New Music Review: W.A.S.P. “Golgotha”

REVIEW – Nine brand new songs make up the eagerly awaited 15th studio album from W.A.S.P., entitled “Golgotha”, released on the Napalm record label on October 2, 2015. This album ends the eight year drought for Blackie Lawless and the boys in W.A.S.P., shoulder surgery, 30th Anniversary tours, and a broken leg not withstanding. The title track refers to the Biblical city just outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified. That topic also sets the tone for the remainder of the album, and follows right along with Blackie’s fairly recent born-again status.

There’s no mistaking that this is most definitely a W.A.S.P. album.  Lawless’ very unique vocal styles are ever-present, regardless of aging.  His voice is a true testament to the W.A.S.P. sound and has been for over 30 years. There are some signs of age that come through in some songs, but overall, the organic instrument sounds just as good and viable as it did all those years ago.

“Scream My Name” starts off the album, and is a complete throwback to the late ‘80s/early ‘90s version of W.A.S.P., as in, it could have fit very well onto “The Crimson Idol” from 1992.  In fact, the album’s slow number, “Miss You”, was originally one of the many songs written for “Idol” in an abundantly prolific era, but required an omission from the final release for time constraints. I’ve always thought that just because a song was cut from the final release, doesn’t mean that it’s a bad song; It’s quite the opposite at times. In retrospect, a double-album version of “The Crimson Idol” would have been quite epic and might have been remembered a little more fondly than it is today. Showing that Lawless hasn’t lost his songwriting touch, the monumental title track completes the album with a lengthy running time of almost an hour.

If you go to a W.A.S.P. concert these days, don’t expect the blood and raw meat while Blackie screams out “I Fuck Like A Beast!!”. Strange as it may seem, W.A.S.P. have matured, and like most old school metal bands that are still kicking ass, they’ve found a way to continue gracefully and still keep the integrity of their sound intact. The ever-changing lineup will once again make a change in 2016, when drummer, Mike Dupke, left the band toward the end of “The Bloody Road to Golgotha 2015” tour, and Randy Black stepped in to finish the tour.  It’s unclear at this point whether or not Black will be W.A.S.P.’s new drummer. Regardless, this has not, and will not be an obstacle for the band.  I’m sure we haven’t see the last of W.A.S.P. quite yet.

W.A.S.P. "Golgotha"W.A.S.P. “Golgotha”

Track Listing:
1. Scream 5:06
2. Last Runaway 5:31
3. Shotgun 6:20
4. Miss You 7:57
5. Fallen Under 5:07
6. Slaves Of The New World Order 8:01
7. Eyes Of My Maker 5:11
8. Hero Of The World 5:02
9. Golgotha 7:52

Total Time: 56:07

W.A.S.P. are:
Blackie Lawless- Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Doug Blair- Lead Guitar
Mike Duda- Bass Guitar