Review – W.A.S.P. Golgotha

WASP Golgotha W.A.S.P. – Golgotha
Napalm Records
Release Date Oct 2nd

Reviewed By Paul Nicholls

Is it really back in 1982 when the monster that is W.A.S.P. was launched by Blackie Lawless? Now the sole remaining original member of the band ( oh how we mourn the loss to the band of Chris Holmes – resident madman) , Blackie has put together a really good album which manages to steer away from being a parody of the history of the band .
Sounding fresh and unmistakably W.A.S.P. with Blackie on fine vocal form , the album does contain as much religious imagery , actually MORE than a Stryper album ( how’s that for a turn around??) but more importantly musically it harks back to those fine Electric Circus / Headless Children days . Very well produced and sounding like a million bucks it’s the band sounding revitalised .
Lasting over an hour with 9 tracks there is certainly your money’s worth represented here , for me , I would have listened to the whole thing just for the track “Miss You” , Blackie singing a ballad as only he can .. like a chained wolf . Religion seems to have taken nothing from his talent at stringing together a great collection of songs .
The Last Runaway has the classic “Full Charge” feel of W.A.S.P. back in the day , but let’s not fool anyone , the blood , raw meat days of the band are long gone . Difficult then to maintain direction for a band that walks away from much of its heritage , yet this is what seems to have occurred here , very perturbing … I shall have to rethink my thoughts on the value of a post “Born Again” Blackie…
Dammit , I hate having to eat my words …… well done Blackie.

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