Members: Glen Danzig, Tommy Victor, Steve Zing, Johnny Kelly
Genre: Hard Rock and Metal Music
Hometown: Lodi, New Jersey
Albums: Danzig, Lucifuge, How the Gods Kill, 4, Blackacidevil, Satan’s Child, I Luciferi, Circle of Snakes, Deth Red Sabaoth
Hits: “Mother”, “Cantspeak”
Hot off the heels of the success of the bands The Misfits and Samhain, heavy metal pioneer Glenn Danzig needed a new project to capture his fans' imaginations. In 1987, he founded the heavy metal group Danzig, which expanded upon the previous bands' horror rock look and repackaged it with unparalleled energy unlike anything else on the music scene. After signing with Rick Rubin's Def American label, the band released its self-titled debut album. While the initial album seemed to sound like the Satanic metal that made Glenn Danzig's previous bands' famous, it was the next few releases that would broaden the band's appeal and help it break into mainstream rock radio.
Danzig II: Lucifuge was the band's second album and was remarkably different from the first release. With a range of bluesy tones and powerful guitar riffs, the singles "Dirty Black Summer" and "How the Gods Kill" became incredibly popular among metal fans. Danzig went in a completely different direction with their next album, Black Aria. Experimenting with classical music riffs in a metal genre, Danzig illustrated their ability to break from the conventions of mainstream music and go in a different artistic direction.
In 1993, Danzig broke into the Billboard charts for the first time with the single "Mother." While it was undoubtedly a metal track with a soaring chorus and rib-crushing guitar riffs, it featured a poppy arrangement that began to receive airplay on pop radio and MTV. The band also contributed a track to Johnny Cash's 1994 album American Recordings, which helped them reach a new audience.
Danzig 4 was noticeably more mellow than the band's other releases, and as a result did not sell as well with traditional metal fans and the new generation of pop rock fans who had caught onto the band's sound. After a hazardous tour that saw many of the band's members go their separate ways, the band released a series of live albums and toured extensively in the absence of a full-fledged new release.
In 2006, Danzig came roaring back with Black Aria II, which helped to reconnect the group with the fans that got their career started in the first place. Since then, the band has toured extensively and is one of the biggest heavy metal acts in the United States. From their trailblazing beginnings to their new role as heavy metal heavyweights, Danzig has changed the landscape of metal and opened up new opportunities for artists all over the country.