Circle of Snakes

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Circle of Snakes
CircleofSnakes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 2004
RecordedOctober 2003 – June 2004[1]
StudioOcean Studios in Glendale, California and Paramount in Hollywood, California
GenreHeavy metal, gothic metal, doom metal
Length42:13
LabelEvilive Records
ProducerGlenn Danzig
Danzig chronology
I Luciferi
(2002)
Circle of Snakes
(2004)
Black Aria II
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
antiMusic4/5 stars[3]
Brave Words8/10 stars[4]
KNAC3.5/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard7/10 stars[6]

Circle of Snakes is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Danzig. It was released on August 31, 2004. It is the first studio album by the band since their debut recording not to have a number incorporated into its title (though the debut has often since been retroactively called "Danzig 1").

Music and recording[edit]

Circle of Snakes was recorded at Ocean Studios and Paramount Recording Studios, both based in California.

As with the band's eponymous debut, Circle of Snakes features a somewhat stripped-down sound.[7]

For the recording of his vocals on Circle of Snakes, Glenn Danzig sought out microphones that would give his vocals more bottom end.[8] Danzig's vocals are less prominent on most songs; instead the guitars, bass and drums are at the top of the album's mix.[9] The album also features a notably heavy guitar tone.[7]

Circle of Snakes marked the first Danzig recording to feature guitar work by Tommy Victor of Prong. Victor had been an occasional touring member of the band since 1996. Bevan Davies, previously a touring drummer for Jerry Cantrell, also appears on the album.

The album begins with "Wotans Procession", a dirge-like instrumental track.[9]

The lyrics for the song "SkinCarver" suggest a serial killer with a fascination for human pelts.[9]

The song "Skull Forrest" originated from a dream experienced by Glenn Danzig, in which he walked "through a corridor full of bones and rotting corpses, and people's faces I knew."[8]

The track "1000 Devils Reign" is notably melodic amongst most other songs on Circle of Snakes. It served as promotion for the album, finding airplay on the Sirius Satellite Radio station Hard Attack.

The track "Night, BeSodom" was originally tentatively titled "Devilsnight".[10]

Reception[edit]

  • AllMusic - "Glenn Danzig returns to his immediate post-Misfits roots with the stripped-down Circle of Snakes, an 11-track chunk of brutality that forgoes the murky alt-metal and industrial meanderings that marred many of his mid-to-late-'90s offerings."[7]
  • KNAC - "Circle of Snakes is a damn fine metallic rock record; and an excellent Danzig record. Label-changes, line-up changes, and time have not stopped this man from making great music."[9]
  • antiMusic - "Circle of Snakes is a heavy record. Everything you would want out of this band is here...From start to finish Circle of Snakes is full of ups and downs, darks and lights, but proves to be a completely satisfying album."[11]

Music videos[edit]

A music video was released for the song "Circle of Snakes".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Glenn Danzig.

  1. "Wotans Procession" – 2:23
  2. "SkinCarver" – 3:57
  3. "Circle of Snakes" – 3:07
  4. "1000 Devils Reign" – 3:47
  5. "Skull Forrest" – 5:06
  6. "HellMask" – 3:14
  7. "When We Were Dead" – 4:46
  8. "Night, BeSodom" – 3:28
  9. "My Darkness" – 4:21
  10. "NetherBound" – 3:41
  11. "Black Angel, White Angel" – 4:23

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danzig Recording Sessions". misfitscentral.com. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r703951
  3. ^ http://www.antimusic.com/features/05/danzig.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.bravewords.com/hardwares/1000759
  5. ^ http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=3539
  6. ^ http://www.rockhard.de/index.php?smod=p209MJ56rKOyMTyuWz1iMUIfo2qAo2D9pz9wn2uupzDhpzI2nJI3pl5xMKEunJkJnJI3Wzqlo3IjFHD9pzuspzI2nJI3WzAioaEyoaEWEQ0mAGH3ZvL%3D[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c Monger, James Christopher. "Circle of Snakes". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Burk, Greg (September 2, 2004). "Nether Bound". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d Stingley, Mike (February 28, 2005). "Danzig - Circle of Snakes". KNAC. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/danzig-new-album-to-arrive-in-august/
  11. ^ Ewton, Zane. "Danzig - Circle of Snakes". antiMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  12. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=Danzig&cat=a