Samhain (1983-1987, 1999, 2011, 2012, 2014): a Gothic Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.
founder Glenn Danzig
(vocals/guitar/keyboards/drums (periodically)) originally planned the act as a side project with Eerie Von
(bass/drums) but when his earlier band, The Misfits contentiously dissolved, Samhain
became his full-time band. Unfortunately, Samhain
would be the least celebrated of Danzig's musical efforts and resides as a transition between the punk rock of the Misfits
and the dark, [[*+g]]heavy metal[[*-g]] and blues-influenced sound of his future band Danzig
. Both Samhain
and the later Danzig
, used the same horned skull image as a part of the logo originally drawn by artist Michael Golden for the cover of the 1984 comic book The Saga of Crystar No. 8
, published by 'Marvel Comics', with the font for both bands taken from the film The Giant Gila Monster
. The name of the band would be taken from the name of the ancient Celtic New Year: "Samhain"; the origin of the modern Halloween. The name is typically pronounced as "sam-hane" but within song lyrics, Danzig
himself pronounces it "sah-win", in conformity with the generally accepted pronunciation of the ancient holiday.
Featuring the membership of:Glenn Danzig (Real Name: Glenn Allen Anzalone; vocals/guitar/keyboards/drums (1983-1987, 1999, 2011-2012, 2014))Eerie Von (Real Name: Eric Stellmann; bass/drums (1983-1987)) London May (drums/bass (1985-1987, 1999, 2011-2012, 2014)) Pete "Damien" Marshall (guitar (1984-1986))Steve Zing (Real Name: Steven Paul Grecco; drums/bass (1983-1985, 1999, 2011-2012, 2014)) and John Christ (Real Name: John Wolfgang Knoll; guitar (1987))Samhain would release Initium (1984), Unholy Passion EP (1985), Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire (1986), Final Descent (1990), Box Set (2000) and Samhain Live '85-'86 (2001).
Samhain split in 1987 whereby several members would move on to form Danzig (the band), followed by reunions in 1999, 2011, 2012 and 2014.