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Review-Danzig 4 The 4th Studio Album By American Heavy Metal Band Danzig

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Ara is currently an Accounting student at Glendale Community College in Glendale. CA. He enjoys writing about a variety of topics.

Glenn Danzig-the founder of the band

Glenn Danzig is seen here at the 2013 Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013.
Glenn Danzig is seen here at the 2013 Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013.

Danzig 4 may be an album that is overlooked

Danzig is a band that has been around for nearly three decades. In my review of Metallica’s newest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, I mentioned the importance of having a purpose. The purpose of this next album review is to show that we still have things in the United States that are worth appreciating. And that particular thing is Danzig 4, the 4th album by American heavy metal band Danzig released in 1994. This is the last album with that classic lineup that fans have been used to. Yes, 1994 was many years ago, but the United States was at one time one of the premier nations of the world for hard rock and heavy metal and Danzig 4 deserves a review. It was one of the best albums of 1994 along with Testament’s Low album.

Track listing for Danzig 4

  1. Brand New God
  2. Little Whip
  3. Cantspeak
  4. Going Down to Die
  5. Until You Call On the Dark
  6. Dominion
  7. Bringer of Death
  8. Sadistikal
  9. Son of the Morning Star
  10. I Don’t Mind the Pain
  11. Stalker Song
  12. Let it Be Captured

The song Brand New God

Danzig 4: a review and commentary

Brand New God is a really groovy rock kind of song about a creature that is on the loose to get its prey. It is like a reaper stalking someone. Also, one of the highlights on this album is the next song called Little Whip! The song starts with some nice, soft guitar playing while Glenn’s voice adds to the atmosphere. The heaviness kicks in as Glenn does his trademark yelling. The song is about someone that seems to be getting tortured. The bassline also kicks in adding to the greatness of the song. There is not as much of a thrash metal element on this album compared to Danzig 3. The only song that I can think of that sounds close enough to thrash metal is the song Bringer of Death. That song starts with the sound of sirens and machine gun fire before it becomes a heavy song that I always enjoyed listening to when I was a teenager. The end of the song has a very catchy rhythm guitar part that you will want to hear over and over again. The band Sacred Reich did something similar to this on their song called Crawling. The slower songs Cantspeak and I Don’t Mind the Pain were popular on MTV back in the day. I Don't Mind the Pain is a satirical attempt to point out that a person does not mind if he gets attention from others. There is a return to the blues style rock that we were exposed to on the albums Danzig and Danzig 2. One example of this is the song Going Down To Die. The song is about someone that is prepared to meet his ultimate destination after he has worked so hard in his life. It is almost like he knows that his final hours are approaching. Until You Call on the Dark is a song whose lyrical theme is similar to the song Snakes of Christ. It is about a force, a god that is sent down to inflict pain and suffering on mankind. Overall, Danzig 4 is once again a solid release from this band even if it is not as popular as the first album. The strongest songs are Brand New God, Little Whip. Bringer of Death, and I Don’t Mind the Pain. The period between 1988 and 1994 were the band's best years as they used solid vocals, good blues rock, and then some thrash mixed in to create a diverse group. Danzig 4 overall gets a solid score of 85 out of 100 points.

The song Little Whip

The song Bringer of Death

I Don't Mind The Pain (song only)

© 2017 Ara Vahanian

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