Danzig (album)

Danzig is the 1988 debut album of the eponymous band led by Glenn Danzig, formerly the songwriter and vocalist of The Misfits and Samhain.

The album was also the first release on producer Rick Rubin's new label Def American Recordings. Def American's successor, American Recordings reissued the album in the USA and UK in 1998. It was recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios and Chung King Metal, and mixed at Smoke Tree and Village.

The song "Mother" became a hit on radio and MTV in 1993-94 after a new video-single with live footage was created to mark its inclusion on Thrall: Demonsweatlive; the song was also later included on various hard-rock/heavy metal/alternative music compilations, including the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Guitar Hero II (to which a final solo was added, in this case) and True Crime: New York City.

Danzig is the band's best-selling album and was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1994. (Thrall: Demonsweatlive was certified Gold at the same time; although it later reached platinum status, it is categorized as an EP, not a full album)

While 1990-1998 pressings of the CD had the Parental Advisory label in the form of a sticker on the cellophane wrap, pressings since 1998 have the label printed on the artwork. Danzig is one of few albums labeled as "explicit" despite the virtual absence of profanity (save for one use of the word "whore" in "Possession").

Track listing

All songs written by Glenn Danzig.

  1. "Twist of Cain" – 4:17
  2. "Not of This World" – 3:42
  3. "She Rides" – 5:10
  4. "Soul On Fire" – 4:36
  5. "Am I Demon" – 4:57
  6. "Mother" – 3:24
  7. "Possession" – 3:56
  8. "End of Time" – 4:02
  9. "The Hunter" – 3:31
  10. "Evil Thing" – 3:16



  • Producer: Rick Rubin
  • Engineers: Dave Bianco, Steve Ett, Jim Scott
  • Mastering: Howie Weinberg
  • CD Mastering: Barry Diament
  • Photography: Mark Weiss


Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 125

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Mother" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17
1994 "Mother" The Billboard Hot 100 43

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