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Misfits: The Devil's Rain 

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It has been nearly a decade since the Misfits released a full-length anything, and decades still since legions of fiends declared they were "Teenagers From Mars and we don't care." Fear not — the group's picked up right where they left off. The Misfits are still the X-Files of punk. It's all about the "Unexplained," "Death Ray," eternal flames, B-movie serenades, and yes, more mummy parts then ever before. It's darker here, but the brutal clash of punk-meets-metal-meets-horrorpop still remains, and the ever-popular "whoa-ohh-ohhs" might just entice a new generation of fiends. Horror fans (and honestly, anybody reading this surely is) will love this eerie era just as much as the past — except maybe the protesting Danzig-only crowd. While the earlier sound was easily obtained (all you had to do was stab your amp speaker with a pocketknife), The Devil's Rain, with producer Ed Stasium of later Misfits and Ramones fame at the helm, is better produced. The lineup includes original bassist Jerry Only on vocals, former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena, and Murphy's Law drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce. Catch them at BackStage Live on November 12. And just remember: every day is Halloween.

★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)

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