Glenn was credited with guitars on Initium though Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat is credited for leads on four tracks. On- and off-again Danzig cohort Steve Zing played the drums (and also was a part of the ultimate Samhain tribute, Son of Sam, along with another Samhain drummer, London May).
Initium starts with what would be a Samhain mainstay: an opening chant/dirge. This segues into the superb "Samhain," a song that still stands as the very definition of the band's sound.
"Black Dream" and "All Murder, All Guts, All Fun" definitely retain the late-Misfits vibe but "Macabre" and its intense lyric, far removed from any astro-zombie flick, brings something entirely new to the table. (cerebrus) birth is pain / (succubus) life is pain / (cerebrus) death is pain ... mortals of leveled grace / the world's end fierce / we who live are ever dead ... the feet are cloven / the child is burned:
"Horror Biz" also starts the brief Samhain tradition of covering and rearranging a Misfits tune and is a lot of fun. "The Shift" and "The Howl" provide some nice, moody atmospherics and the album's closer, "Archangel" is another 'fits throwback, actually started in 1981.
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