Justin Donnelly of Australia's The Metal Forge recently conducted an interview with legendary frontman Glenn Danzig (DANZIG, SAMHAIN, MISFITS). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On his upcoming follow-up to 1992's "Black Aria", entitled "Black Aria II":
"It was supposed to come out last year, but I was switching distributors at the time, and I didn't want to give it to the old distributor. So basically I waited. Now that my distribution deal is done here in the U.S., it's finally on a release schedule. The album itself has been already been recorded for some time. I started recording it at the end of 2004, and into the beginning of 2005. But I've had the album written since 2000, or early 2001! (Laughs) Finishing it was really a matter of finding the time in-between tours, making other albums and all the other crazy shit that I do. I actually had to sit down and actually force myself to do it! (Laughs) That's really what I had to do. Once the album was finished, it was more the question as to whether or not I wanted to turn it in to my old distributors. I simply decided not to. But what I've since then was to spend a little more time refining it a bit more. I went back into the recording studio and recorded another track for it, which I would have to say is very creepy. It's all vocals. There's no music on it. There are so many layered vocals on it that it almost sounds like there's keyboards in there. It's just the way the vocals are layering and working with and against each other. It's a very creepy effect."
On the upcoming compilation album, "Lost Tracks of Danzig", which compiles a host of previously unreleased material from DANZIG's early beginnings through to the present day:
"'Lost Tracks Of Danzig' is old stuff that dates right back to the first Danzig album (1988's 'Danzig') right through to now. I was only able to start work on this album when the court case was finally sorted out. When I left American Recordings in 1994, Rick Rubin (label founder and renowned producer) sued me and I sued him. I ended up winning all my unreleased material back. Anything he never released, including any live shows we recorded that he never put out, I won back and own. There was some stuff that he has yet to turn over because he can't find them; well, he says that he can't find them, but I have most of the recordings. He still has the rights to the albums that were released through his label, but we're trying to get them back now because he hasn't been accounting back to us properly. So we're trying to get those back from him. But that's a whole other story. We actually just shot a video for one of the songs on this new album just last week. That's called 'Crawl Across Your Killing Floor'. That was a song that didn't make it onto 'Danzig 6:66 Satans Child' (1999). This album wasn't planned as a way of clearing out the vaults just for the sake of getting new material out there. It's something that fans have been asking me for. I always get questions from fans as to how they can get a hold of this track or that one. There are a lot of old second-rate demo cassettes of songs that were half finished floating around out there. So I just sat down and sifted through the songs and just seeing which ones were good enough to be on an album, and which ones weren't. So far there's about twenty-six or so songs."
On the eventual follow-up to 2004's "Circle Of Snakes".
"We'll see. I mean, eventually there will be another album, but not right now. I've really been concentrating on releasing 'Black Aria II' and finishing up this 'Lost Tracks Of Danzig' compilation. I have to have this done by the end of August if I want it to come out in late November. That's what's really been taking up my time of late. I've also been writing scripts for movies and a few other things as well. So my life is a little crazy at the moment. I know that eventually I want to do this blues album that I've been talking about doing for a while too. I'm hoping to work with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell (who in the past guested on 'Danzig 5 – Blackacidevil') on that album when he gets back from tour. If that doesn't work out, then I'll talk to Hank Williams III about doing it with him. I just did a show with him, and we recorded the rehearsal at my friend's recording studio live, and it came out really good. We were both kind of really happy. Perhaps that's maybe the way I'll end up going. We'll just have to see what happens."
Read the entire interview at www.themetalforge.com.