Glenn Danzig, "Deth Red Sabaoth"

Glenn Danzig hasn't survived the music business for 30-odd years just because his use of horror-inspired imagery perpetually attracts generations of teens trying to shock their parents. It's his understanding of the niche he's carved for himself-- a love affair with darkness and sludgy rock braced with stripper-worthy blues rhythms-- that makes his continued output worthwhile. "Deth Red Sabaoth," Danzig's first studio album in six years, opens up with the punk/metal thunder of "Hammer of the Gods." "The Revengeful" and "Rebel Spirits" are more stripped-down, while midtempo throbbers like "Black Candy" and "Night Star Hel" buckle under the weight of their own doom. No one can deny the nocturnal charm Danzig conjures with his voice and a strummed acoustic guitar for the cut "On a Wicked Night" before it bursts into an electric frenzy. He repeats the same trick on "Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain" before wrapping up the affair with "Left Hand Rise Above," where he wails to best Jim Morrison effect over crashing guitars and lumbering drums.