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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 13, 1997)
  • Label: Plan 9 Records
  • ASIN: B00008FJ98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Initium
2. Samhain
3. Black Dream
4. All Murder, All Guts, All Fun
5. Macabre
6. He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named
7. Horror Biz
8. The Shift
9. The Howl
10. Archangel [*]

Customer Reviews

There is magic in the music.
Captain_Blade
Most know Glenn Danzig's second band, Samhain, as the bridge from his Misfits sound to what you hear today.
Matthew Mclaughlin
You'd think a band like this could put out a good quantity of music with the quality they have.
Eric N. Gross

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mclaughlin on November 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Most know Glenn Danzig's second band, Samhain, as the bridge from his Misfits sound to what you hear today. Initium takes the darker side of the Misfits, fuses it with hardcore, goth and rock, injects it with a strong dose of Paganism and brings it all together with that voice.
The result: the music black magic rituals and the end of the world should have playing in the background.
Unsuspecting metalheads might not get it. Newer Fiends might not know what to suspect. But for the uninitiated who are willing to take a step beyond the normal conventions of punk rock/hardcore, this album can consume the soul.
Right away, Glenn separates himself from his former bandmates with an opening speech that dissolves into the pagan chant 'Samhain'. Songs like 'Black Dream', 'The Shift' and 'The Howl' are dark nightmares, full of vivid imagery, while 'All Murder, All Guts, All Fun' and 'Horror Biz' (originally a Misfits cut) are more aggressive. 'Macabre' and 'He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named' are more paganistic anthems. 'Archangel' is a melancholy finish, sinister and foreboding - and a hint of what's to come from Glenn Danzig.
Like the approaching doom on Halloween night, Initium grooves dark and haunting...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MReed on April 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
And it's playfulness only makes it that much more disturbing, with lyrics like "And the way the art starts to imitate life, at the end of a gun, at the edge of a knife." makes it an instant classic. Although I cant really recommend this to fans of the Misfits or, much less, the new Misfits because its divinely hardcore status and macabre aura ripped right out of a satanic ritual, make no mistake, this is darkness unveiled. But dont get me wrong it is NOT death metal in the vein of Sayer becauase it is actually very melodic and not even that fast. Its just well...gruesome..like getting your soul put through a meat grinder. Makes bands like Marilyn Manson look tame..

And for that idiot who gave it one star because he thought it was a harmonica playin artist which he so tragically idolizes, you can file his review under "not applicable". Anyone who could actually mistake three shirtless blood soaked men on a cover for everyones favorite blues harmonica player deserves every bit of legal injustice he waves on himself. I recommned reading more of this guy's reviews, its hilarious. I can't tell if hes joking or if he truly is a pathological moron.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janitor X on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There will never be any recordings darker than any of Samhain /Danzig's albums. "Initium" puts to shame any black metal or death metal album. After listening to this album, everything else considered "evil" will sound silly.
Danzig's voice never sounded better than on "Initium" and it kept evolving on the following Samhain albums. His voice easily defies any production value that could take away from it. His howls are just frightening as a wolf after a fresh kill.
The pagan themes are perfectly matched by the music, which makes it very primitive and cold. The fuzzy, simple guitars cut through the soul. The simple beat is like the march of the dead.
The beginning track is an audio apocalypse. Those who look deep will discover a twisted sense of humor in "All Murder, All Guts, All Fun" and "Horror Business".
The ending tracks, "Archangel" and "The Howl", are classics. No Goth band could possibly top these songs. The eerie, gloomy, aggressive feeling comes to a head to close the album.
Even if you listen to "Initium" during the day, it will feel like its night time. If you listen to this album during the summer, it will feel like winter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shaun on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
well i just saw Danzig in concert on June 1. And he still is going strong after all these years. So my intention was to pick up Danzig's self titled[which i reccomend if u like this title]. But unfortuantley they didn't have it, so i i saw Samhain "Initium" and picked it up, and have had no regrets about it. I did laugh a little when i heard Danzig's intro, but it also seemed fitting for his first release after the Misfits because he lefts you know he is back, and stronger then ever. These song do sound like they could of been Misfits recordings, and thats not necessarily a bad thing. There original, yet familiar at the same time. "Horror Biz" originally called horror business and done by the Misfits, sounds just as good as the original, and possibly even better. Of course my personal favorite on this cd is the much mellower, but definitley not weaker track "archangel." its different from the rest of the albums songs because it doesn't have the same satanic feel, and is a very catchy song even if it is over 5 minutes long. And don't think the cd is over with archangel cuz its not. there is a hidden track called "unholy passion" and it is an excellent song as well. so overall this i a must have for Misfits fans without a doubt. And is also a must have for anybody who likes Danzig, since Samhain actually recorded a few songs that are now done by Danzig.[see Samhain "November Comes Fire"]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "deathhead" on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Instead of falling into the pit of obscruity after the disbanding of the Misfits, Glenn Danzig put together a new band with a new vision of evil. While much of the Misfits songs were inspired by B-rated horror and sci-fi, Samhain brought graphic realism to violence. "Initium" takes all the great charecteristics of the Misfits and fuses them with a darker and more melodic vision of evil. While a couple of songs are more Misfit influenced "All Murder, All Guts, All Fun" and "Horror Biz"(which is a more slowed down and harmonized version of "Horror Business"), the other songs bring a feeling of impending doom. All the songs on "Initium" are Samhain classics. We get to see in my opinion the beginning of Goth Metal. The listener also gets to hear the transformation from Danzig the punk rocker to Danzig the dark metal god. It is a shame that Samhain did not get as big as they should have and get as much recognition as they deserved. "Initium" is a true metal gem. I would recommend this album to any true metal maniac and true fans of Danzig.
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