Guitar World Sept. 1993 Danzig Riot Act By Jeff Gilbert Last Halloween, Danzig took the stage at Southern California's Irvine Meadows. "Man, all the crazies showed up - it was really out of control!" says guitarist John Christ enthusiastically. "As soon as we hit the stage, they started coming towards us, smashing the barricade; it was like an old punk rock show!" The Irvine Meadows madness is documented, in part, on the new Danzig EP, Thrall-Demonsweatlive (Def American). The seven-song collection is perhaps the closest one can come to experiencing one of Danzig's over-the-top shows without getting smashed in the face by a beer bottle or losing everything - shoes, pants and dignity. "There were hats, tennis shoes, bottles, cans, T-shirts and chains all over the stage," recalls Christ fondly. "The stuff hit us all night long. And in that mayhem we kept playing. The EP captured the energy of the live stuff; that part I'm real satisfied with." The four live Irvine Meadows songs ("Snakes Of Christ," "Am I Demon," "Sistinas," "Mother") are accompanied by three new studio tracks, of which Christ speaks with slightly less visceral enthusiasm. "We spent a lot of time getting guitar sounds on How The Gods Kill, making it all perfect and polished-sounding," he says. "With the new stuff, we just went in, tracked it all live and banged it out in one day. What you get is what you get." For those who missed out on the chance to spill blood and break bones at the now-legendary Irvine show, Christ says the band plans to release it, along with their next single, on home video. "We shot footage for 'Sistinas' and a couple of other songs, and we just finished filming a video for 'It's Coming Down,' which I doubt MTV will ever play. It's a heavy song with a lot of underground visual things going on. It's one of those things where if you haven't seen that kind of stuff before, it can shock you a little bit."