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W.A.S.P.’s Debut “W.A.S.P.”: “Still Stinging Strong @ 30 Years”

One of the things that I love doing with these Music Milestones is to not only celebrate the longevity of these albums but also get to showcase the ones that were so instrumental in my own Metal upbringing. Such is the case found in the realization that W.A.S.P.’s self-titled debut album had reached its thirtieth anniversary today.

My own personal music journey into what W.A.S.P. was all about was based upon first reading about them in one of the popular music publications of the time. I think it might have actually been Hit Parader based on their having an up and coming sort of column but my memory is slightly faded on whether it was this or Circus. At the time I rarely read anything other than those two magazines. Anyway, they were described as being even wilder than Motley Crue who I was really enjoying and to outdo them seemed to be something that I needed to indulge in. During my lunch breaks I used to walk up to Park Row in Manhattan to hit both J&R Music World and a smaller place called Bondy’s. It was in Bondy’s that I first caught site of the bands EP “Animal, F**k Like A Beast” and I grabbed it. Once home and blasting it to my parent’s dismay, I could not wait for more from this really aggressive and over the top obnoxious Metal band. My fellow fans and I would get the chance when this album was released and while I don’t recall purchasing this on the actual day, it was not long afterward that I would own it and blast it at high volumes. For those new to the program, W.A.S.P. was founded and fronted by their at the time bassist Blackie Lawless who also did all the lead vocals. On guitars we had both Randy Piper and Chris Holmes while Tony Richards pounded the drums. Lawless was the writer on a majority of the tunes on the debut with the exception of “The Flame” and “The Torture Never Stops” that found Holmes being a major contributor.
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“Babylon” by W.A.S.P.

Artist: W.A.S.P.
Title: “Babylon”
Label: Demolition Records
Release Date: 10/27/2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

I’ve read a number of reviews where fans are faulting Blackie Lawless and company for revisiting a few musical themes on their latest release “Babylon” and when one considers how many artists did a “return to form” release back in 2007-2008 I can hardly see why this is an issue when W.A.S.P. chooses to do the same. That being said, I found the material on “Babylon” to be rather enjoyable as a series of new tunes for the W.A.S.P. library and while there is a lot of groove and vibe that calls to mind “The Last Command” and even their self-titled “W.A.S.P.” in some respects, there is nothing akin to “Inside The Electric Circus” (thank the dark gods for that). Sadly I could not compare it to the bands previous effort “Dominator” as I never even saw it on the shelves in any of the retailers of my region and with the price of import CD’s still being rather high, this economy meant we would just bypass it. Back to “Babylon”, the album follows a theme and that is around the biblical four horsemen and even though this is the case I was able to enjoy the songs as stand alone numbers. It starts off strong with an extended intro on “Crazy” but I preferred the third track “Babylon’s Burning” a little more and yes I know this sounds just a wee bit like “Restless Gypsy” with some of the chords but it’s really not all that similar across the whole tune. The first of two covers came up next with Deep Purple’s “Burn” and I guess this number fit in the framework of the apocalypse when it was all said and done. I’ve always liked the way W.A.S.P. put their mark on another artists track and thing the past releases have given us some strong offerings.
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W.A.S.P. @ Starland Ballroom (7/15/2005)

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Artist: W.A.S.P.
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: L.A. Guns, Stephen Pearcy, Metal Church
Label: Sanctuary Records
Date: 7/15/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal

The event was called “The American Metal Blast” tour and this pretty much on target for it was that and so much more. I was fortunate to be able to review this show not only as a Metal Journalist but also as a fan of all of these bands. W.A.S.P. in particular has held a high ranking in my list of favorite bands to see live and when you add three other quality groups to the bill – you know the show was going to be great all around. The setting would be The Starland Ballroom, where most recently I attended the Sounds Of The Underground show and the Anthrax reunion. While I am already a fan of this place I have to say that this is a great venue to see a group like W.A.S.P. It is roomy enough to cater to their visual nature and you are able to follow the action from any vantage point in the club. For me that is an incredible plus.
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W.A.S.P.: Live Photos @ Starland Ballroom (7/31/2004)

W.A.S.P. had headlined the Starland Ballroom back in 2004 and we were in attendance. The show was discussed in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the photographs that were captured during the allowed time.

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W.A.S.P. by Ken Pierce (2004)

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W.A.S.P. by Ken Pierce (2004)

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W.A.S.P. @ Starland Ballroom (7/31/2004)

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Artist: W.A.S.P.
Venue: Starland Ballroom NJ
Date: 7/31/04
Opener: Joey Belladonna

W.A.S.P.!!!! Quite possibly one of the greatest of the L.A. Bands of the Eighties has returned to support their newest album “The Neon God Pt.1 – The Rise”. Yes, Blackie Lawless and his team of maniacs were finally playing after almost a 3 and a half year absence from the touring circuit. It would be an evening to remember I was certain. Blackie always had been one of the premiere frontmen and his song-writing skills and musical delivery of them had seldom changed over the years.
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