W.A.S.P._(альбом)I was trying to think up of albums that I hadn’t reviewed yet that I absolutely loved and then it came to my attention that I had never covered W.A.S.P. before. W.A.S.P. at the time was a heavy metal band from Los Angeles that according to vocalist/bassist Blackie Lawless predated all the hair bands. The rest of the band who were known for their crazy visual show was well as their heavy sound were rounded out by Chris Holmes (Lead Guitar), Randy Piper (R. Guitar), and Tony Richards (Drums). Previously before the release of their 1984 self titled debut (which is the album we are covering), the band had released the single Animal (F**k Like A Beast) and after it made the filthy 15, it was deleted from the album before it was released. The album since it’s release was certified gold and it peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. It is one of the band’s quintessential records and one regarded by fans as one of the best besides the follow up The Last Command. It was also one of the two records that Blackie played bass guitar on before he switched to Rhythm Guitar for Inside The Electric Circus and all of the albums after that one. This was also the last album to feature all oft he members in the band on the album cover as the rest either feature artwork or just Blackie Lawless himself.

W.A.S.P._I_Wanna_Be_Somebody1. I Wanna Be Somebody– The quintessential song about wanting to rise up and make something of yourself. It’s the anthem for all metalheads who want to succeed in life. 5/5

2. L.O.V.E. Machine– I always loved how the song faded in with the rolling drum beat and it has a killer bass line that keeps the song moving. The song is about a man who is clearly a stud as he leaves a trail of women behind him that have felt the love machine. 5/5

3. The Flame– a very underrated hard charging rock song which is basically about male testosterone. 4.5/5

4. B.A.D.– A slower tempo track than previous songs about how women can really screw over guys. 4/5

5. School Daze– The song starts off with kids saying the pledge of allegiance before it rages into a pure metal classic that s super charged. I feel like this was the School’s Out for the 80’s generation. 5/5

WASP_lineup6. Hellion– a track whose music just matches the title so well as the tempo is once again slowered until the verse kicks off and Chris Holmes tendency of loving speed metal kicks in. 4/5

7. Sleeping (In the Fire)– This is a ballad like song from W.A.S.P. which is one of my favorite tracks on the record cause it showcases their abilities. It’s a track about sadism and masochism. A sex fantasy song from Blackie which he had a tendency to write about back then. 5/5

8. On Your Knees– a hellraiser about a girl who flaunts her sexuality in order to have a good time or at least that is what I got out of it. For example, “Dancing with danger right until dawn. The sin that you buy and you sell. Mom and daddy said “the life that you’ve led, You’ll party you’re way straight to hell”.” 5/5

9. Tormentor– The song starts off with chains rattling and it sounds like their being pulled. So you can imagine by the title what the track is about. 4/5

10. The Torture Never Stops– This is the last track on he record and one of my other favorites on the album which I think is about how life can get tough where it seems like there is no hope. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is my favorite W.A.S.P. record that the band ever recorded because it was so raw and in your face. It’s pure metal madness at it is finest. One thing I left out about their name is that it is one of the most debated topics because does it stand for We Are Sexual Perverts or White Anglo Saxon Protestant (I doubt it). Anyways I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.


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