We are going to preface this review by begging Glenn Danzig not to punch Ken Kaizer in his face, while his review may not be WHOA-derful, he’s just being honest and giving his opinion.

Glenn Danzig and the boys brought us their long awaited album Black Laden Crown on May 26th.  This is the groups first release in nearly seven years following up Deth Red Sabaoth (2010). With 11 albums under their belt and such a long break in between albums it leads one to wonder, does Danzig still have it? Let’s go where eagles dare……

Black Laden Crown’s first track is its name sake, “Black Laden Crown”, the track is deceptively slow and somber, as is the next one “Eyes Ripping Fire”.  By track three, “Devil on Highway 9”, the album greatly picks up the pace, finally introducing the fiery outlaw Danzig we all know and love.  “The Witching Hour” has a bit of a “Mother” feel to it, yet still strong on it’s own merit.  As for the the rest of Black Laden Crown, it is more than likely not going to generate much new fanfare, nor spark the excitement of fans of old.  Obviously Glenn Danzig’s trademark rockabilly meets fan-fucking-tastic metal vocals do not (and could not) disappoint; he is, was, and will forever be THE man behind the microphone.

While there’s nothing inherently bad about Black Laden Crown, there’s also not much good either.  As much as it pains me to say it, one may say Black Laden Crown is mundane or maybe even meh.  Add in the fact that there are some obvious production issues throughout, it gives Black Laden Crown more of a raw demo feel rather than the 11th album of a honed legend such as Danzig.  It definitely raised an eyebrow here and there, a few times a slightly audible whoa (not a WHOA).   Bottom line, if you are a big fan of the genre and aren’t very particular with your Danzig, then Black Laden Crown may satisfy you. However, music snobs or cats with high expectations of Danzig are probably going to be a bit disappointed in this latest release and its lack of WHOA-ments.

Tracklist
1. Black Laden Crown
2. Eyes Ripping Fire
3. Devil on Hwy 9.
4. Last Ride
5. The Witching Hour
6. But a Nightmare
7. Skulls & Daisies
8. Blackness Falls
9. Pull the Sun

 

Bloodrock Rating:  2.5 out of 5 axes

Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on 6/1/2017