W.A.S.P. Babylon Review
Mr. Lawless once had a fantastic shot at stardom with W.A.S.P. They released a stream of albums that fed of the success of bands like KISS and Twisted Sister. W.A.S.P. had an air around them that they were the craziest band on the block. It was rumored that they threw raw meat on the audience and carried out all sorts of blasphemous shit on stage. And this impress two kinds of people; rabid mothers trying to protect their children and curious teenagers just loving anything prohibited by their parents.Â
But somewhere along the road they just couldn't keep the shit up and Blackie started to write songs about political issues rather than the stuff kids want to hear about. They longed for "Fistful of Diamonds", "Widowmaker", "Blind In Texas" and "Animal I F**k Like a Beast". Instead they got "The Headless Children" and it was the beginning of the end for a great band.
Blackie Lawless has constantly been running WASP while the members have shifted through the years. He has written many good songs through the years and the last album was OK.
And now, Babylon, an album with a theme circling around the apocalypse of mankind. Well, that should be a suitable theme for a band that that was born out of Gore.
It sure is! This album really could have been presented as the songs left from The Last Command sessions. The old sound is here, the straight forward songs. And Blackie Lawless has one hell of a good voice.
Sad that it is too little, twenty years too late....