Best known for incredibly catchy punk songs about murder and monsters, Glenn Danzig is the only alumnus of hardcore's old school to land an album at No. 1 on Billboard
's classical album chart -- 1993's Black Aria
. More sophisticated and eclectic, Black Aria II
is wonderfully eerie. Inspired by the apocryphal tale of Lilith (Adam's wife before Eve), whose fierce will led to her expulsion into primeval wastelands and her transformation into a demon, Aria II
is the sound of evil things committing wicked acts in the darkness.
Danzig wrote and performed most of the album himself, using keyboards to capture classical, tribal, and Eastern themes, simulating sounds from deep strings to kettle drums. The result is Philip Glass-style minimalism, with a leitmotif worthy of Wagner floating through the album like a giant vampire bat. Vocalist Tania Themmen joins the dark maestro on album closer "Lamenta Lilith," wailing like Enya reborn as a succubus. Eternal doom never sounded so beautiful.