The Devil's Rain

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Released in 2011, The Devil’s Rain marks phase three of the Misfits, and it is the first album of original material since Famous Monsters, released 12 years prior. In this incarnation, the group’s last original member, Jerry Only, takes the frontman role and is joined by guitarist Dez Cadena (Black Flag) and drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce (Murphy’s Law) -- a lineup that was road-tested on their ‘50s covers album, Project 1950. Misfits purists who live and die by the Danzig-led era shouldn’t expect to be converted. In fact, even the fans who embraced Michale Graves as a replacement vocalist might have a hard time with the bassist’s deadpan, articulate crooning. He may be a devil-locked punk icon, but he sounds an awful lot like Pat Boone, and his presence behind the microphone is just as intimidating. Musically, the three-piece fares better, but is hindered by flat production and suffers from the fact that the group never tries to expand on the vocabulary established 30 years ago. If Famous Monsters was a step back for the Misfits legacy, this is a bigger step in the wrong direction.

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