Misfits Get Hideous New Singer

The Misfits' Michale Graves has left the DIY punk band as the group was preparing a tour of South America and Europe designed to support the release of last year's "American Psycho."

Graves' replacement for the tour is Myke Hideous, formerly of the equally grim rock group, Empire Hideous, and a long-time friend of Misfits bassist Jerry Only.

The band, which formed in the late '70s as part of New York's underground hardcore scene, originally featured ghoulish vocalist Glenn Danzig, but disbanded when Danzig left the group in 1983 to form Samhain.

The Misfits founding line-up reunited in 1997 with Graves serving as Danzig's replacement, and upon Graves' departure, Danzig was asked if he wanted to re-join the band, but declined.

The Misfits plan to use the dates abroad as an opportunity to abroad to audition Hideous for the full-time gig, and, according to one fan site, Hideous performed his first show with the band earlier this week in Glasgow, Scotland.

In light of the recent lead singer switch, the group has delayed plans to release a new studio album until a permanent vocalist has been announced. The Misfits still plan to release a live record, "Evil Live II," later in the year.