Circle of Snakes is the eighth studio album by Danzig. It was released on August 31, 2004. It is the first studio album by the band since their debut recording not to have a number incorporated into its title (though the debut has often since been retroactively called "Danzig 1").
Circle of Snakes was recorded at Ocean Studios and Paramount Recording Studios, both based in California.
As with the band's eponymous debut, Circle of Snakes features a somewhat stripped-down sound.
For the recording of his vocals on Circle of Snakes, Glenn Danzig sought out microphones that would give his vocals more bottom end. Danzig's vocals are less prominent on most songs; instead the guitars, bass and drums are at the top of the album's mix. The album also features a notably heavy guitar tone.
Circle of Snakes marked the first Danzig recording to feature guitar work by Tommy Victor of Prong. Victor had been an occasional touring member of the band since 1996. Bevan Davies, previously a touring drummer for Jerry Cantrell, also appears on the album.
The album begins with "Wotan's Procession", a dirge-like instrumental track.
The lyrics for the song "SkinCarver" suggest a serial killer with a fascination for human pelts.
The song "Skull Forrest" originated from a dream experienced by Glenn Danzig, in which he walked “through a corridor full of bones and rotting corpses, and people’s faces I knew.”
The track "1000 Devils Reign" is notably melodic amongst most other songs on Circle of Snakes. It served as promotion for the album, finding airplay on the Sirius Satellite Radio station Hard Attack.