Samhain was formed in 1983 in Lodi, New Jersey, by vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Eerie Von following the breakup of The Misfits. The idea for Samhain, though, had allegedly been conceived a few years prior to that and a number of songs for the project were written while Danzig was still in the Misfits (the Misfits also recorded a few songs that Danzig had written with Samhain in mind). After tossing around several line-ups, the band was completed with Steve Zing, another Lodi native and former classmate of Von's, on drums. Danzig would also handle guitar duties, although former Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar played with the band at their first show and recorded several songs with the band. Eschewing the straight up punk sound and horror movie image of the Misfits, Samhain played a more goth and atmospheric style of music with some punk and metal overtones and the lyrics focused more on the occult and real life violence. Following the recording, but prior to the release of their first album, 1984's "Initium", Pete Marshall (aka "Damien") joined the band as guitarist. Steve Zing quit the band in 1985, either tiring of touring or Danzig's complete control of the band (depending on who one was talking to at the time) and was replaced by former Reptile House (2) drummer London May. This line-up would record the band's second LP, "November-Coming-Fire", which would be the band's last release during their lifetime. The band caught the attention of Rick Rubin, who was initially interested in signing Danzig to a solo career. Up to that point, all of Samhain's music was being released through Danzig's Plan 9 record label, but he was finding that the operation was becoming too big to manage on his own. However, Danzig refused to ditch Eerie Von. Around the signing with Rubin, Damien was fired from the group and was replaced with John Christ. The new band planned to record a 3rd LP, called "Samhain Grim", but when London May was fired from the band the project was scrapped and the band was reconstituted as Danzig. In 1990, Danzig and Von completed work on five tracks meant for "Samhain Grim" which ended up constituting the first half of "Final Descent" (the album was originally rounded out by a remixed version of the band's "Unholy Passion" EP).

In 1999, Danzig organized a brief Samhain reunion which consisted of Steve Zing and London May alternating between bass and drums, and Todd Youth filling in on guitar. Damien was unable to participate due to commitments with Iggy Pop and Eerie Von was not invited to participate because, according to Danzig, no one involved was interested in having him take part (Von, for his part, has stated he would not take part without Damien's involvement) . After the tour, Zing, May, and Youth would form Son Of Sam (4) with Davey Havok. The group released an album in 2001 (Danzig makes a guest appearance).

In 2001, a long-talked-about Samhain boxset was finally released. It included the band's 3 LPs, the remixed version of "Unholy Passion", and a previously unreleased live album (all discs have since been released separately from the box set). This marked the reissue of the Samhain catalog, which went out of print after a lawsuit settlement between Glenn Danzig and Misfits' bassist Jerry Only marked the end of Plan 9 Records in 1995.

In 2011 and 2012, Danzig performed Samhain songs as part of his "Danzig Legacy" tour. Zing and May participated in these shows. In 2014, Danzig, Zing,and May reunited as Samhain again, this time with Baroness guitarist Pete Adams (3) filling in for Damien.
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PL9-04 Samhain - Initium album art Samhain Initium (Album) Plan 9 PL9-04 US 1984 Sell This Version
PL9-07 CASS Samhain - November-Coming-Fire album art Samhain November-Coming-Fire (Album) Plan 9, Caroline Records PL9-07 CASS US 1986 Sell This Version
PL9-MC 10 Samhain - Final Descent album art Samhain Final Descent (Album) Plan 9, Plan 9 PL9-MC 10 US 1990 Sell This Version
EMA 61064-2 Samhain - Live 85-86 album art Samhain Live 85-86 (Album, Comp) E-Magine Entertainment, Evilive EMA 61064-2 US 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PL9-05 Samhain - Unholy Passion album art Samhain Unholy Passion (EP) Plan 9 PL9-05 US 1985 Sell This Version
none Samhain Last Gasp Live And Demos 85-86(7", W/Lbl, Gre) Not On Label (Samhain) none US 1994 Sell This Version


PL9-04/5 CASS Samhain - Initium / Unholy Passion album art Samhain Initium / Unholy Passion(Cass, Comp) Plan 9, Caroline Records PL9-04/5 CASS US 1986 Sell This Version
EMA 61028-2 Samhain - Samhain Box Set album art Samhain Samhain Box Set (Album, EP) E-Magine Entertainment, Evilive EMA 61028-2 USA & Canada 2000 Sell This Version


DR-4466 Samhain - Live 1984 Stardust Ballroom album art Samhain Live 1984 Stardust Ballroom(DVD-V) Evilive DR-4466 US 2005 Sell This Version