Friday, March 25, 2016

Album Review: Earth A.D.

Album: Earth A.D.
Band: The Misfits
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Horror Punk
Duration: 21:08
Rating: 8.2/10

    Though it may not be the Misfits strongest album, Earth A.D. is a fantastically dark, evil sounding, violent record. The production does drag it down a bit, but the songs are infectiously catchy and intense at the same time. It features (in my opinion) the greatest lineup of the Misfits. With the amazing Glenn Danzig on vocals, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on power chord shredding duties, Jerry Only setting the fiendish tone on the bass, and ROBO thrashing on the drums, the Misfits seem unstoppable on this album. As always, Danzig's vocals are deep voiced, sinister, and catchy, but on songs like "Wolfs Blood", "Demonomania", and "Queen Wasp", he sounds quite angry. The guitar riffs are probably better than ever on Earth A.D., especially on (arguably the best misfits song of all time) "Die, Die my Darling". The guitar also has a lot of creepy sounding feedback as well, sounding like old rusty gates opening and closing. The sound on here is much more intense than previous Misfits albums, it sounds more thrashy and a little bit more metal influenced. The songs about B Horror movies are absent here, and the are replaced with violent humor and darker subjects more in the vein of Thrash Metal. The album artwork is cool looking too, especially the album cover. Earth A.D. is definitely not an album to overlook.

Strongest Songs: "Earth A.D.", "Demonomania", "Death Comes Ripping", "Die, Die my Darling", "Mommy, can I go out and kill tonight", "Queen Wasp"

Weakest Songs: "Hellhound"