Artist: "The Misfits"
Album: "Earth A.D."
Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Plan 9
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.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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.
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