You know it’s Danzig the moment you hear him.
It’s not just that inimitable voice either. It’s the thick airy guitars, bluesy swagger, and
“come hither” evil that placed him at the forefront of a number of musical revolutions.
Due to his ingenuity, horror and punk formally collided with The Misfits’ genesis in the
seventies. Anytime you see that iconic Misfits skull, you’ll immediately think of his howl
fueling punk classics like 1982’s Walk Among Us or 1983’s Wolf’s Blood/Earth A.D.
His vision for Samhain and albums such as Initium and November-Coming-Fire, to name
a few, indelibly impacted the landscape of extreme music, fortifying the crossroads
between heavy riffs and occult imagery so prevalent these days. Then, there’s his
eponymous band—Danzig. 1988’s self-titled debut would go platinum and yield classics
including “Mother,” “Twist of Cain,” and “She Rides,” while overall sales across his
catalog exceed 10 million worldwide to date.
Moreover, you can consistently feel his presence throughout pop culture, whether it’s his music soundtracking moments in The Hangover
film series, at the personal request of director Todd Phillips, or Artists ranging from Johnny Cash & Roy Orbison to Guns & Roses,
Metallica, My Chemical Romance & many more recording his songs. That imprint expands further with his successful Verotik Comics and
forthcoming feature film directorial debut. However, Danzig wants to show you where it started with his tenth full-length album and first
since 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth—Skeletons [Evilive Records].
A labor of love that dates back to 1979, he pulls back the curtain behind his influences with a collection of ten covers spanning artists as
diverse as Elvis Presley, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith to Black Sabbath, The Troggs, The Everly Brothers, and more. Recording intermittently
between 2012 and 2015 in Los Angeles, he quite literally reveals the bone structure for his own style.
“These are my skeletons,” he affirms. “You may or may not know that I dig these songs. You could say that some of this music is the
actual basis and skeleton of what I listened to growing up—ultimately informing the kind of music I like. It’s the foundation. If you took
Elvis and Sabbath out of my life, I probably wouldn’t be the Glenn Danzig you know! I’m glad both sides are represented on this record.”
Ultimately, Skeletons sparks the next phase for Danzig. Helping catalyze his next full-length offering and 2015 tour plans, it’s yet another
revolution. No matter what, you’ll know it’s undeniably him the moment you press play…