In 1987, a few years after the Misfits broke up and lead singer Glenn Danzig joined the band Samhain, remaining Misfits members Jerry Only - then known as Mo the Great - and his brother, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, began writing their own music. Danzig was the Misfits' leading talent for a significant period, acting as frontman and songwriter while Only and Doyle riffed off his ideations. Of course, the Misfits and their unique brand of horror punk could not have risen to fame in the late '70s without Doyle and Only; however, when the band broke up on October 29, 1983, the brothers took a hard turn away from Danzig’s gothic musical leanings. They formed Kryst the Conqueror - a thrash metal band with a Viking aesthetic and lyrics that were inspired by both Christianity and comic books. The band convinced rock singer Jeff Scott Soto to record vocals for their debut album, Deliver Us From Evil.
Kryst the Conqueror was a commercial failure, but not because Deliver Us From Evil was poorly composed - rather, the band's music was intricate and innovative within the thrash metal genre. Their failure was instead tied to their image; the Viking aesthetic combined with heavily religious lyrics alienated big-name record labels. According to Misfits biographer James Greene Jr., Only was "adamant that his new band would never succumb to the perils of being an opening act." Kryst the Conqueror allegedly secured an offer from Atlantic Records, which fell through when the label discovered Only and Doyle did not own the rights to the Misfits' back catalog.
Adding to the band's troubles, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto backed out, claiming he "wasn't ready to put on an armored suit and a codpiece as the future of [his] front man career." In 1990, with no financial backing, no vocalist, and with the rise of grunge on the horizon, Only issued a statement to members of the Doyle Fan Club: "This project has lost [a lot] of money, but that does not mean it is a failure... I thought it was my obligation to slay the evil caused after we left the [Misfits], but after thinking about it I realize that the worth of an individual is in the choice he or she makes - good or evil. My obligation is to give you a choice."
He renamed the club "KRYST THE CONQUEROR FAN CLUB" and promised that the band would release a full album in 1991 to follow 1990's Deliver Us From Evil EP - the album was not printed until 2017, however.
While Kryst the Conqueror was struggling to connect with audiences, Danzig’s much darker project, Samhaim, enjoyed success. Tensions were high between the brothers and their old ringleader, leading to several court battles over Misfits royalties.
In 2010, Only reiterated this point in an interview with Eric Blair. After taking control of the Misfits name, Only said he refused to promote material he believed could hurt his fanbase, using Danzig’s "satanic outlook" as an example of something he "wouldn’t throw on [his] kids." He further explained, "If [Danzing] wants to go to church and repent... I guess we’re good to go." He said he didn't think Danzig was the Devil - he only disapproved of Danzig’s self-promotion as the Devil.
Danzig and his former bandmates lived in contention for years after the Misfits' break-up, and the singer told Revolver in 2018 that Kryst the Conqueror was an "abomination."
In contrast with Only, Doyle is decidedly not Christian. He told Communities Digital News, "[Only] wrote all the words. We learned how to write some songs, kind of, a little bit." When asked if he was personally religious, he answered in the negative.
Although Kryst the Conqueror was short-lived, the band became an obscure legend in the metal community. In the song "In God We Trust," which appears on their only official EP, Soto sings lyrics that reflect Only and Doyle's transition from Misfits to Conquerors:
We raise up our swords, speak the word
For we have seen the face of hell and still believe
That the sword to kill the beast, He's given me