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Final Descent Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import


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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 8, 2001
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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: E-Magine Records
  • ASIN: B00005AVNJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Night Chill
2. Descent
3. Death... In Its Arms
4. Lords Of The Left Hand
5. The Birthing
6. Twist Of Cain
7. Lords Of The Left Hand 2nd Version
8. Trouble
9. Possession

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you've found previous SAMHAIN works to be to your liking then you won't be disappointed with FINAL DESCENT. This album doesn't diviat from the other SAMHAIN releases & actually contains the whole EP-UNHOLY PASSION (tracks 6-9 & 11 were released as the EP UNHOLY PASSION back in 85 but in different versions). FINAL DESCENT is well worth the price escpecially if you don't have the UNHOLY PASSION material tacked on the end of your INITIUM tape (released in 86) or on the CD version from 87. Other than those repeat songs the other 6 tracks had never been released before. Look forward as well to the much anticipated SAMHAIN BOX SET which will be packed with all previous releases, unreleased material (SAMHAIN recorded most of DANZIG's first album, let's see how they sounded before RICK RUBIN got ahold of them) & a live video!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick T. Grady on February 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like others have said before, this is not Samhain's best work. The original version of "Final Descent" contained the first five tracks on this CD and the rest was filled out with the "Unholy Passion" EP. But now "Unholy Passion" is available on its own (and is worth picking up) and this CD is rounded out with 4 demos, 3 of which ended up becoming Danzig (the band) songs. To me, most of this sounds like it could be a Danzig demo or outtake CD more than a Samhain album. Any one of these songs, with a little work, could have ended up as a Danzig tune. In fact, original Danzig guitarist John Christ is featured on 4 of the first 5 songs (and original Danzig bassist Eerie Von was the only constant member of Samhain, aside Glenn Danzig himself). Danzig himself plays drums, guitar, keyboards, and sings on the first 5 songs, too. As for the new demos tacked on, I believe Steve Zing and Damien are playing with the band, but I'm not sure. There are no credits on this re-release.

This one is really for Samhain and Danzig enthusiasts. Anyone interested in getting into Samhain is best off starting anywhere else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
THIS IS SOME OF DANZIG'S FINEST WORK.ALSO THE LAST OF THE ALBUMS BY THIS GROUP; THE BAND WOULD GO ON TO BECOME KNOWN AS DANZIG. WRITTEN BY GLENN; THESE SONGS SERVED TO BRING US ALL ANOTHER TWISTED X-MAS, WITH ALL THE SOUNDS OFHORROR AND THE NOT SO IFREQUENT CHORUS OF PAIN-FILLED MOANING. ADD TO THIS ANASSORTMENT OF SLOW-GROOVE PUNK SONGS AND YOU ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO SONIC HEAVEN.HIGH POINTS INCLUDE: A REMAKE OF THE MISFIITS CLASSIC ALL HELL[YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE LYRICS], AND THE BEAUTIFUL MISERY TOMB[GOTTA LOVE THAT MOANING]. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE THAT THESE SAMHAIN ALBUMS ARE OUT OF PRINT.HOPEFULLY, GLENN AND CAROLINE RECORDSCAN RECTIFY THIS SOON.
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Format: Audio CD
So in 1990, Glenn Danzig had his own "solo" band, Danzig. He had a few old Samhain songs left over though, and there was some demand for the band since the debut had been so successful (Danzig Self-titled). So what does he do? He releases some of the recordings made BETWEEN Samhain and Danzig, and also records an ADDITIONAL Samhain song with the current lineup of Danzig. Confusing? Of course with all matters Glenn and the voluminous disography that he's had it can be, but here's an explaination. For a short while (86, 87), Samhain was basically Glenn and Eerie Von seeking out new members. For awhile they had London May on drums (from November Coming Fire) and John Christ on additional guitars. They recorded a few demos for what was going to be the final Samhain album(hence, "Final Descent"), Samhain Grim. Chuck Biscuits and Rick Rubin then entered the picture as well, so Samhain was no more and the band (now called Danzig) recorded their debut using all new songs. But there were still songs left over. So what does he do? He basically goes to the Samhain vault and finishes some of the stuff (some was done with drum machine when Samhain was drummerless) and also records an ADDITIONAL song, Death in its Arms with the current Danzig lineup. Half the guitars on here are Glenn, half John Christ, so basically what we have is a "bridge" album between Samhain and Danzig!

And what an album it is! "Night Chill" could be a theme for a non-existent Hellraiser sequel, "Descent" is a thrashy epic featuring some awesome axe-work from the aforementioned Christ.

Whats so cool about the album is this mix of elements. Since it has Christ it has some of the bluesy parts and shreddy solos, but it also has the gothic atmosphere of Samhain.

Its short, but sweet (at 5 songs).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you love Samhain as much as I do, You'll really dig the tracks Descent, andDeath...In It's Arms. Lords of the Left hand and The Birthing are pretty cool too.
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By GOJO on November 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every Samhain album is solid gold, but Final Descent may be my favorite. It fuses what was best about Samhain and what is best about Danzig into one unholy beast! It has Danzig's good production values and a heavier Danzig-esque sound while keeping the some of Samhain's general "vibe" and attitude. In my opinion Lords of the Left Hand, Death...In It's Arms, Descent, Night Chill, and Unholy Passion (that infectious as hell drum beat!!) are among Danzig's best stuff ever. I don't get why this album is routinely snubbed in favor of the albeit excellent Initium and November-Coming-Fire. If you like anything Danzig has done, outside of Misfits (casual misfits fans who don't like danzig's followup stuff, AVOID!) pick this up! I COMMAND YOU!
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