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Wednesday, Jun 23 2010

The concepts of paranormal horror and rock 'n' roll often overlap. In the 1950s, R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins jumped from his coffin onstage, singing and blabbering in tongues; in the '60s, the Doors mixed menacing blues and ancient (occasionally Oedipal) mythology; in the '70s, Led Zeppelin found some inspiration in Aleister Crowley and Celtic legend. Glenn Danzig's musical career began in the '70s with the seminal pop-punk of Misfits, oozed into the '80s with goth-metallic outfit Samhain, and continues with the still-evolving, self-named Danzig. How deep goes his obsession with the dark side of, well, nearly everything? He wrote the irrefutably chilling country ballad "Thirteen" for Johnny Cash, and his two Black Aria discs (1992, 2006) explore a (deeply) gray area where Judeo-Christian parable, opera, metal, and John Milton overlap. He's no poser or Ozzy-fried goof.

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