Danzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey. The band is the musical outlet for singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain. They play in a bluesy doom-driven heavy metal style influenced by the early sound of Black Sabbath.
On July 14, 1986, Samhain performed at The Ritz in New York in what was to be their final show. In attendance was Rick Rubin, who was scouting for potential bands to sign to his record label, Def American. Rubin at first wished only to sign Danzig, with the intent of making him the vocalist for a hard rock supergroup that Rubin envisioned. However, Danzig refused to sign to Rubin’s label without Samhain’s bassist Eerie Von. In 1987, he added John Christ on guitar and Chuck Biscuits (ex-Black Flag) on drums. To reflect the change in musical direction and avoid having to start anew after future lineup changes, Glenn, on Rubin’s advice, changed the name of Samhain to his surname, Danzig.
In 1988, the band released its first album on Def American (later renamed to American Recordings).
In 1990, Danzig released its second album, Danzig II: Lucifuge. By 1992, Rubin’s involvement with the band had waned. Danzig himself took credit for co-producing the third album, Danzig III: How the Gods Kill. The following year the band released the Thrall: Demonsweatlive EP, which contained several live tracks from the band’s 1992 Halloween show as well as three new studio tracks. The live version of “Mother,” a song from the first album, became popular on hard rock radio stations. A new version of the “Mother” music video was created using live footage, and the video became a hit on MTV as well.