Walt Disney Co., which has built its reputation on being a bastion for wholesome family entertainment, is about to release an album by Danzig--a heavy metal singer whose work is laced with satanic themes.
The album, "Blackacidevil," will be released by Disney's Hollywood Records division on Oct. 30--the day before Halloween and celebrated in some cities as "Devil's Night."
Danzig, a 20-year music industry veteran, has long denied that he is a satanist, according to his publicist. She also said that the new album contains no satanic references, but includes lots of "dark, Gothic and sexual" imagery.
Hollywood Records, which has been a financial embarrassment to Disney since its launch in 1990, wooed Danzig away from Time Warner's American Recordings for a lucrative seven-figure deal, sources said. Until now, Disney has shied away from affiliations with controversial rock and rap acts.