Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Cuts From Crypt
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Metal
In a parallel universe the Misfits would be gods. Admittedly it would be a universe created by darkly humorous filmmaker Tim Burton and every day would be Halloween, but such minor considerations have never held them back.... more »
In a parallel universe the Misfits would be gods. Admittedly it would be a universe created by darkly humorous filmmaker Tim Burton and every day would be Halloween, but such minor considerations have never held them back. In fact, for over 20 years their brand of gothic punk has attracted a sizeable cult following in the real world and with a new lineup taking shape in 1995 they found themselves attracting a fresh set of fans. Cuts from the Crypt raids the vaults of the past five years to showcase some of their best and unreleased moments featuring current vocalist Michale Graves. It's a no-nonsense collection of metal, punk, and rock located halfway between the Damned and Iron Maiden, with its tongue firmly placed in its cheek. In homage to the aforementioned director the first six tracks are from a lost demo called "Mars Attacks," while other highlights include their grimly faithful version of the '60s hit, "Monster Mash." Best of all is the ludicrously camp "I Wanna Be a NY Ranger," which suggests that the Misfits are what the Village People would have become if they had swapped the disco for the graveyard. Now that really would be a parallel universe. --William Luff
DEAD KINGS RISE
bloodfeast138 | Melbourne,Australia | 09/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the finale to the Graves area and overall is a fitting goodbye.
"Dead Kings Rise" is one of their best songs ever and why it wasn't issued on an album is a completely beyond me,it grabs you with it's skeletal hands around your neck and refuses to let go for the duration of the song.
The "Mars Attacks" demo is a bit more punkier than the"American Psycho" version and you can easily imagine the Ramones in the studio background drinking a few beers whilst"I wanna be a NY Ranger" was being recorded,it has a stamp of New York punk rock authenticity all over it.
"Monster Mash" was destined to be recorded by the Misfits and illustrates how the band had a great sense of humour about things as opposed to a lot of Black/Death metal types who take themselves very,very seriously indeed.
"One Million Years B.C." baffles me because like "Dead Kings Rise" it's another awesomely powerful piece of music that really packed a punch and showed The Misfits were very much back from the dead.
Why neither of these tracks went straight onto the "Famous Monsters" album will confuse me untill my dying day or at least untill I meet either Jerry or Doyle or Graves.
When we come to "No More Moments" this is the reason why I gave it four stars and not five also intially I wasn't that bothered about "Devil Doll" ," Fiend without a Face" and "Bruiser" but I have to admit that over time(and with a significant lack of any new Misfits material emerging from Misfits records) these songs have grown on me.
We read in the CD booklet how Graves had been listening to a lot of Jim Morrison at the time of recording"No More Moments" and it shows thankfully there were no more moments like that!!.
Was that the direction Graves was going to take the Misfits in
for a third studio album? we'll never know although in a final irony the last track is Black Flag's "Rise Above" an absouletly awesome punk anthem that any old punkers like myself will feel a rush of adrenaline when you hear the opening chords.
Whilst "No More Moments" was the funeral march of the Graves era of the band with Dez and Robo in the band and rumours of a new studio album (unfortunatly Jerry is notorious for mentioning ideas that never seem to happen or take a considerable amount of time before they do) full time now "Rise Above" may very well be a glimpse of the future
Let's keep our fingers crossed."