Aside from an all-covers compilation in 2003, The Misfits haven’t put out an album since 1999’s Famous Monsters. But the decade-plus drought is about to come to an end, as the iconic hardcore punk band announced the arrival of new album The Devil’s Rain, due in stores Oct. 4.
To promote the album, the trio will embark on a two-month tour across the United States beginning in late September.
But the Misfits of today are not the same Misfits that put the genre of “horror-punk” on the map in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. For the sake of context, bassist Jerry Only, the sole constant member of the band, still leads the modern-day Misfits, but the original band was fronted by guitarist and singer Glenn Danzig.
Tension between Danzig and Only caused The Misfits to disband in 1983. From there, Danzig went on to start his eponymous heavy metal outfit Danzig, still active today. After a lengthy legal battle between Only and Danzig, Only won the rights to use the Misfits name. Though two Danzig-less albums appeared in the late ‘90s, sailing was not smooth, as numerous changes in personnel have kept the new Misfits highly unstable over the past 12 years.
But now, with guitarist Dez Cadena (formerly of Black Flag) and drummer Eric Arce on board, Only claims the lineup is finally stable. Not only does Only seem confident the trio is here to stay, but he also claimed in an interview with Rolling Stone that The Devil’s Rain is the band’s best album of their career, period.
Diehards of the original Misfits will roll their eyes at that, but only time will tell if Only is exaggerating. Decide for yourself by streaming new single “Land of the Dead” below: