I believe it marks the moment when Danzig truly transcended his punk origins and solidified his place as a heavy metal icon.

The Summer Solstice, also known as Litha or Midsummer, has been a significant time of year in many cultures, marked by festivals and rituals. The days have progressively grown longer since the Winter Solstice. We in the Northern Hemisphere, embrace the longest day of the year as the promise of a sultry summer begins.

Danzig is an influential heavy metal band founded in 1987 by former Misfits and Samhain vocalist, Glenn Danzig.

To describe Glenn Danzig as an influential musician would be an understatement. His contributions to so many musical styles are unrivaled in modern music. He is the godfather of the ‘devilock’ and the Horror Punk style. He offered themes rooted in paganism and the occult, openly satanic lyrics, hellbent on stirring controversy.

As great as Danzig’s back catalog is, I will always remember the group’s 1992 effort, Danzig III: How The Gods Kill. An album cover produced by famed Swiss artist, H.R. Geiger, this is Danzig at their best.

A musical departure from their first two releases: Danzig-1988 & Danzig II: Lucifuge, this third effort has more of a Gothic Metal sound. I believe it marks the moment when Danzig truly transcended his punk origins and solidified his place as a heavy metal icon.

My dirty black summer of 1992 will always be associated with this album and the “Dirty Black Summer” music video. A performance offering with some wild color schemes, these visuals dominated MTV back in the day. I’ve always thought this song was about going to hell. Hell is dirty and black; summer refers to the heat of hell. Danzig is talking about taking the left-hand path. Crossing over, into evil, knowing full well that his actions will send him straight to hell.

The Summer Solstice is only days away. Check out “Dirty Black Summer” and let this evil music bring out the sultriness in you! \m/

Danzig (1992):

  • Glenn Danzig – Vocals, Keyboards
  • Eerie Von – Bass
  • John Christ – Guitar
  • Chuck Biscuits – Drums
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