Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, September 21, 2015

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

I was kind of dreading reviewing this record because W.A.S.P. were so important to me growing up. Not only did they write killer tunes but they also pissed off my mom - what more could a teenage boy want? That being said - even with the heavy handed pro-Jesus anthem Golgotha closing out the record I find myself kind of digging what W.A.S.P. have done on Golgotha it shows a bold future for a band that many thought were too old to do anything good. The fact of the matter is these dudes have put out a top notch rock record any way you cut it.

Sure - Blackie Lawless's voice ain't what it once was - nevertheless, he channels his present-day vocal capabilities to craft some truly powerful songs. As over the top as this record can get, it's hard to deny the perpetual strength of the songwriting. Yeah, there is some filler here and there, but overall I'm pretty darn enamored with what W.A.S.P. have done here. Some of the best tracks, Last Runaway in particular wouldn't have seemed out of place in the bands heyday and help to prove to me that there are at least a few more good songs to come in the W.A.S.P. catalogue, some legends can never be fully quenched.

To just take a moment on the elephant in the room - the title track does indeed feature the line "Jesus I need you now/free me I'm lost somehow". But hey man - let Blackie do his thing - he was the most evil man in America for years - he's got to rebalance all that with the man upstairs. And you gotta give it to him - dudes like Ace Frehley might talk about their religion in interviews but those guys don't have the balls to do a seven minute epic about it. The point being - W.A.S.P. still get the power of rock and roll and despite personal turmoil we get the sense that with bands like these guys still around then the power of rock and roll will never die.

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