"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!"
The final descent for Samhain
Patrick T. Grady | Palatine, IL | 02/10/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
It's definitely not pop music
Patrick T. Grady | 05/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Not Samhain's best, but pretty damn good!
Patrick T. Grady | 10/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."