I am just wondering in what tuning the Misfits are playing. Especially on the famous monsters album which was more heavy than the others. I heard something along the lines of D tuning.
open tunings are mainly used for slide guitar playing.
Try drop D for instance (just tune down your low E to a D)
It is possible, TS, that they just used better distortion that album. Cuz if I remember right, the Misfits usually played in E standard.