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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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“The Sting (Live At The Key Club)” by W.A.S.P.

Artist: W.A.S.P.
Title: “The Sting”
Label: EMI Music
Release Date: ?/2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

I love W.A.S.P. . It’s that simply written in my book. When it came down to explosive showmanship and steady delivery of heavy music or catchy tunes my Friends and I could always count on Blackie Lawless & Company.

This DVD was filmed at the Key Club in Los Angeles, California. Joining Blackie onstage is Chris Holmes on guitar, Mike Duda on bass & Stet Howland on drums. Chris is a mainstay from the first album. Mike and Stet from around “K.F.D.” (though Stet had also done some drumming s since parts of “Kill, Fuck, Die”, and tracks on “The Crimson Idol”. I like his style a lot, solid and heavy with great double kick drums when necessary. I prefer him to Steve Reilly (who I still thought did a fine job under the material W.A.S.P. did at the time).
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