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Glenn Danzig: Black Aria II

Genre: Classical
Label: Megaforce/Evilive

I've always supported diversity and creativity in music ... if for no other reason, than to avoid advocating the pop music cookie cutter that is the entire establishment, but Glenn Danzig has pushed my tolerance to the limit in that respect with Black Aria II. I'm certainly up to the challenge, but this is quite possibly one of the strangest albums I've ever reviewed.

First off, if you're expecting to hear metal, horror, punk or any combination of the three ... hold on to your teabag. Black Aria II doesn't feature even a smidgen of anything that can remotely be called rock. Instead we're treated to a dark journey through the primordial tale of Lilith, the first mate of Adam, who was cast out of the Garden of Eden and replaced by Eve; only to embark on a journey of demonism, sex and murder.

As cool as this all sounds, it really takes a true aficionado to follow the story as there are no lyrics to spell the saga out to the less informed listener. As an alternative, Gregorian chants, sitars and hints of Eastern and Celtic folk attempt to illustrate how a hatred of God and humanity swells within Lilith until she herself becomes a demon, forever etching her name into the annals of evil.

I found the entire chronicle of Lilith hard to follow without some lyrical account to accompany the music. Even though Danzig does manage to take the concept album to a whole new level, I can't help feeling like Black Aria II is just "ars gratia artis." At best this album could be the soundtrack to a motion picture featuring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube ... or maybe some really creepy music for your local haunted house.

It's entirely possible that I just don't get it, but without a hookah, a few ounces of chronic and Mapquest directions to Mecca I just couldn't see Black Aria II as slightly more than background music from the Axis of Evil.

Added: October 20th 2006
Reviewer: John Foxworthy
Related Link: Vizit Glenn Danzig Online
Hits: 2659
Language: english


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