Los Angeles Times, 01/07/89 --------------------------- Danzig Demonstrates It Has the Mettle for Metal by Janiss Garza With its combination of punk energy, sophisticated thrash-like time changes and exotic Doors introspection. Danzig is a strikingly original band that may help redefine the course of hard rock. Though the East Coast group has yet to make a dent on the national charts, the turn-away crowd at the Country Club on Friday indicated that the band is attracting a following in the metal world. Danzig is the braichild of Glenn Danzig, formerly of another visionary group, the punkish Misfits. Where the Misfits' two-minute songs were as fast and explosive as gunshots, the new group -without sacrificing energy- slows down its music so that it has an almost eeie, unsettling effect on the listener. Add Glenn Danzig's spooky, Morrisonesque vocals to the winding riffs of "Twist of Cain" and the bluesy "She Rides" and the effect is even more darkly haunting. Occaisionally, a cold blast of speed broke the tension, but a tune like the relentlessly driving "Am I Demon" builds it up again. The band's cleanly produced Def American LP only hints at the powerful grit that Danzig contains. In a live situation, its seductive wickedness intesifies to a hypnotic resonance.