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Live On The Blackhand Side
Released: 2001, Restless Records
Danzig is a band (yes, and a guy) who’s music I haven’t listened to in a while. I still think his early albums contain some very cool metal (well perhaps hard rock is more fitting). The thing is, Danzig released BLACKACIDDEVIL in 1996. I silly like bought the thing thinking it was the next Danzig album….well it wasn’t. It carried the name only. The music was weak and for the most part over-industrialized. That’s when my interest in Dazing came to a screeching halt. Until Danzig decides to play the music I like again I will not buy his albums. So that’s why I didn’t buy the 1999 release DANZIG 6:66 SATANS CHILD or the album full of re-mixes called SACRIFICE which had six re-mixes of the song “Sacrifice” alone!! I prefer to look back to the first four studio albums by Danzig as being the releases worth owning. I don’t think I’m alone in the way I feel. I’m sure there are other fans that have decided to not buy the new stuff he’s done because he’s changed the music so much. Perhaps this has been reflected in his sales as well? Perhaps that is why he’s put out a live recording containing a lot of classic Danzig songs. For anyone thinking that my opinion on Danzig’s music is that he should release the same album over and over…you’re wrong. Danzig I was nothing like Danzig IV yet I liked both!!!
The material on this two CD live album comes from five different shows from five different cities over the past nine years. It’s no surprise what songs on here are the best…the older ones like “Dirty Black Summer”, “Killer Wolf”, “Little Whip”, Long Way Back From Hell”, “Her Black Wings”, “Until You Call On The Dark”, “She Rides”, “Twist of Cain”, “Mother”…. this is what its all about for me. Also noticeable is that the songs preformed by the classic line up with John Christ on guitar and Eerie Von on bass are better performed. The sound quality overall is good but the 2000 gig has some flaws like feedback and dropping out vocals. I guess this proves this is truly live and not a studio touch-up job. Still, you’d think they had a version of “Twist of Cain” with out these sound flaws.
This album is nice in terms of reflection back on what is great about Danzig’s music. Unfortunately the newer songs preformed on here do not stand up when played alongside the classics. It’s about time that live material has been made available. I just can’t help but wonder what the future will hold for Danzig? Will it be more of the same substandard stuff that he’s put out recently, or will he find his way back to his roots?
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