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Basic Details About Danzig 6:66 Satan's Child
Release Date: November 2, 1999
Style: Industrial rock/metal with doom metal influences
Glenn Danzig: lead vocals and additional guitars
Josh Lazie: bass guitar
Joey Castillo: drums
Jeff Chambers plays guitars as a guest performer.
Danzig 6:66 Satan’s Child is the 6th release by Glenn Danzig’s solo project Danzig and it was released in 1999. It continues in the style of dark industrial rock that the previous album did and for some people, the style change might be very hard to handle.
This Album Is Experimental Like the Previous One
As for the title of the album, Glenn Danzig himself explained it by saying that the title basically had to be given to this album. If you didn’t enjoy Danzig 5: Blackacidevil then chances are this next one will be hard for you to take in. These Danzig albums after the first four really take an open mind to enjoy. If you can notice, the vocals have a sort of effect to them. That is because the vocals were done digitally through a booth using a microphone and a computer.
However, these vocals do not replace the style that Glenn used on the band’s first four albums and that’s kind of unfortunate because that style made the band better. With the use of guitar sound that is dirty with these vocal effects, the drop off in the musical quality would be noticed in the band’s next album. As for this one that we are analyzing, of all the Danzig albums that are numbered if we count Danzig as Danzig 1, this one still continues the industrial rock style of Blackacidevil but it adds more of an “evil” lyrical twist. Reception of Danzig 6:66 Satan’s Child is mixed as an album with Allmusic giving the album 3 stars out of 5 which is the same rating that I would give it. This album has its moments but it is not Earth shattering greatness on a musical level.
Some Disadvantages About Danzig 6:66 Satan's Child
On the song “Lilin” the chorus is average at best as Glenn tries to bring back the vocal feel of the early albums but in this case, he sounds like he is off. Having said that, the material on this album may have been part of the changing times in heavy metal and rock. Some more lyrical diversity in this album certainly would have helped Glenn’s cause. The heavy metal style that we witnessed even as recently as Danzig 3 and 4 is gone and replaced by Gothic rock combined with industrial metal influences. “Unspeakable” is a bass guitar starting gothic metal kind of song that is at best average as Glenn tries to raise his voice to match the music but somehow I get the sense that something doesn’t fit into this album which is like a jigsaw puzzle that has a few pieces that don’t quite fit into the puzzle because the sizes don’t match. Having said that, this 6th Danzig album definitely is not a total horror show musically as there are some decent songs on this one.
The Good Points of the Album
One example of this is the industrial influenced song “Five Finger Crawl” with its melodic vocal part. This is one of those albums that really takes time to get used to. “Firemass” has that sort of Gothic metal feel similar to German band Bloodflowerz. “Cold Eternal” is a decent ballad in an album filled with some weird sounds. “Apokalips” is how this song is spelled and the riff reminds me of a sort of slower version of the song “Crawling” by Sacred Reich as the bass line is one of the dominant features of this song. The song “Thirteen” was written for Johnny Cash. The song is about someone that was born to lead a life of misery. He recalls the amount of lives that he has destroyed. For what it is worth, Danzig 6:66 Satan’s Child is a decent experimental album that takes a lot of listens to really get used to. Some fans will like it and others will not.
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