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Misfits - Cuts From The Crypt (-/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Roadrunner Records
Playing time: 47:48
Band homepage: Misfits

Tracklist:

  1. Dead King Rise (Demo Version)
  2. Blacklight (Demo Version)
  3. The Haunting (Demo Version)
  4. The Hunger (Demo Version)
  5. Mars Attacks (Demo Version)
  6. Dr. Phibes Rises again (Demo Version)
  7. I Got A Right
  8. Monster Mash
  9. I Wanna Be A NY Ranger
  10. Scream (Demo Version)
  11. 1,000,000 Years BC
  12. Helena 2
  13. Devil Doll
  14. Fiend Without A Face
  15. Bruiser
  16. No More Moments
  17. Rise Above (Live)
Misfits - Cuts From The Crypt
Together with AGATHOCLES, BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE, the MISFITS are the band with the most chaotic discography in music-history (my census resulted in 12 7"-singles and -EPs, 4 12"-EPs, 19 complete CDs, 1 4-CD-box and 3 CD-singles - and these are only the official releases!). In my music-fan-career I have never paid any attention to the MISFITS, I cannot really say why (but maybe the strange covers, which are missing my taste by light years?), but anyway, "Cuts From The Crypt" is my first real acoustic contact with this troop.

And this rarity-collection shows me that I could befriend the contained music! We get the 96-"Mars Attacks"-demo, partial unreleased tracks or stuff that had only been available on limited editions and a live-cover-version of BLACK FLAG's "Rise Above" (with BF-drummer Robo and singer/guitarist Dez Cadena).

Musically we get the high-speed-Punk Rock that we already are used to from the MISFITS (or which I just discovered for myself), simple, straight and very, very catchy, if you add the horror-image of the band, you'll get something that you could describe as cult, the acoustic version of the horror-comics of the Sixties, e.g. "Monster Mash" could just as well have been played at the "Munsters", would really fit.

MISFITS-Fans (if they have not gone bankrupt because of the release-policy of the band) should need this one, not least because of the extensive liner-notes in the booklet, who doesn't know the MISFITS yet, well, you have to start somewhere and if you stand in front of the wall of CDs of the Americans in your CD-shop... But people, who know the band rather recommend "American Psycho" for newcomers, so let's trust their word...

Alexander Melzer



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