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Danzig
Studio album by Danzig
Released August, 1988
Recorded 1987-1988 at Atlantic Recording Studios and Chung King Metal in New York City
Genre Heavy metal
Length 40:57
44:02 (1998 re-issue)
Label Def American Recordings
American Recordings (1998 re-issue)
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Danzig chronology
Danzig
(1988)
Danzig II: Lucifuge
(1990)

Danzig is the 1988 debut album of the eponymous band led by Glenn Danzig, formerly the songwriter and vocalist of The Misfits and Samhain.

The album was also the first release on producer Rick Rubin's new label Def American Recordings. Def American's successor, American Recordings reissued the album in the USA and UK in 1998. It was recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios and Chung King Metal, and mixed at Smoke Tree and Village.

The song "Mother" became a hit on radio and MTV in 1993-94 after a new video-single with live footage was created to mark its inclusion on Thrall: Demonsweatlive; the song was also later included on various hard-rock/heavy metal/alternative music compilations, including the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Guitar Hero II (to which a final solo was added, in this case) and True Crime: New York City.

The songs "Twist of Cain", "She Rides", "Mother", and "Possession" have been covered live by The Remington Steelers, and the former three tracks will appear on their album The Harsh Reality.

Danzig is the band's best-selling album and was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1994. (Thrall: Demonsweatlive was certified Gold at the same time; although it later reached platinum status, it is categorized as an EP, not a full album)

While 1990-1998 pressings of the CD had the Parental Advisory label in the form of a sticker on the cellophane wrap, pressings since 1998 have the label printed on the artwork. Danzig is one of few albums labeled as "explicit" despite the virtual absence of profanity (save for one use of the word "whore" in "Possession").

Track listingEdit

Side AEdit

  1. "Twist of Cain" – 4:17
  2. "Not of This World" – 3:42
  3. "She Rides" – 5:10
  4. "Soul On Fire" – 4:36
  5. "Am I Demon" – 4:57

Side BEdit

  1. "Mother" – 3:24
  2. "Possession" – 3:56
  3. "End of Time" – 4:02
  4. "The Hunter" – 3:31
  5. "Evil Thing" – 3:16

Bonus track (1998 American Recordings reissue)Edit

  1. "It's a Long Road" (cover) - 3:05

CreditsEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Producer: Rick Rubin
  • Engineers: Dave Bianco, Steve Ett, Jim Scott
  • Mastering: Howie Weinberg
  • CD Mastering: Barry Diament
  • Photography: Mark Weiss

ChartsEdit

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 125

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Mother" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17
1994 "Mother" The Billboard Hot 100 43

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