MISFITS - Famous Monsters CD
Though some say that the Misfits just aren't the Misfits without the fiendish Glenn Danzig fronting them, 'Famous Monsters' seems to indicate otherwise. If you're expecting the new Misfits, with Michael Graves taking over for Danzig, to pick up where they left off when Danzig split to form his own band in the early '80s, you don't exactly get that either. The core of the band remains intact, and consequently so does the Misfits' distinctive gothic/horror punk sound, but it has been beefed up with heavier, more metallic guitars and a booming production that makes old Misfits records sound positively primitive (which, of course, was part of their appeal). But the songs, those hypercatchy tales of twisted lunacy, are still as horror-fixated, infectious, and fun as ever. And though the Misfits' image--the ghoulish face paint and "devil's lock" haircuts--and gothic stage show first brought them notoriety, it's their Halloween-inspired anthems that remain their true calling card and 'Famous Monsters' has plenty to add to that legacy.