MICHALE GRAVES: Illusions Live/Viretta Park: CD

If Danzig is Evil Elvis, then Michale Graves is… Evil Neil Diamond? This is an acoustic album featuring a live set and a brief studio session. The music is solemn, dark, and a little self-serious. I could see a metal dude playing this on his headphones while passing a wintry graveyard that he once walked through with an ex. A few of the tracks are acoustic adaptations of songs that Graves sang with the reformed Misfits in the second half of the ‘90s. His involvement with the Newfits and the Conservative Punk movement will be deal breakers for some, but this album ain’t that bad, and you ghouls out there might want a copy, for those introspective, autumnal times.

 –CT Terry (Screaming Crow)