On Earth As It Is In Hell Vol.1 Addendum


On Earth As It Is In Hell Vol.1 Earth A.D.


Addendum


On Earth As It Is In Hell is an ongoing mission.
Here we will post new findings as we uncover new information.

Due to printing limitations, we were not able to include everything we wanted in the book, such as Jeff's introduction below.



Omitted Introduction

By Jeff Simms

Released in December 1983, roughly six weeks after the band’s final live performance, Earth A.D. (and the Die Die My Darling ep that followed in May of ’84) represented the last gasp of new material from the Misfits.

If you’re gonna go out, you might as well go out with a bang.

I first heard Earth A.D. when one of my teenage punk buddies picked up a used ghoul hair error pressing (unbeknownst to us as anything remotely special) in a record shop around 1988 or ‘89. The songs were a dramatic departure from Walk Among Us, the only Misfits record we were familiar with at the time. Hyper-fast and devoid of the catchy, 1950s-ish choruses of WAU, Earth A.D. felt lawless and dark. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics were savage descriptions of an explosive, alternate world — one I’d certainly never been to — and they read like the opening chapter of a book he would continue writing a year later when Initium was released.

Although in many ways it’s an entirely different animal than Agnostic Front’s Victim in Pain, or some of the other seminal releases in American hardcore, I think Earth A.D. could easily be ranked as one of the best records of the first generation of U.S. hardcore. In fact, from Walk Among Us to A.D. and then Initium, you could argue that Glenn Danzig singlehandedly set the standard in three different sub-genres of punk within about a two-year period.

If there’s one thing Danzig teaches us, it’s that nothing is certain in this world. Indeed, from a collector’s standpoint, Earth A.D. is both a dream and a nightmare. The first pressings, spread over a vivid gradient of colors, are holy grails for collectors but — here comes the nightmare — virtually every pressing since has differed in one way or another. This book, however, is all about the love of the music and the fun of collecting — whether you own one copy of the record or have two dozen but still need more. Fredrik and Michael have done the collectors’ community an incredible service by putting this book together, and there’s a lot more to come. For now, please dig in, get ready to check your matrixes and compare shades of purple, and enjoy.



Errors

Page 13.

Here, we printed the incorrect image on the left. The jacket on the left below is from either the first or second pressing and exclusively appeared with 130 gram black, green or yellow (to brown) vinyl. Note that the greens are chartreuse, not pear.

Pear Green Jackets

The corrected image is shown below:





Addendum Discography

Here is an update to page 17.

Since printing the book, we discovered a German Earth A.D. not previously listed in our discography. We believe this to be the second press. We put a yellow border around it so you can find it and compare with the pressings listed in the book. Notable differences include the Osterstr. 34 address to distinguish it from the first pressing, and dull gray (not silver) text to distinguish it from the "second" pressing. Further, unlike the red bricks in the "second pressing" jacket, the bricks on this version are green. Could it be part of the first press, but with an updated jacket when Aggressive Rockproduktionen moved to their new address? Or is this a possible second press?

Earth A.D./Wolfsblood
1st
1983-10-15
Aggressive Rockproduktionen | AG 0024
Black

ST AG 0024-A
ST AG 0024-B
Black labels | Theaterstr. 4-5 address on reverse

Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Aggressive Rockproduktionen | AG 0024
Black

ST AG 0024-A
ST AG 0024-B
Glossy jacket | Green to blue bricks on back | Grey text on labels | Osterstr. 34 address on reverse

Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Aggressive Rockproduktionen | AG 0024
Black

ST AG 0024-A
ST AG 0024-B
Smooth jacket | Red bricks on back | Silver text over black labels | Osterstr. 34 address on reverse


Here is an update to pages 23-24.

With the exception of the S9 copies, we were unable to collect photos of S10-S13 (S13 may not exist) copies. As we get photos of these records, we will update this section below.

Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Plan 9 | PL9-02
Black | minutely transparent

MASTERDISK PL-902-A EDP S10
MASTERDISK PL-902-B EDP
Slight ghoul hair error
Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Plan 9 | PL9-02
Black | minutely transparent

MASTERDISK PL-902-A EDP S10
MASTERDISK PL-902-B EDP S12
This copy wasn't listed in Vol.1 as we didn't know it existed. There are likely other stamper combinations of S-pressed that we are unaware of. Unlike the crossed out S10 replaced with S9 copies, these S10 copies have very murky label quality. Note how the purples in the jackets vary greatly across the S-presses. Issued in a plastic inner sleeve.
Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Plan 9 | PL9-02
Black | minutely transparent

MASTERDISK PL-902-A EDP S11
MASTERDISK PL-902-B EDP
Ghoul hair error
Earth A.D./Wolfsblood


Plan 9 | PL9-02
Black | minutely transparent

MASTERDISK PL-902-A EDP S15
MASTERDISK PL-902-B EDP S13
S-Press with S15/S13 matrix


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