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Artist: "The Misfits"
Album: "Earth A.D."
Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Plan 9

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 9/8/2009

Review: At barely twenty minutes long, The Misfits' Earth A.D. is so short that if you blink you'll miss it, but it makes up for length in speed and shitloads of aggression. This album is far angrier than it's more melodic predecessor, Walk Among Us. The good news is that this album is good enough that you'll probably want to play it straight through again after your first listen through.

The Misfits sing about the usual array of spooky topics here: werewolves, demons, murder, monsters, and blood sucking ghouls. You couldn't ask for a better Halloween album, but unfortunately Glenn Danzig's vocals are so fast and mumbly that many of the lyrics are difficult to decipher without help. But believe me, that won't stop you from mumbling along with the vocals anyway.

Highlights on the album include apocalyptic "Earth A.D.", "Devilock", named after the band's signature hair style, "Green Hell" (famously covered by Metallica before they sucked), "Wolf's Blood", in which the narrator turns into a werewolf and kills babies, and the oh-so-romantic "Die, Die My Darling".

My review score reflects the shortness of the album--while I do enjoy this one quite a bit, given the choice between this and "Walk Among Us" I'll always go for that one (though admittedly, that one's not that much longer). Still, short though Earth A.D. may be, there's no denying that this album is a punk rock classic, and any fan of horrorpunk's collection would be incomplete without it.

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

Reader Comments

Droog
Sep 9th, 2009, 10:04 AM
I really like walk among us, but i just cant get into this one no matter how many times i listen to it. It goes downhill a lot from the previous release.
the axe and the smasher
Sep 9th, 2009, 01:21 PM
I love this album, my only real complaint is, and it has nothing to do with the actual album, I used to have Earth A.D as a cellphone ring tone. So now, every time i hear Earth A.D, I feel rushed to grab my phone.
☆☆☆☆☆
Sep 9th, 2009, 04:27 PM
So the shortness of the album is equal to 3/10ths of the score? I liked that I could finally lengthen my Walk Among us tape by putting all of Walk Among Us on side A and Earth A.D. on side B. I would give it 6 pickles. Jerk

Edit : I guess it only matters if you live in an audio analog only scenario.
pickled
Sep 10th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Still beat all the albums they put out after Danzig quit.
Member
Sep 10th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Nearly all of the Misfits songs have been covered by Metallica, including Die Die Die My Darling. The Metallica versions are also vastly superior. I hate to knock the Misfits, because they are a very creative band, but let's face it, Danzig can't sing and the rest of the band can't play. The Metallica versions have crisp, intelligable lyrics and sharp, complex guitar work that make for a far more enjoyable listen. And for the record, except for that odd few months when they were going to a therapist (St. Anger) Metallica has NEVER and will NEVER suck.

I'm not a fan of this album at all. Sounds like most misfit albums, namely a drugged up alcoholic mumbling and screaming while the rest of the band seemly plays as irratic and badly as possible. And before you ask yes, I AM a fan of punk. The problem is it's more of a concert medium and doesn't translate well to an album.

I would recommend instead you buy Metallica's "Garage Days" album. It contains two of the songs listed as well as some motorhead and other covers.
OH GOD
Sep 10th, 2009, 09:22 PM
danzig is a fine singer, you shut your face
☆☆☆☆☆
Sep 10th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I remeber the days before Metallica, everything seemed less corporate back then,
Letch
Sep 11th, 2009, 01:47 AM
oh my fuckin god did that dude really just say the metallica covers are "vastly superior?"
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAAHAAAHAAAA!!! !! oh man. ahh gotta calm down here. theres no accounting for taste but jesus fucking christ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!! some people shouldnt be trusted with a set of speakers. i wonder if he has a metallica sticker on the helmet he has to wear 24 hours a day.

ahhhh. whew. anyways awesome review proto, u always have the best taste in music on here. like remember that time i was the only person to comment on the faint album? ahhh yeah good times manG. u still live in VA? ima walk to jur house and fondle your cd rack.
Member
Sep 11th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Metallica, bwhahahaahahahah. Anyways, another fine Halloweeny album: Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations
Forum Virgin
Sep 12th, 2009, 03:10 AM
If you are going to do a bunch of horror themed album reviews the next two months, then I HIGHLY recommend Cacophony by Rudimentary Peni. All Lovecraft, baby. Plus, it always helps when the singer and songwriter of the group is a legit schizophrenic.

http://www.deathrock.com/rudimentarypeni/cacodisc.html

*cough cough* Contact me if you need a review copy *cough cough*
The Goddamned Batman
Sep 12th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HowardC View Post
The Metallica versions are also vastly superior.
Um, no.
duuuuuuuude!
Sep 13th, 2009, 06:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HowardC View Post
Nearly all of the Misfits songs have been covered by Metallica, including Die Die Die My Darling. The Metallica versions are also vastly superior. I hate to knock the Misfits, because they are a very creative band, but let's face it, Danzig can't sing and the rest of the band can't play. The Metallica versions have crisp, intelligable lyrics and sharp, complex guitar work that make for a far more enjoyable listen. And for the record, except for that odd few months when they were going to a therapist (St. Anger) Metallica has NEVER and will NEVER suck.
Part of the charm of The Misfits is the fact that the recordings are of terrible quality. Another chunk of the charm comes from the fact that everybody sounds slightly intoxicated and angry and incoherent. While low-grade recordings are hardly universally enjoyable, in the case of The Misfits, the lo-fi settles well. Being able to understand the lyrics (as in the Metallica covers) actually ruins some of the mystique of the songs. That said, I do like the Metallica covers but they are much like the rest of Metallica's body of work-- very polished and enjoyable but not tremendously creative. (I would like to point out the fact that "creative" and "very talented" are not synonymous.) The absurd theatrics of The Msifits in both their music and in their Danzig-era performances are two things that make the muddled, low quality recordings full of that occult (as in secret) captivating aesthetic.

Then again, there's nothing to say that any of us have to agree in terms of our musical tastes. I like a lot of polished and crisp music but it can't always beat out an energetic and confusingly presented record on the basis of its refinement alone.
pickled
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Metallica sucks
Give Me Black Summer.
Sep 19th, 2009, 11:23 PM
Die, Die My Darling is worth atleast four pickles by it's self. Seriously.