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WASP-Golgotha-review

W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA -ALBUM REVIEW

NAPALM RECORDS | Release Date: October 2 2015

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Back in the day W.A.S.P. took what Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Kiss and a host of others had done, added bigger spikier Metal parts to the costumes, invested in exploding cod-pieces and then turned it up to eleven. 


Anyone these days with an interest in that ‘self-serving, self-obsessed infection’ known as political correctness would have probably exploded at the time, which just goes to show how seriously we take being offended these days. Personally I’d love to see more people offended on a daily basis but these days W.A.S.P. is a different beast, gone is most of the make-up, the chained up naked women, the raw meat, buckets of blood; gone even the song that started it all ‘Animal (F**k like a Beast)’.


Well Blackie may be a reformed character but thankfully the music is still as good; and dare we say it that ‘Golgotha’ might just be Lawless’ best work since the mid-nineties.


Golgotha’ is of course the follow up to 2009’s ‘Babylon’ and a second religiously themed album; and sonically it’s an interesting mix of 70’s and 80’s influences and even has one song the slightly plodding ballad ‘Miss You’ originally written for the 1992 epic ‘The Crimson Idol’.


If you love your W.A.S.P. then it’s hard to see you being disappointed with this one as it has all the hallmarks of what made them so endearing back in the day musically – ‘Scream’ is the stadium rocker that kicks it off and it’s pretty damned consistent from there.


If we had to choose our favourite sons then it’s that opener; the more open 70’s sounding ‘Last Runaway’ which is a real traditional rocker with an almost Springsteen-like taste ; then there’s the epic ballad ‘Miss You’ which  we had to listen through a few times as it’s a slow starter.  Add to that the thunder of ‘Hero of the World’ and the title track and you have a damned fine album.  


On the latest European tour, taking place right now, only two songs* make it to the set list from ’Golgotha’ - the title track and that already 20+ year old song ‘Miss You’. It’s such a shame as this album has so much more to offer.

 

You can pre-order here:

www.nervegas.com.au/w.a.s.p.-golgotha-limited-digipak-edition-cd
www.nervegas.com.au/w.a.s.p.-wasp-golgotha-vinyl-2lp

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

* No songs from the album made the Festival sets

 


 

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