Keep your eyes peeled, Danzig fans! A new album will be released mid-May, the first collection of all-new Danzig material in seven years. The title for the new disc, a follow-up to 2010’s “Deth Red Sabaoth”, will be announced soon.
June will mark the 25th anniversary of “Danzig III: How the Gods Kill”, which was the first of their albums to crack the Billboard’s Top 30, and the first to be produced by Glenn Danzig himself. To honor this momentous occasion, Danzig will play a handful of shows this summer, performing many songs off of “How the Gods Kill”.
This year’s “Blackest of the Black” festival, set to take place May 26-27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA, will showcase Danzig and Ministry. Over the two-day event, more than 20 bands will be featured, as well as over twenty “evil attractions”. Details will be announced on March 27.
In a 2015 interview, Glenn Danzig was asked what it is that keeps him coming back to his creative well. His response: “It’s so many different things. There’s always stuff to write about, but I think that the whole punk thing helped a lot. If it gets boring, change it, fix it, make it exciting, make it relevant again, and that’s what I did without sacrificing the music. That’s what I try to do. I try to do stuff where first thing is I’m excited about the record, and then I hope that the people who listen to my music are gonna dig it too. That’s pretty much how I go into doing a record, and I don’t do a new record until I have stuff to write about it. I don’t force myself to do a record. Someone doesn’t come to me and say, ‘Hey, it’s been a year or two since your last record. You’ve gotta write a record and put one out in a couple of months.’ No one comes to me and says that to me.”
When Glenn was asked if the attitude of not forcing the creative process was something that’s always been there for him, he answered: “Yeah. I mean, I used to do it on a more frequent basis. (Laughs) But I think even back in the Misfits and Samhain days, I put out a record every two years, I think. The same thing with Danzig, too, where I put out a record every two years. Later on it became further and further apart, but that’s just the way it worked out. I think in between ‘Danzig IV’ and ‘V’ was probably a two-year period, and then between ‘V’ and ‘VI’ was probably a three-year period. It seems to be now it’s gone to four or five. I think one of the things also was for ‘Deth Red’ we toured a lot over those years. Not two or three months at a time, but we just kept getting offers to go to Europe and then back to America. The record did pretty well for me, especially the way it was received, so hopefully the next one will be the same.”
“Skeletons”, Glenn’s covers record, was released in November of 2015 and was a labor of love that dates back to 1979. “Skeletons” is a collection of ten covers from Glenn’s influences, spanning artists such as Elvis Presley, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, The Troggs and The Everly Brothers.