The New Jersey based horror punk band Misfits are back, well sort off. The band announced on its website last week that it will release a new album entitled The Devil’s Rain October 4. The album marks the first time since 1999’s Famous Monsters that the band will release original material but this is not your father’s Misfits, or even your brothers Misfits for that matter.
Since no reunion is in sight with either Glenn Danzig or Michale Graves fronting the group, the band is currently made up of founding bassist Jerry Only, former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena and the recently hired Eric Acre. Only and Cadena – who is celebrating his tenth year as a member of the group – collaborated together on the band’s last album, 2003’s Misfits Project 1950 which was punk covers of popular 1950s hits.
The Devils Rain is composed of 16 tracks, including The Twilight of the Dead and Dark Shadows and is produced by Ed Stasium who has previously worked with punk juggernauts, the Ramones.
In a recent interview, Only said:
“Our goal is to keep perspective on who we are and always stay true to ourselves. The new album will only reinforce how potent the band has become with time. We plan to continue as always, to eclipse the past, block the sun and drag humanity by the throat into a world of darkness filled with ghouls, goblins and creatures of the night, where we are king."
It seems clear that skulls and zombies are still a top priority for the 52-year-old, who shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon as the group prepares to back the album with a massive tour that includes the US and Australia.
The album is available for presale through the band’s website, just in time for Halloween.