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Is "Danzig 777: I Luciferi" Danzig's Weakest Album (as of 2021)?
Glenn Danzig had a habit of releasing albums with weird titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The band’s seventh studio release is called Danzig 777: I Luciferi—once again having an album title having to do with evil and Satanism.
This album, just like the previous one before it, still has that dark kind of feel to it. This is where the song quality of Danzig begins to drop, or at least that is how I feel after having heard this album about four times through. Is it still the case that this seventh release is the weakest in the career of Danzig?
Listening to this seventh Danzig album for probably the sixth time, I can say that this album is more like an acquired taste. Some of you will either like it or you will not like it. Some might say that for some bands, their seventh album may be kind of a lucky number. But Danzig 777: I Luciferi is one of those albums that can grow on you so that you will be able to enjoy it.
Are the Songs "Black Mass" and "Wicked Pussycat" the Two Best Songs on This Album?
Of all the songs in this album, “Black Mass” might be the one that you will find yourself wanting to play quite a few times. It has a very good crunchy secondary kind of riff that is very memorable. The drums are played very well in this song which turns out to be one of the best songs for Danzig.
“Wicked Pussycat,” which is very rock-influenced, has a very loud and noticeable bass line, but this bass guitar work is really good even for Danzig standards.
"Halo Goddess Bone"
Playing guitars on this album is Todd Youth (RIP 2018). A revolving door of guitar players come and play for Danzig and then usually leave on their own accord.
For those of you that are used to the band’s first four releases, Danzig 777 will be a shock for you even if it does not have as much of the industrial feel of the previous two releases before this one. I do like the fact that at least the lyrics on this album are not like what we see with bands such as Mercyful Fate. The way that the song “Black Mass” ends should be appreciated.
This Album Represents the Musical Evolution of Danzig
By the seventh listen through this album, the open-minded listener sees this album, in terms of the songs, is not a complete flop but part of the evolution of Danzig and a different album even than Blackacidevil.
“God of Light” has this “feedback” kind of sound effect as the style is sort of like what the band Mental Care Foundation uses in their songs. “Liberskull” features a vocal style that we may not have heard from Glenn before and in this song, it actually works without being annoying to the ears.
Danzig 777 is still an experimental album without having as much of an industrial feel to it. Consider the song called “Dead Inside” as this one sounds more like a ballad before it gets heavy and the guitar feedback kicks in. Your musical tastes may determine whether you get annoyed by the vocals or whether you accept the fact that even Glenn Danzig had to evolve and create something different.
"Danzig 777: I Luciferi" Is Better Than Some May Think
Then we also have the very groovy song “Halo Goddess Bone.” At this point, it is reasonable to say that Danzig 777: I Luciferi is not the weakest album in the career of Danzig even if it has sound that is dark and experimental. This album does not have the elite solos of albums such as Don’t Break the Oath but there are still several enjoyable moments on a transitional album such as this.
“Without Light, I Am” has more of a Gothic metal feel to it as we see Glenn start to make a brief return to the vocal style that made him famous. As he says in this last song, “Shine, darkest star.” Well, one thing is clear: This album shines musically for those that are able to enjoy and appreciate the unseen beauty of this album.
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