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W.A.S.P. - Golgotha
W.A.S.P. stormed onto the Los Angeles metal scene in 1982 with
exploding cod pieces, drinking blood and attacking their audiences
with raw meat. The release of their self-titled debut in 1984 and
second album, The Last Command, a year later cemented W.A.S.P.'s
over the top reputation and their place in L.A. legends and lore with
savage stage shows and hit songs 'I Wanna Be Somebody', 'L.O.V.E.
Machine', 'Blind In Texas', and of course the controversial track
'Animal'. Some 30+ years later, W.A.S.P. is still recording, still
touring, and still dangerous.
Vocalist/guitarist Blackie Lawless, the sole remaining member of
the original W.A.S.P. line-up, has returned with the band's 15th
official studio album, Golgotha. It marks the end of their longest
break between records, and is a potent follow-up to Babylon from
2009. Circumstances such as requiring reconstructive surgery on
Lawless' right shoulder, a 30th Anniversary tour, and Lawless
suffering a broken leg in 2013 held up the writing and recording for
Golgotha, but looking back he considers the delay a blessing in
"It gave us the time to reflect on the music in a way we never really
had before," says Lawless. "Previously, I had taken two years to
make a record, but never that amount of time to sit and craft and
decide what I liked and what I didn't. You hear every band say the
same thing: 'It's the best thing we've ever done...' but the truth is
they don't know because they're too close to it. You need time to get
away from it to really reflect so you can tell if it's any good or not.
That was one of the big benefits of spreading this out over a four
year period is I was able to be honest with myself."
Golgotha, the site where Christ was crucified outside Jerusalem's
walls, was the inspiration for the title track. The title along with the
biblically themed album artwork set an ominous tone for the entire
Lawless says, sonically, I think Golgotha pays tribute to the '70s. A
lot of the time you really don't see it until the end because you work
on each track individually. There are definitely '80s and '90s
influences here, but this is more of a '70s record than anything.
Nine songs clocking in at almost an hour in total make for an epic
W.A.S.P. outing, particularly for diehard fans that remember when
the band went from being rabid party animals on their first three
albums to frighteningly artistic and intelligent on The Headless
Children and its follow-up, The Crimson Idol. Lawless and Co. do
indeed reference those records on Golgotha; in fact, "Miss You" was
the first song originally written for The Crimson Idol, finally brought
to life here. It isn't a rehash of old glories, however, but rather a
collection of challenges brought to successful conclusion.
"The biggest challenge is subject matter because every time you
make an album you have to ask yourself 'Who am I right now?'",
says Lawless. "It doesn't do you any good to try and write from the
perspective of five or 10 years ago, or what you think is happening
on the charts. When I started I didn't have any idea where I was
going. Over the years I've learned - and this is not easily done - you
have to trust yourself with who you are at the moment.You have to
trust that if you're writing with conviction the song is going to
somehow take shape. The Golgotha record ended up taking shape to
a point that it took on a life of its own."
"Slaves Of The New World Order"
"Eyes Of My Maker"
"Hero Of The World"