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Samhain

Although not the best known of Glenn Danzig's musical projects, the short-lived Samhain helped bridge the gap between the fierce punk of his Misfits days with the Sabbath-y metal blues of his solo band, Danzig. As most Danzig disciples know, the New Jersey-born singer first made a name for himself with the aforementioned Misfits, a group that merged a horror/comic book image with punk rock. Although an "underground" band during their tenure together in the late '70s/early '80s, the Misfits obtained much more attention after their split, no doubt due to the over the top admiration of Danzig and company by Metallica (whose members seemed to wear an endless stream of Misfits T-shirts at one point), which led to the continuous growth of their large cult fan base.

Some expected Danzig to launch a solo career right after the Misfits (he'd issued an obscure 7" single during his tenure with the band), but he instead decided to form Samhain. Although Samhain was basically a solo vehicle for Danzig (he was the group's singer and songwriter, and also played an assortment of instruments on subsequent recordings -- guitar, bass, piano, drums, etc.), he was joined by a variety of musicians during their existence. Initially, Danzig and onetime Misfits photographer and roadie Eerie Von (on drums) began rehearsing and writing for Samhain during the summer of 1983. After only a few months, however, Von decided to move over to bass, as Undead drummer Steve Zing took his place. With former Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar signing on soon after, Samhain recorded their debut album, Initium, which was issued in 1984.

But Preslar's tenure with the band was incredibly short, as Pete Marshall, better known to Samhain fans as "Damien," replaced him. This lineup remained together for a lone release, 1985's extremely limited-edition four-track EP Unholy Passion, before another lineup hiccup occurred when Zing was replaced with London May. This would turn out to be the longest lasting of Samhain's many lineups, and was the one that appeared on 1986's November-Coming-Fire. By early 1987, Damien was handed his walking papers, and was interchanged with newcomer John Christ. The new lineup was supposed to issue a recording in 1988 (under the title of Samhain Grim), but the recording was ultimately shelved, as Danzig opted to change the name of the band to Danzig (Samhain Grim was eventually released two years later, retitled Final Descent).

Although Danzig had repeatedly squashed reunion rumors regarding his former bands, he briefly resuscitated Samhain in late 1999 for live shows, as a mammoth five-CD box set entitled Samhain was issued the following year. Samhain collected all four of their releases as well as a live disc that combined tracks from a 1985 show in New York City and a 1986 show in Chicago. This fifth disc was given a its own separate release in 2002, under the title of Live, 85-86, by which time Danzig had put Samhain back in mothballs and returned to solo work. However, Danzig did reunite in the studio with Zing and "reunion-era" Samhain guitarist Todd Youth for the project Son of Sam and their 2001 release, Songs from the Earth. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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debradamico
London May on drums...so fricking good
Let the Catholics burn!!!
Let the day began.
dukesmetalwo r x
Why can't i go anywhere without hearing christains b**ching and moaning? stop trying to spread your idiotic fictional bullshit to the masses. go team danzig!
SUCKS!
Heyl saten
Ya Halloween. If you know the history in the name you'll get what I wrote
Ummm.....it' s music, art, creativity and soul coming from another person's view. It inspires some and offends some. If you can't open your mind enough to try and comprehend someone else's view and understand the world around you, then you are a sorry lot indeed. Enjoy the cubicle that is your life and let the rest of us explore!
Follow for follow
i AGREE WITH THAT tHURNIS !!!
Danzig is the most talented man next to GG Allin of course
i like how some people, sorry, person can be so offended by this. if its not an offense you shouldnt be offended. you wouldnt go off about the statue of david or greek or roman art styles, would you?? its art just like the rest. but who am i to judge, right
So no one finds it funny that the holiday Samhain isn't even Satanic and yet people are getting their panties bunched up? Can't we just all shut up and enjoy the music?
riverman172
Jesus freaks suuuuuuuuuuu u u u c k . Saviour selves.
saw samhain awesome.loud and crazy
I can't help but see a bit of irony at religious people complaining about satanic music on a website named after a Greek Myth.
So I request we take down half of the world that practices satanism without even knowing it face it, it's all around us just live with it.
Why would it matter if its satanic. If you take this down because its satanic, then take down that bullshit christian gospel station that people listen to to pretend they are good people.
bromide01 your a worthless loser inside and out f**k you and your fake a** cross bs
mtcanneries
bromide01 sux!
bromide01
This is Satanic. I request Pandora to remove this offensive music and cover art. Thank you.
kicker4ld
What kind of person would get upset when someone degrades them?
I always laugh at all of the religious ppl that get offended when something doesnt agree or degrades their religion. get lives morons. free country, free speech. deal with it or leave.
Danzig is awesome. No singer has been able to do what he did. An evil elvis presley sound.
scottdutcher
Danzig rocks. It doesn't matter if it's the Misfits, Samhain, or as Danzig. I think he's got one of the best voices in heavy metal.
gatkinson80
I think the guy is basically boring, and his "I'm a dark mysterious guy" schtic is waaay phoney....
TWISTOFCANE@ 4 2 0 YEA I HAVE TO AGREE WITH DUDE ON THE MISFITS WAS N A CLASS OF ITS OWN. NOT TO MENTION ALL THE GREAT MUSIC HES DISHEDOUT. SO YEA 100% GLENN F,/.ING ROCKS
Glenns musical contribution s with just the Misfits alone will surpass anything that most of us will ever do and you know it. Respect.
it's just not very good music. glenn danzig, he's kinda "hit n' Miss"....... . . . . . . . M o s t l y miss
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why is there a picture of me?
what the
slayer and samhain rule. 666 motherf**ker s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I love this song..
msheydayi
where is Son of Sam, Songs from the Earth???
bromide01
Ha ha ha. That's awesome.
you suck mr. give peaches a chance...yea h woo...all opinions suck except chuckie cheese's because nothing says integrity like an obese mouse selling pizza to a bunch of toddlers...y e a h woo...
WOW! chill the f**k out people and just listen to the music must we fight over every damn opinion? and yay for danzig pt1 AKA Samhain
huntingn
14th
steven_wilke r s o n
Long live Danzig 666
steven_wilke r s o n
Willow is a f**king p**sy. Shut the f**k up you worthless tool! I'd love nothing more then to disembowell you.
leave bromide alone. its not his fault that his parents are related and certainly not his fault that slayer was banned for being faggits. Now that is offensive to every one not just christians.
hey "real bromide" (your name is not as clever as you think)

You listen to Slayer but you leave a comment about Samhain being to Satanic???

Slayer was banned in India because it they were deemed to offensive to Christians
Samhain forever, may satan caress yr soul and leave you struggling for breath.
basically awesome
bromide01
Pandora please play more of this band. Also, please show a bigger photo of the naked demon woman on the "Uhholy Passion" cover because it is hot. Thanks.
STFU, Bro. This is America. Don't try to impose your pussificatio n on others. You don't like it? Don't listen. You know you want to rub one out to that "offensive" cover. You poor lil deprived man.
bromide01
Pandora please stop playing this Satanic band. Also, the naked demon woman the on "Unholy Passion" cover is offensive. Remove it immediately.
Not many people know that Samhain is the Wiccan holiday that we know as Halloween. I never knew that ole' Glen "I'm punk and a conservative douche" Dazing could be so pagan. I hate Glen's politics and love his music.
ill smoke to that
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