CIRCLE OF SNAKES
There’s been a lot of rumors going around out there that CIRCLE OF SNAKES will be the final release from the once menacing, now defeated Glenn Danzig. After listening to CIRCLE OF SNAKES, let’s hope so. Danzig, who seemingly peaked while jumping the proverbial shark on his THRALL: DEMONSWEATLIVE EP (which featured “Mother”), has been in a bad downward spiral of bad releases for years. His recent beatdown by the singer of the Northside Kings only points out how the respect level for Danzig has dropped over the years. CIRCLE OF SNAKES puts a solid period on a decade long sentence of bad music from Glenn and company.
It’s not so much that this release is bad, as it is just boring. Danzig has shed the industrial attempts and gotten back to playing straight forward metal, but these songs are so unfresh that you’d think it was a decade old record you were listening to. That’s not a slap at the style either, as I can appreciate a new effort of music done old school (see Megadeth, for instance). There’s just so little here of note that you can’t help but think this one was simply thrown out there so there’d be something to do a farewell tour behind.
For his part, Danzig sounds about as bored presenting these songs as I was listening to them. Gone is the raging inner demons of songs like “Dirty Black Summer” or “Mother”; replaced by a plodding, almost spoken word from a deep sleep attempt on tracks like “Skull Forest” or “Circle Of Snakes”. Danzig sleepwalks through the majority of this album, which is sad when you consider his past efforts were so powerful.
Equally unimpressive is the band he’s assembled. Now, I love the music that Tommy Victor makes with Prong, but in Danzig, he sounds like a washed out performer looking for a quick check. His uninspired playing throughout drags along with Danzig’s monotonous wailing, with only “Hellmask” jumping it up with a meaty, crunchy guitar riff. It’s too bad that Danzig ruins that one with some wailing in desperation of sounding like his past glory. Bassist Jerry Montano and drummer Bevan Davies do nothing wrong on this record. They just don’t have a lot to work with.
PITRIFF RATING – 2/10 – Glenn is retiring. Thank Satan for that! Danzig tired to fill this album up with spooky imagery and scary titles to make you think he’s returning to his evil past. It’s too bad Satan has already reclaimed the talent they loaned him years ago. Horribly stale release.
Chris Akin / Pitriff.com