Unholy Passion
Unholy Passion
Back cover used due to explicit nudity.
Extended play by Melvins
Released 1985
Recorded October-December 1984, 1987
Genre Horror Punk, Gothic Rock, Deathrock
Length 13:58
Label Caroline / Plan 9
Producer Glenn Danzig
Melvins chronology
Unholy Passion
Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire

Unholy Passion is the only EP by Lodi, New Jersey deathrock band Samhain.


The original Unholy Passion EP was released in 1985, featuring a host of new recordings. It's the first release with guitarist Damien and the last studio release with Steve Zing. In 1987 Danzig re-recorded the guitar and some vocal tracks for the songs, removing the original work done by Pete "Damien" Marshall. The recordings were given new mixes and the additional dark ambient song "Misery Tomb". This re-recorded EP would be released as part of Final Descent in 1990. The remixed versions were released as a standalone CD for the first time as part of the Samhain Box Set in 1999 and as an individual CD in 2000.

The original 12" vinyl EP was pressed twice: once on black vinyl and the classic tan cover, and then again in 1986, on both red and black vinyl (with a maroon sleeve), and white vinyl (with tan cover). The original EP is long out of print and has never been repressed though has been frequently bootlegged.

According to Eerie Von in his photographic book Misery Obscura the album was “a departure from our first release: more underground, more tribal. A step back further into the darkness”.


Original Vinyl ReleaseEdit

  • A1. Unholy Passion (3:10)
  • A2. All Hell (2:19)
  • B1. Moribund (1:43)
  • B2. The Hungry End (3:06)
  • B3. I Am Misery (3:40)

CD ReissueEdit

  • 1. Unholy Passion (3:10)
  • 2. All Hell (2:19)
  • 3. Moribund (1:43)
  • 4. The Hungry End (3:06)
  • 5. Misery Tomb (3:24)
  • 6. I Am Misery (3:40)


  • Glenn Danzig - Vocals, Overdubbed Guitar, Keyboards, Producer
  • Damien - Guitar (Original Release)
  • Eerie Von - Bass
  • Steve Zing - Drums

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