Artist: "The Misfits"
Album: "Walk Among Us"
Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Ruby/Slash

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 9/1/2008

Review: Walk Among Us is not the first album the Misfits recorded, but it is the first they released, and it's my personal favorite of their all-too-short catalog of material. It clocks in at a very short 25 minutes, but it makes a very fine driving album, due to the short, catchy, super-fast songs, and it's so damned good I'll often find myself listening to it twice in a row in the car (and there aren't a lot of albums I can say that about).

Featuring songs about martians, vampires, zombies, and serial killers, this is one of the albums that gave birth to the "horror-punk" genre. This album has a really harsh, raw sound, but it's not sloppy by any means. These guys played well together, and before everything all went to shit and the band fell apart, you can tell they really enjoyed playing together, which makes it all that much more a shame that everything went pear-shaped and the band broke up (the current incarnation may as well be a different band altogether). But they say that the brightest candles burn fastest, and as this album indicates, these guys burned brightly indeed.

There's not a single song on this album that isn't catchy and fun (and you will find yourself singing along with them, I promise you), but my favorites are "Vampira", an ode to Maila Nurmi's 1950s vampire character; a fun little ditty about a serial killer who decapitates little girls called "Skulls" (hey, I didn't say it was a happy album); "Devil's Whorehouse", driven by Jerry Only's frantic, thumping bass; and my favorite Misfits song of all, "Astro Zombies", where Danzig invokes his Elvis croon as he sings about alien zombies that rampage across the earth destroying everything in their path.

Some of the songs sound really dark and disturbing if you just look at the lyrics, but when combined with the catchy, fun music it's almost ridiculous how harmless and silly it all becomes. I doubt there's a person alive who's listened to the song "Skulls" and felt inspired to kill as a result. For people who are capable of taking this material in the tongue-in-cheek manner it's obviously meant to be seen in, this will prove to be an enjoyable experience from start to finish. This album isn't going to change the world or move you emotionally, but I guarantee you'll be physically moved as you catch yourself bobbing your head with the music and singing along.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Smooth Operator
Sep 2nd, 2008, 01:47 AM
And how could anyone not enjoy the 30second Braineaters. Classic album, by one of my all time favorite bands. Althought, I would have to say that Static Age is a better album.
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 2nd, 2008, 02:25 AM
Whoooooooah! Hatebreeders! Whoah!
Forum Virgin
Sep 2nd, 2008, 05:16 AM
I miss that catchy, almost "happy" sound the misfits used to have, in both the Danzig and Michale Graves eras. Danzig just didn't bring it across with much of his solo stuff. Say what you want about Graves, some of his 'Fits songs like Dig Up Her Bones and The Shining I rate right up there with Skulls, Last Caress, etc etc etc in terms of head-bobbing fun and adrenaline.
Forum Virgin
Sep 2nd, 2008, 05:17 AM
You should SO review a Calabrese album next Proto, it'll fit with the halloween theme perfectly!
What Video Games?
Sep 2nd, 2008, 10:10 AM
Awesome review. The first Misfits album I ever bought and still the best of the whole lot. And even better than the Braineaters song is the Braineaters music video, where they dress ROBO as a chef and cover his face in pig brains!
High Priest of Burbank
Sep 2nd, 2008, 10:42 AM
Let it go on record that I made a Misfits reference yesterday, without noticing this was here.

I'm pretty much a HUGE Fiend, so I'm very glad to see my favorite band on my favorite website. I'd have given it a full five pickles, myself. It's not like there's anything wrong with the album. At all. Also, Astro Zombies is one of the greatest songs ever recorded, EVER.
Sep 2nd, 2008, 11:42 AM
Try listening to The Undead album Dawn of The Undead. Bobby Steele's band, he was the guitar player on a completely different version of this album titled 12 Hits From Hell that was unreleased and was on the Static Age stuff. Its actually just as good if not a bit better. Actually 12 Hits From Hell is a superior version of this album because Bobby Steele has multitudes of superiority in the guitar skills department than Doyle. Now I like this stuff but thought I'd just throw that out there. Also try this band called Mourning Noise, they were a bunch of 14-17 year old kids that lived two houses down from The Misfits practice space and did a total rip off band that actually had far more complex songwriting/playing/melodies and a damn near identical Danzig sounding guy.
Sep 3rd, 2008, 01:24 PM
This was a cool band, too bad they suck these days.
Forum Virgin
Sep 4th, 2008, 09:01 AM
Danzig is an insufferable douchebag , but this album and the one that follows are two of the finest punk rock albums ever made. Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight? still makes me feel like a teenager every time I hear it.
Teenager from Mars
Sep 5th, 2008, 07:18 PM
I really dig the Misfits too, and Michale Grave's solo work is incredibly more notable than Glenn Danzig's.
Forum Virgin
Oct 13th, 2008, 04:56 PM
I love this album.
Sep 10th, 2009, 08:43 AM
Everyone loves the Misfits!