American Psychoby Misfits
Though it can't really be The Misfits without GLENN DANZIG's amazing crooning and songwriting, try holding on to that prejudice after hearing the crunch and pummel of the band's first LP in 14 years. DANIEL REY's produced, and Nevermind NIRVANA mixer/Bad Religion's Stranger Than Fiction producer ANDY WALLACE ferociously mixed. With their treatment, songs such as "Walk Among Us' and "The Haunting" are just a few of the tunes that bring back the thrill of 1982's Walk Among Us. Most of the cuts even reuse the "wooah-wooahs" that were the band's trademark. New singer MICHALE GRAVES is a good find for a difficult position, and bassist JERRY ONLY and his guitarist brother DOYLE (much improved in the years since he replaced BOBBY STEELE) present an airtight case they they were the Misfits sound as much as Danzig, and can recreate it at will. In fact, this LP should have been the follow-up to Walk Among Us instead of that awful Earth A.D./Wolsblood hardcore mess that effectively ended the orignal band's career in 1983, when Danzig split off to form SAM HAIN on the way to a solo metal career. The Misfits return to New York stages is a brilliant, mega-scary sight!
- Release Date:
- Fontana Geffen
Performance CreditsMisfits Primary Artist
Michale Graves Vocals
Jerry Only Bass
Hillary Johnson Overdubs
Technical CreditsJerry Only Art Direction
Daniel Rey Producer
Andy Baker Engineer
Grace Falconer Contributor,Overdub Assistant
Chris Kerwin Art Direction
Basil Gogos Paintings
John Smith Engineer
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To me, this is the best .. new and fresh and Mikey's vocals are AMAZING!!!!!!! I'm very proud of the guys and their talent shows!!! I highly advise every fiend to buy this album!!!!! V'''V
The new lp is the best.. It gives Walk Among Us a run for it's money..! The tracks Scream and Helena are well put together and I agree with the 1st comment, Michale's vocals are much better and very clear! Punk for ever!!
This album is an alright album, but I must admit it is not one of their best pieces of work. I can't blame them though. It is their first album in a long time with a new vocalist, but if you want music with Michale on it go with Famous Monsters. You are better off getting a different album if you want some of their better work.
I really don't understand why many punk fans say the Misfits aren't anything without Danzig. Danzig is very old news at this point, folks. Michale is a much more accomplished vocalist and it's evident in cuts like ''Here come the Dead'' and ''The Shining'' and my favorite Misfits cut to date ''Thing From Hell''. Plus Michale has great diversity where as Glen always sounds like Glen. I heard rumor Michale has returned to the band. Let's hope so. This is an exceptionally creative and listenable album from start to finish, and if it wasn't for the tired way The Misfits write uninspired lyrics based upon old sci-fi/horror movie titles, this would be a rock and roll classic. Well, it is in my book.
After a fourteen year hiatus, numerous failed attempts, and Kryst The Conquerer, The Misfits gave us "American Psycho." They pulled off what so many bands cannot. Which is a lead singer change. To their advantage they changed their music. Now with guitars tuned down one half step, a heavier guitar sound, and much bigger production budgets, the Misfits slid right into the end of the '90's like they never left. New singer, Michale Graves, holds his own as the new crooner and proves himself worthy on songs such as "Resurection," "Don't open till doomsday," and "Day Of The Dead." With the change in musical style he also offers a multicolored vocal. He goes from soft and deep to raspy and strained to a little Elvis. True fans of the Misfits will understand that it would have been impossible for the Misfits to make this album to sound like any previous recordings because it's not 1977 or 1980 anymore.
A decent album, michale graves was a poor choice for vocals though... it's a shame danzigs not in it anymore. If you want to hear the misfits i suggest the collections I and II or some of their older albums.
I know that a lot of people have been listening to the Misfits since they came out, but I was not one of them. 1, I was not around when they first started, and 2, my dad only has their one cd, "Cuts from the Crypt." I have heard other people say that with Danzig their music was better, but I had heard it from te reverse of most people, I heard it with Michale Graves before Danzig, and I had never known that he had not been in the band originally until my father told me a few years ago. I have heard the Misfits with Danzig and I must say that they are both very good, however, their CDs with Michale Graves sound much better than that with Danzig. True, I did buy Collection II, and I like Last Caress, We are 138, and We Bite. I agree that Danzig has a very good voice, I like it much better than Gene Simmons', but not everyone would feel that way. I can only say that I agree that both sides of the Misfits, with and without Danzig, were equally good and different in their own ways.