19 October, 2012

The Process Church of The Final Judgment

Danzig - 4p (1994)

I had no intention of posting a lot of Danzig on this blog, but something about this time of year compels me to do it! What can I say about this album that I haven't said before? 
4p is a swan song of sorts, an idea reinforced in the songs that mostly focus on death and departure. Perhaps it reflects the turmoil that the band was experiencing at the time as this is the final album to feature the original Danzig line-up, as well as a point of disembarkment for many fans. That it's a hit or miss record is understandable, since it's not as riff heavy or upbeat as its three predecessors. But what it lacks in energy, 4p more than makes up for in maturity and introspection. The band has never sounded as tight or polished; the drums have never been as audible. Glenn is at his vocal prime here, listen to "Dominion" and "Going Down To Die" and tell me you disagree. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say that 4p starts off stronger than any other Danzig album. I can't skip a single one of those first six tracks. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the second half of the album, which is applicable to the rest of Danzig's records (How The Gods Kill might be an exception). But a couple of filler tracks and small annoyances (vocals are underproduced at times, the sirens at the beginning of "Bringer of Death," etc.) notwithstanding, 4p is a crucial listening experience for anyone looking to embrace the darkness within themselves.

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