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.