It’s not easy being Glenn Danzig throughout the whole day, making music, writing comics, directing... The life of a dark hardrocker seems to be an unending fight at different fronts. But he’s good at fighting cause he mainly has to be Glenn Danzig. He expresses that with his outfit, when we meet him on a very warm latespring day, to talk about his new album. His long black hair is combed back, he wears black pilot sunglasses, a black leather jacket and tight black jeans, as if he doesn’t want to pay tribute to the heat. The only color he wears is the print on his shirt that depicts his comic character Satanika.
There’s not much to say about his new album, besides the fact, that it sounds similar to Danzig 1-3. Glenn doesn’t want to say anything definite to the album’s title. “Oh, I already had a title but than I had to change it. That’s how I am, two hours can change everything” he says laughing. Actually at an earlier stage of time he had made plans to call the album “1000 Devils Reign” due to one of the strongest songs of this album. But then he was overwhelmed by his own creativity. “I realised that 'Circle of Snakes' was so great that we made a video. Within the video snake skin clothes play a large role.” He didn’t bring a lot of songs to Europe, only five tracks could be listened to. But they rock! Which song is strong enough as the album’s title seems to be a very hard decision for Danzig. “Maybe I'll change back the title to “1000 Devils Reign”. Maybe I might choose another one. I just need some more time”, he says. He actually needs so much time that his Scandiavian label Regain postponed the album’s release about a month.
The album recording went fast. “We recorded the songs in Hollywood, it only took us a week or two, just the mixing takes a little bit more time.” But that’s only a proof for the fact, that the 49 years ago born Glenn Danzig won’t compromize on anything while getting older. But the well-trained hardrocker is always lacking words when it comes to describing the spirit behind his new album, therefore his explanations seem to be diffuse. “The new material is exactly what Danzig has always been. A mixture of old stuff and new influences...nothing more...” And than he adds hastily...“But it’s also my darkest album”. And this is proven by the doomlike song “When We Where Dead”, that has nothing to do with death experiences of Danzig’s surroundings. The death of Johnny Cash, with whom he recorded the song “Thirteen” has not anything to do with Glenn getting depressed in any way. “Of course it’s always sad, when someone dies. But he was very sick and old and always lived his life the way he wanted to. I don’t fear death, it belongs in our lives, it’s a natural part of it. Nevertheless Danzig get’s into this dark mood when he sings about that subject.
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