the heavier tracks. Danzig should have learned a lesson or two from the likes of Dozer whose old-school hard rock sound was a pinnacle of perfection on their last album, "Beyond Colossal." Another option was hiring a renowned producer who would eradicate some overlong segments of the songs and make this record sound up-to-date with the high level of musicianship displayed by the band. Who knows? Perhaps if Rick Rubin was a producer, this would be the metal album of the year.

Overall, "Deth Red Sabaoth" offers a great deal in terms of haunting themes, seductive hooks, not to mention darkly ominous atmosphere permeating from every track. This record might not attract any new fans to the blend of gloomy hard rock Danzig is famous for, but its goal wasn't entirely that. Without a doubt, the band is now closer than ever to reinvigorating their classic status after a long streak of hit-or-miss releases and thus regain the respect of the old fanbase. Let's hope the trend originated by this album will continue.



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vanderb0b
July 16th 2010



3473 Comments


Nice review, man. I was planning to do this album for a while, but was too lazy to try.

The Sovereign
July 16th 2010



10 Comments


Shouldn't "The Black Sabbath" simply read as Black Sabbath?

Inveigh
July 16th 2010



24946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. the production on this is so lo-fi it almost bothers me, I thought it was just the rip I had but after reading your review maybe not.. I may adjust the rating once I have an actual copy.

either way, album is definitely Danzig's best in a long ass time. Maybe since How the Gods Kill

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@vanderb0b: This is often my problem as well.

@The Sovereign: Thanks. I've fixed it.

@Inveigh: Yeah. This lo-fi production really bothers me as well. I even considered lowering my rating because of it. This is the best Danzing album in a long ass time though. Agreed.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

BallsToTheWall
July 16th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bEAT ME TO THE PUNCH. this was gonna be my return to the reviewing world, but alas it wasn't meant to be. You are a
gentleman and a scholar. good work

Danzig's interview in Decibel is fucking hilarious. Also, the production on this album is absolutely amazing, love the old
school feel to it.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha. Thanks a lot, Balls. I'll check out the interview for sure.

Inveigh
July 16th 2010



24946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my version doesn't sound old school, it just sounds like they ran everything through a flanger

BallsToTheWall
July 16th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have the disk. The production is one of the best things about the album besides the doom metal like guitar riffs, danzig's vocals, songwriting and atmosphere. love the booklet, first thing you see is tits.

Inveigh
July 16th 2010



24946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so you don't get that weird sort of "whooshy" noise in the mix of every track?

BallsToTheWall
July 16th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a problem with the mixing of this album. Especially the soloing is way too low in the mix. I don't dig the sound of drums but this is the matter of preference more than anything else. The booklet is indeed awesome. A band photo somewhere would be nice but you can't have everything.

BallsToTheWall
July 16th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The drums/bass/guitars in particular sound great. And even at 55, Danzig still has it vocally. Mostly anyways.

Inveigh
July 16th 2010



24946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah sweet so I'll probably dig this even more once I purchase it this weekend

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope you will. 3.5 is a bit low. I still recommend the last Dozer album to hear like this kind of vintage production is done right imho.

ASberg
July 16th 2010



2161 Comments


Cool review, havent "had time" to check this out yet but im going to.
By the way Balls, be a man, write a review...for old times sake.

coneren
July 16th 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh finally a review! Album rocks

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. More people should give it a spin.

Prolapse
July 17th 2010



4370 Comments


Danzig II is so good

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2010



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is almost as good. Only 16 ratings? Danzig adopts more cats than this each week (confirmed by the new issue of Decibel).

BallsToTheWall
July 20th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Should have gotten featured.



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