Intro : Wotans Procession
Circle of Snakes
1000 Devils reign
When we were dead
Night be Sodom
Black Angel, white Angel
Tommy Victor - lead guitar
Jerry Montano - bass
Bevan Davies - drums
"Circle of Snakes" danzig
distributed in Switzerland by Irascible Distribution
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
synopsis - Circle of
Snakes is dark and gloomy, yes. Only it is very Slow- Rock
oriented: a Rock with robust roots back to the 70's and 80's.
Both a certain metropolitan modern suffocation and Blues-y chords
paint the always pounding rhythmic session, the overdriven strikes
and the cool solos.
Unfortunately vocals are not that ace: with an "alcoholic" and
false - unwilling tone, which rarely shows power. Repetitiveness
lies always in ambush in all tracks. Some of them are imo a pure flop but some others are
objectively a hammer. Circles of Snakes is no masterpiece, nevertheless
more than worth a try'n buy. Songs like Black Mass, Five Finger
Crawl and Unspeakable were another thing...but, like mentioned,
some cool songs save the situation. Netherbound is maybe the more
original in this album
review - Circle of Snakes is announced as the darkest work from Danzig. There is surely a pronounced dark tone, mainly applied to a kind of Heavy Metal highly mixed with Blues-Rock in full American concept. Circle of Snakes is quite different from albums who have delivered us tracks like Black Mass, or Unspeakable. Here the Rock ingredients are stronger, full of reminiscences for 70's and the 80's; sometimes streams of Blues indeed surface too. Distortions are in a middle way between new Type of Negative and very old Black Sabbath and very old Deep Purple , actually the influences from Black Sabbath and Deep Purple's rhythms and inspirations are more stronger than what it can seem at a first listening. In Circle of Snakes all this is mixed with Danzig pounding rhythmic session and his unmistakable vocals that here appear even more "alcoholic" and false-unwilling than the usual, but (sorry) without much energy. Though Glenn actually delivers a varied range of tones. The pounding rhythmic session, that has been always a distinguishing mark of Danzig, still remains the more faithful and successful sector. Lead solos are good and very agreeable too (see Axe-man Tommy Victor of Prong).
The main negative fact is that 3 tracks in the first part of the album are a total flop (the title track
Circle of Snakes + 1000 Devils reign and Skull
Forrest) , moreover, imo, all songs are a bit repetitive, some in a "agreeable way" , some others
not, not even Skincarver. In spite of a superficial mask there is not much original and deep in this album, nevertheless some tracks can be appreciated by all and can
be included in a metalhead's playlist. Obviously, you can see things in a different way if you're more Rock oriented than me.
Personal taste remains personal taste. But my fav tracks are When we were dead , My Darkness, Netherbound , Black Angel ,
white Angel. The instrumental-chorus intro is a thing different from all the rest , in
itself very positive.
When we were dead wants communicate us a sense of heavy distorted fear with a touch of nocturnal metropolitan slow- rock, united with a sophisticated subtle eroticism and i must say that the result finally is excellent. Vocals too seem to get finally more power.
Sodom rocks a lot
(in the best way of the term)with a catchy though again very easy refrain. it is played tight heavy
, pressing . In the refrain the word Night is sung with force and
gets the total foreground, while "be Sodom" becomes almost an
inaudible whisper. Very good and let's hope well!
The again heavy and gloomy
Netherbound is very interesting, more original, extremely
cadenced: it is an attractive poison.
Its guitars are very atmospheric though always rock
oriented. It is a really dark track for what this
musical direction can produce. Black Angel, White
Angel is the best way to close this CD:
oh! the Heavy Metal tendency finally gets the advantage, with a lot
of rhythmic energy.
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