Misfits Albums Ranked

The Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. The group was founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, by vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist Glenn Danzig, and drummer Manny Martínez. Jerry Only joined on bass guitar shortly after. Over the next six years, membership would change frequently with Danzig and Only the only consistent members. During this time period, they released several EPs and singles, and with Only’s brother Doyle as a guitarist, the albums Walk Among Us (1982) and Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983), both considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement. The band has gone through many lineup changes over the years, with bassist Jerry Only being the only constant member in the group. The Misfits disbanded in 1983, and Glenn Danzig went on to form Samhain and then Danzig. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group’s dissolution, and their music later became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock. After a series of legal battles with Danzig, Only and Doyle regained the rights to record and perform as the Misfits. They formed a new version of the band in 1995 with singer Michale Graves and drummer Dr. Chud. This incarnation of Misfits had more of a heavy metal sound and released the albums American Psycho (1997) and Famous Monsters (1999) before dissolving in 2000. Jerry Only then took over lead vocals and recruited former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena and former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone for a Misfits 25th anniversary tour. Here are all MIsfits albums ranked.

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7. The Devil’s Rain (2011)

“This is actually one of the best misfits albums I have ever heard. You may have to let float around in your head a few times through. You will soon be addicted to that same old catchy misfits sound. If you are a misfits fan you will love this one. There is certain energy on this album that keeps it satisfying.”

6. Project 1950 (2003)

“Just simply amazing Rock ‘n’ Roll covers the Misfits way. I have it on CD and now on vinyl. My favorites are This Magic Moment and Monster Mash.”

5. American Psycho (1997)

“Awesome album my favorite misfits album…also the seller was first class and prompt….even despite the covid 19 outbreak…oh yeah it came from Portugal to new york so again awesome “

4. Earth A.D.\Die Die My Darling (1983)

“Here’s where the Misfits said goodbye to kitschy sci-fi and horror B-movie odes and entered the realm of real-world physical and spiritual violence. For some, it’s the least satisfying Misfits release. Taken on its own terms, though, it’s where the Misfits HAD to end up if they didn’t want to become a cartoon caricature. It also increases the tempos by about a bazillion percent, and songs speed by in a blur of blinding rage. 12 songs in 21 minutes. Some may miss the doo-wop catchiness and singalong choruses of previous Misfits, but Earth A.D. is brilliant in a different way. It forces you back in your seat instead of making you want to jump out of it. Glenns voice is in fine form, and punctuated with a lot more syncopation in the rhythms on this batch of songs. Indeed, the drumming is intense. The lyrics have grown much darker, and a few of the songs were actually intended to be Samhain songs before being added here to flesh out the album. It’s light years ahead of Static Age in its furious howl. Give it a listen.”

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3. Famous Monsters (1999)

“The thing I love about the so-called “punk movement” is the eagerness to take sides and use one’s personal tastes as a pretense for arrogant superiority, and the Danzig vs. Graves debate is as extreme an example of this as I can think of. What both sides apparently fail to appreciate is that, practically speaking, possession is 9/10 of the law. When Glenn Danzig accepted money for the rights to the Misfits name, all argument over whether or not the new version was the “real Misfits” became moot. All that being said, this album is not for everybody, and I can’t fault anyone for not particularly liking it. For those who like their guitars a little crunchier, and their production a little more polished, there’s much to enjoy here – well-written melodies and the catchy, sing-along choruses that one would come to expect from these punk pioneers. The lyrics may not be as “dark” (and given the lyrical content of songs like Last Caress and Who Killed Marilyn, I’m okay with that), but if you go into this with an open mind, you just might find yourself enjoying this album.”

2. Walk Among Us (1982)

“Classic Punk from one of the originators. Fast paced, ugly music for ugly people. If you like fast guitars and catchy vocal hooks, you will be very pleased. No one fries your brain like the Misfits. Pure balls.”

1. Static Age (1996)

“In my opinion, there are only two Danzig-era Misfits albums worth owning: 1982’s ‘Walk Among Us’ and the long-delayed ‘Static Age’. Nothing else compares, really. The level of musicianship found on these records far outstrips the thrash-n-bash ‘Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood’ and the awful-sounding ‘Evilive’ albums. They both also serve as a better “best of” than ‘Collection’ and ‘Collection II’, which culled alternate takes and songs not actually recorded by the Misfits to fill their 40 tracks. The versions of the songs one these two albums are the best you’ll find, bar none. And, unless you’re a completist, with the exception of “American Nightmare,” ‘Static Age’ renders ‘Legacy of Brutality’ completely irrelevant.”