Marking the beginning of Glenn Danzig's transition from punk frontman of the Misfits to master of metal in Danzig, Samhain is most often overlooked by the casual listeners and, not surprisingly, often the most revered incarnations by hardcore Danzig fans and loyal followers.
This 1984 debut is, simply put, astoundingly good. Hard and fast as hell, yet much more focused than the Misfits last gasp, Earth A.D./Wolf's Blood, Initium largely abandons the "fun" of the former Misfits lyrics and sing-along song stylings for a deeper, darker sound. The record doesn't take itself too seriously, though, with such tracks as "All Murder, All Guts, All Fun" and an updated "Horror Biz" constantly reminding the listener that the Misfits weren't that far behind. Ever the definition of an individual, though, Danzig pioneered new territority with this record, maintaining a "signature sound," yet without repeating himself. He may not have singlehandedly created this genre (though he seems to have birthed it around the same time along with Slayer), but for a few short years he certainly made it his own.
Initium serves as not only an incredible stepping stone between groups, but more importantly as one of the finest albums to emerge from the punk/metal scene in the early 80s. (Year of Release: 1984)
2. Black Dream
3. All Murder, All Guts, All Fun
6. Horror Biz
8. Howl Archangel
Download: Samhain - Initium
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