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Forgotten Heavy Metal Albums: Danzig 3-How the Gods Kill

Updated on July 23, 2017

Danzig 3: Album Cover

The creative covers by Danzig indicate to me that Glenn Danzig enjoyed exploring life's different themes. This symbolizes to me what can happen when there is evil in the world.
The creative covers by Danzig indicate to me that Glenn Danzig enjoyed exploring life's different themes. This symbolizes to me what can happen when there is evil in the world.

Track Listing for How the Gods Kill

  1. Godless
  2. Anything
  3. Bodies
  4. How the Gods Kill
  5. Dirty Black Summer
  6. Left Hand Black
  7. Heart of the Devil
  8. Sistinas
  9. Do you Wear the Mark?
  10. When the Dying Calls

Why Is This "Forgotten" Album Worth Listening To?

Glenn Danzig’s created band called Danzig did a solid job early in their career. The third album in the Danzig series is called How the Gods Kill and it is pretty darn good! There is no vocal contribution by James Hetfield this time but that doesn’t matter because Danzig still maintains their blues rock edge while adding some elements of thrash in it (Left Hand Black). However, I do think that Glenn overdoes it a bit with the high pitched yells such as in the song Heart of the Devil so I will have to deduct a few points from the album’s overall rating. Those high pitched yells from Glenn are somewhat like someone who is straining their voice while trying to let the sound out. The original lineup of Glenn, Eerie Von, John Christ, and Chuck Biscuits would last until 1995 and this is the lineup that was featured for the first four releases of Danzig. Danzig 3 was released in 1992, a year that saw bands like Pantera take it to a more extreme level in their music to try to get even more popular. But Danzig just stuck to their roots before experimenting with Danzig 4 and then Danzig 5-Blackacidevil. As the title says, this is one of those albums that may be forgotten because of all the attention given to Megadeth and Metallica. While those two bands were starting to change their musical directions and becoming even more popular, Danzig may have been getting ignored or not receiving enough attention. Which is too bad because it was one of the best bands early in their career.

Danzig 3: A Brief Review

The song Godless has a dramatic beginning to it after the drums kick in! That’s a great way to keep listeners interested and wondering what’s going to come next. Next, the tempo slows down dramatically, creating a doom metal like atmosphere. The drums consist of slow one time pounding beats. I first heard about this album when being up in the San Francisco Bay area and looking around in an interesting CD store. Next come the two most well-known songs in the album called How the Gods Kill and Dirty Black Summer. How the Gods Kill is a doom metal song about the search for knowledge and the true way for us to understand ourselves and who we really are beneath this physical body that we inhabit during our time on Earth. Left Hand Black is sort of a song that is making fun of religion, though not in a humorous way. It is trying to say that there is a force that will stand up and challenge the accepted notion that there is a God that loves us all. This song also is sort of predicting that the end of the human race is coming and that we should be prepared for it. Left Hand Black is the only thrash style song on this album but it is a good one. It is hard to argue against any of the first four Danzig albums as all of these are very good. For heavy metal albums released in 1992, How the Gods Kill is a pretty decent release that may have taken a back seat to other more notable releases that year. Nonetheless, this one is worth listening to when you get the chance. Overall, How the Gods Kill gets a solid 88 points out of 100.

Left Hand Black (good thrash metal tune)

The Song Called Heart of the Devil

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