Once upon a time, Glenn Danzig used to make some pretty decent music.His work with The Misfits and Samhain is legendary, and even his first fewsolo albums are pretty good. But when Danzig's fifth albumBlackacidevil was released, things went wrong. Horriblywrong. An unappealing mishmash of electronic and industrial music, itcompletely derailed Danzig's career. Almost any used CD store has aboutfive copies of this release, if that gives you any idea as to how well itwas accepted. His next album 6.66 Satan's Child wasbetter, but none of the songs could compare to the songs found of hisearlier solo albums, let alone his classic Misfits material. Thepre-release buzz on I Luceferi was the Glenn would begoing "back to his roots". To be fair, the album does eschew theincompetent industrial stylings found on the past two albums, but it'sstill nothing to get excited about.
The biggest problem with the album is the lack of memorablesongs. Danzig albums have always had their share of filler, but thisridiculous. If a song on the album isn't completely unmemorable, then it'sreally bad. I have trouble remembering "Black Mass" five minutes afterhearing it, but "Wicked Pussycat" is so terrible it's going to be thesoundtrack to my nightmares for the next six months.
What's worseis that Danzig is stooping to ripping off lesser bands to make this lousymusic. Glenn Danzig used to plagiarize good bands (compare "Her BlackWings" to Black Sabbath's "Zero the Hero"); now he's taking cues fromnu-metal bands and Marilyn Manson ("Kiss the Skull" sure sounds a lot like"The Beautiful People" to me). It doesn't help that Danzig's currentbacking band is not nearly as good as the John Christ/Eerie Von/ChuckBiscuits lineup of the old albums. When you add in the fact that GlennDanzig turns in his least impressive vocal performance of his career,I Lucieferi turns out to be a horribly disappointing release.
Danzig got away with releasing a shoddy live album not too longago, but you'd think on the big "comeback" album there would be at least amodicum of effort to make it a good one. Get the old members back, exercisestrict quality control on the songs, whatever. But at least make it looklike you're trying. At a time when Glenn Danzig is looking to revitalizehis career, you'd think this would be least likely time he'd start tryingto coast on his reputation. But that's exactly what's he doing onI Luifceri. It's a wretched release and a big slap inthe face to the fans that have supported him over the years. I can't thinkof a single reason to buy this album except for morbid curiosity. GlennDanzig should issue an apology for this nonsense and retire before he doeshis reputation any more harm. The world does not need another washed-upmetal musician.