Source Unknown, Summer 1990 --------------------------- By Paul Elliot DANZIG Lucifuge-Danzig II' (Def American 846375/CD) **** The Black Crowes may deride Glenn Danzig's blues, but there is no more menacing rock band than Danzig alive today. Even Deicide seem crass compared to the dark mystique of Danzig. No rock voice equals the foreboding in Danzig's. His words, too, are simply, classically macabre. Danzig's eponymous first album gripped like dying man but was muzzled by Rick Rubin's production, the driest mix of any rock record in memory. That album was at once more blues-oriented and more heavy metal than any Glenn Danzig had previously made. 50s rock'n'roll was at the heart of the Def American punk of Danzig's Misfits. The core of Danzig, the band, is blues. Glenn Danzig is the master of sinister, post-metal end-of-the-century blues. A little of it showed on Danzig', more shows on Lucifuge-Danzig II'. Killer Wolf' is taut boogie and threatening with it; what David Coverdale would call "a predator song." I'm The One' is as simple, only looser, sung on acoustic, Danzig's voice close to a whisper as he tempts, "if you want to hear evil, just come a little bit close." The mellower Danzig's vocal, the stronger the song. 777' is big, sifting, slide-driven, moves like a sidewinder and echoes the Masters Of Reality's John Brown'. Blood & Tears' could be the finest song Glenn Danzig has written. It's certainly the finest he's sung. Danzig wrote a song for Roy Orbison on the Less Than Zero soundtrack and Blood & Tears' is as bitter and aching as The Big O's bluest. Danzig sings a ballad with the richness of Orbison and the spookiness of Morrison. Lucifuge' is a rock record of rare power and mystery, but an album of love songs, written and sung by Glenn Danzig, would be up there with his beloved Memphis Record'.