Samhain – “Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire” (1986)

Samhain IIIMore howls from the depths of oblivion from Mr. Danzig.  Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire was to be the last Samhain album before Glenn signed with Rick Rubin’s Def American label and launched the band Danzig (with Rubin producing) for a self-titled album in 1988.  Indeed, Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire inches closer to what would become the Danzig sound.  Glenn wrote some of his best Samhain material on this final album, though the execution was somewhat lacking.  The band sounds a bit sloppy and the production leaves something to be desired.  I can’t help but be distracted by the slap-dash backing vocals.  I wonder what quality tunes like Mother Of Mercy, Novembers Fire, and even Halloween II (previously recorded by Misfits) would have sounded like if they had been performed by the original Danzig band with Rubin producing.  John Christ’s guitar playing and Chuck Biscuit’s drumming would have been most welcome here, though I don’t think anybody could have rescued Human Pony Girl from the shitter.  My score: B-

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