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Summary: Skeletons is a release that attempts to have fun, as well as pay homage to Danzig's roots and influences, but the end result is brought down by poor sound production.
Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
Record label(s): Nuclear Blast, Evilive
Skeletons’ production is monotonous, often favoring pick squeals over musical nuances, and always relying on Danzig’s voice to come through way over the top. Even so, it is a Danzig record, and Danzig realizes his strengths lie in having fun with the songs that he loves. Skeletons succeeds a little, too, in doing what it set out to do: baring a little bit of Danzig’s blackened soul.
By getting back to his roots, Danzig seems to have found a bit of the spark that made him such a formidable frontman in the '80s and '90s. Here's to hoping he channels a bit of that old hook-filled ultraviolence into future endeavors.
After an extended wait for new Danzig material this is certainly a welcome return and maybe a sign that Danzig is ready to dig in and really have some fun at this phase of his career.
Overall, the production on Skeletons is not great. It has that uneven feeling like it was recorded piece by piece over the course of months or years. The content is mostly good, especially the more obscure choices. This record occasionally approaches greatness, but just can’t sustain it.
Throughout his career, Glenn Danzig has pushed the envelope with every release, and it seems to be in the fabric of his being to evolve. If this album is any indication, he has a lot more to show the world. He is like a prophet, sharing his message, and his gift of music to the masses. Skeletons is a new avenue that should spread his gospel to acolytes new and old around the globe.
Glenn Danzig's intention to honor his musical roots on "Skeletons" is noble in concept. Nonetheless, the album's purposefully dirtied-up projection does it more disservice than veneration.
...what brings this album down is the mixing: It’s quite frankly horrendous. And while some songs are distinctly better off than others, like “Satan” and “Let Yourself Go”, even at its best the mixing of this album is lacking to say the least, with the otherwise excellent vocals sounding like they were recorded separately in a basement, and the guitars are so distorted (in a bad way) that you can barely get anything from them.
Skeletons isn't the first album Glenn Danzig has self-produced, but in the time of whatever gods may or may not exist please let it be his last. There are quality tunes to work with here, and Glenn only falls on his face about half the time, but the whole thing is boom box quality at best
In short, this album really didn’t need to be made, much less released for public consumption; perhaps as b-sides of a few singles, but not necessarily an entire album.
The problems with this album are numerous. Danzig’s backing band is perfunctory at best and the sound quality is murky but the biggest problem lies with Danzig himself.