Oh Misfits… why do you insist on making more music when you’ve lost most of the talent to other bands? Having Jerry Only on vocals is a huge mistake. It was risky enough when they replaced Glenn Danzig with Michale Graves (who turned out to be a truly awesome singer) but putting Only on vocals shows a band that refuses to preserve their past legacy and kill what respect they have left. It’s that bad. This is a disgrace to be released under the Misfits name.
Forget everything you’ve ever known about the Misfits and you will begin to understand the atrocity that is The Devil’s Rain. I thought that Dez Cadena would be the savior of the band, but I was wrong. Every single song sounds almost exactly the same, with very minor differences between them. On the title track, they sound more like generic metal than punk. It’s a slower paced song that quickly gets repetitive. Then they throw in the signature whoa’s… except it’s missing something. Oh wait, it’s the gang vocals that are missing. Only puts himself in front so much you can’t really hear the background vocals at all.
Going into the song “Vivid Red,” he sounds like he’s trying to impersonate Jello Biafra, but to the pain of my earholes, it sounds nothing like him. The drums are so stale it gives me nausea. The guitars are an honest try at saving the track, but they don’t work. Thank gawd it’s so short. The first single off the album is “Land Of The Dead,” and I was really hoping for some sort of redemption to their Project 1950 days. The only thing they have similar is that they have gang whoa’s (finally) in this song. The guitars and drums sound the same as always, with no venturing past what the egotistical frontman tells you to play.
The only throwback to their past is one of the only good songs on the album, “The Black Hole.” It has that classic sense of nostalgia like the first time you heard the Misfits (and if you haven’t checked them out yet, then you need to pull your HEAD out of your ASS and do so, at least for the educational value.) Familiar instrument songwriting, background whoa’s spread throughout the song, and the disregard to the metal influence that seemed to take over this lackluster album. Luckily, this continues into the next song “Twilight Of The Dead.” This song has more of a Michale Graves-era feel to it, with the vocal placement among the instruments, guitar solo, and the overall fun factor of the song.
If you want to hear Jerry Only actually sing (I sure as hell didn’t) then look no further than the song “Curse Of The Mummy’s Hand.” The singing is absolutely atrocious, the drums sound robotic, and the guitars are hardly noticeable in the song. It centers all around Only and his pathetic excuse for singing. Overall, the horrible, garbage songs destroy all hopes of this band ever getting truly together and doing something great with their music.