Hard Reviews 2
by Martin Popoff

Danzig - 6:66 Satan's Child

5blackacidevil was supposed to be a new commercial venture for Danzig, but it was not to be. Walt's brother Roy Disney caught word that Danzig was signed to Disney imprint Hollywood and, disapproving of Danzig's passion for the dark arts, quashed the album as well as the offer to Glenn of his own label. Three years later and there's a new, heavier Danzig spread, Satan's Child driven with the force of guitars and real (sounding!) drums. It's definitely a return, full of evil doomy guitar chords, multiple eccentric Danzig vocals, and lots of metal. One wee complaint: the riffs are all very simple, although Danzig, Peter Lorimer and his team of Orgy folk do a great job of dressing them up with electronic peripherals. Far and clear best track is the record's closer, 13, which finds Danzig doing a timeless, Johnny Cash sort of Born Under A Bad Sign update. Elsewhere, Belly Of The Beast and Five Finger Crawl do a good Danzig/Ministry slice, although they find a way to breathe at least to the level of Geezer's Black Science. The mystique is maintained, and the industrial restrained, two advantageous factors which, coupled with the natural talent and ability of this man and his plan, make for a damn good bit of poison modern rock.
Rating 8.5

Cathedral - In Memoriam
(Rise Above)

In Memoriam documents the ill conception of one of doom metal's most crucial lava flows, Cathedral ambling from the ashes of Lee Dorrian's backswitch reaction to his days with Napalm Death. Already once out on CD and as a vinyl EP, the four near unlistenable, loveable tracks that comprise these '90 sessions are augmented with five live tracks which were on a tape hiding under Garry's bed. Said lethargic and difficult slushpiles document a piece of a 1991 show in Holland, the band performing (seemingly in front of no one) a stack of melted wax that sounds like some sort of Sonic Youth art piece slowly sloshed with tubs of tar. A scar is born.
Rating 6

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