Circle of Snakes

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Circle of Snakes
Studio album by Danzig
Released August 31, 2004
Recorded 2003 - 2004 at Ocean Studios in Glendale, California and Paramount in Hollywood, California
Genre Heavy metal, gothic metal, doom metal
Length 42:13
Label Evilive Records
Producer Glenn Danzig
Danzig chronology
I Luciferi
(2002)
Circle of Snakes
(2004)
Black Aria II
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
antiMusic 4/5 stars [2]
Brave Words 8/10 stars [3]
KNAC 3.5/5 stars [4]
Rock Hard 7/10 stars [5]

Circle of Snakes is the eighth studio album by Danzig. It was released on August 31, 2004. It is the first studio album by the band since their debut recording not to have a number incorporated into its title (though the debut has often since been retroactively called "Danzig 1").

Music and recording[edit]

Circle of Snakes was recorded at Ocean Studios and Paramount Recording Studios, both based in California.

As with the band's eponymous debut, Circle of Snakes features a somewhat stripped-down sound.[6]

For the recording of his vocals on Circle of Snakes, Glenn Danzig sought out microphones that would give his vocals more bottom end.[7] Danzig's vocals are less prominent on most songs; instead the guitars, bass and drums are at the top of the album's mix.[8] The album also features a notably heavy guitar tone.[6]

Circle of Snakes marked the first Danzig recording to feature guitar work by Tommy Victor of Prong. Victor had been an occasional touring member of the band since 1996. Bevan Davies, previously a touring drummer for Jerry Cantrell, also appears on the album.

The album begins with "Wotan's Procession", a dirge-like instrumental track.[8]

The lyrics for the song "SkinCarver" suggest a serial killer with a fascination for human pelts.[8]

The song "Skull Forrest" originated from a dream experienced by Glenn Danzig, in which he walked “through a corridor full of bones and rotting corpses, and people’s faces I knew.”[7]

The track "1000 Devils Reign" is notably melodic amongst most other songs on Circle of Snakes. It served as promotion for the album, finding airplay on the Sirius Satellite Radio station Hard Attack.

Reception[edit]

  • Allmusic - "Glenn Danzig returns to his immediate post-Misfits roots with the stripped-down Circle of Snakes, an 11-track chunk of brutality that forgoes the murky alt-metal and industrial meanderings that marred many of his mid-to-late-'90s offerings."[6]
  • KNAC - "Circle of Snakes is a damn fine metallic rock record; and an excellent Danzig record. Label-changes, line-up changes, and time have not stopped this man from making great music."[8]
  • antiMusic - "Circle of Snakes is a heavy record. Everything you would want out of this band is here...From start to finish Circle of Snakes is full of ups and downs, darks and lights, but proves to be a completely satisfying album."[9]

Music videos[edit]

A music video was released for the song "Circle of Snakes".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wotan's Procession" – 2:23
  2. "Skincarver" – 3:57
  3. "Circle of Snakes" – 3:07
  4. "1000 Devils Reign" – 3:47
  5. "Skull Forrest" – 5:06
  6. "Hellmask" – 3:14
  7. "When We Were Dead" – 4:46
  8. "Night, Besodom" – 3:28
  9. "My Darkness" – 4:21
  10. "Netherbound" – 3:41
  11. "Black Angel, White Angel" – 4:23

All songs written by Glenn Danzig.

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 18

References[edit]