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A Different Feel - 85%

Madman, October 22nd, 2004

With the first Danzig album being a very stripped down bluesy heavy metal album, almost in the Sabbath vein, then Lucifuge becoming both heavier and, at times, even bluesier, How the Gods Kill went for a slightly different feel and direction.

The third album from Danzig has more of everything, it's heavier. One main thing one will notice is a difference in atmosphere, How the Gods Kill feels more decidedly sinister and evil with a lot of wide open parts for Glenn to sing and twist his lyrics over, around, and through.

Godless kicks off the album with drums and not to late afterwards rocking guitar, what one would expect... But the song suddenly takes a left turn, going somewhere that's different and more mysterious. Just the drums pounding, open guitar chords, and Glenn's vocals. It doesn't even feel like Glenn is singing, but more preaching to his unholy choir. After two verses like this the song backtracks to the rocking earlier section with Glenn singing in his usual half yell/half croon that he had become known for by now. The end of the song coming like a sermon from Reverend Danzig. Anything is a great song, with it's understated guitar melody.

Bodies, now that's an awesome bluesy song made for kickin' back, Chuck Biscuits' drums setting the groove and feel to the song. Glenn's lyrics working their magic around the song creating a second layer just beneath the surface. How the Gods Kill is the album's masterpiece, it's crowning achievement. Lots of room for the vocals to breathe and envelop the listener only to have the guitar slam in with the Sabbath-like riff, slow and brooding yet oh so sinister. Dirty Black Summer being probably the most instantly memorable on the album, with it's groove and dirty (excuse the pun) guitar riff. Left Hand Black is a faster rocking track with it's rebellious lyrics, channelling the heavens. Heart of the Devil, now here's a bit of an oddity... On the surface it's like a lot of the more bluesy Danzig tracks but there's something here that makes it feel like it should have been done in the 50's.

The last 3 songs (Sistinas, Do You Wear the Mark, and When the Dying Calls) go from soft ballad, to rocking in your face, to a mid-paced rocker with a bit of class. All 3 songs being great additions to a classic album that deserves a lot of praise. Glenn Danzig creating something above the music. The band being more than just the sum of it's parts, becoming an experience on record and in concert.