Danzig Charts On Classical Crossover Album Chart
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Glenn Danzig - known primarily for his dark, hardcore punk/metal sound - finds himself with a Top 10 album two weeks running on Billboard's Classical Crossover Albums chart.
"Black Aria II" (evilive/October 17), the follow up to Danzig's 1993 "Black Aria," debuted last week at #8 on the chart and keeps a firm hold on the Top 10 coming in this week at #9. Danzig shares the Classical Crossover chart with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, John Williams, Yo-Yo Mah and Itzhak Perlman.
Produced, written and - with a couple of exceptions - performed by Glenn, "Black Aria II" employs thundering organ, otherworldly chants, operatic lamentations, poignant strings, ominous percussion, ritualistic chimes and other mysterious sounds to tell the tale of Lilith, the Biblical Adam's wife before Eve.
"The first 'Black Aria' is very Wagnerian, and also has these violent, Scottish-Celtic qualities," Danzig reflects. "This one is more Eastern, because it's about Lilith. It still has a lot of the classic elements I like, but many of the sounds come from elsewhere because of this fascinating story, which has its origins in even older myths and legends."
On November 17, Danzig will kick off a special west coast edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour in Seattle. Headliner Danzig - Glenn Danzig/vocals, former Samhaim bandmate Steve Zing on bass, and Type O Negative's Johnny Kelly/drums and Kenny Hickey/guitar - will be joined by Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor, and Asesino.
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts."
Confirmed dates for the 2006 "Blackest of the Black" tour are as follows:
17 The Fenix, Seattle, WA
18 The Big Easy, Spokane, WA
19 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
21 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
22 Soma, San Diego, CA
25 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno, CA
29 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
30 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
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