W.A.S.P. – Dying For The World

W.A.S.P. - Dying For The World


Release date: June 11, 2002

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You may call this Blackie’s best effort since The Crimson Idol, at least I will do so. Still, I won’t go higher than seven points, which is what I also gave the last record, Unholy Terror. So that tells you what the man has been up to the last ten years, some has been too modern (K.F.D.), some has been too sleezy (Helldorado), and at times I think Blackie’s singing was very annoying. Now, the 6 ft 5 or so is on to something. Dying For The World is more W.A.S.P. than before, Blackie has made an album without any compromises. There’s a sort of ballad here that can match songs on The Crimson Idol, called “Hallowed Ground” – inspired by Blackie’s impressions and reflections when visiting ground zero. “Trail Of tears” is a song that only Blackie could have penned and made into what it is; a weird but fascinating number that has influences from native American history.

Lawless’ small problem is his way of repeating himself. The opener, “Shadow Man”, is not only repeating himself, but reminds too much of “God Of Thunder” by Kiss, just a little faster. If the song was written by a certain Simmons, the whole thing could might as well ended up in court. So be glad “God Of Thunder” was a Stanley composition… Also, the W.A.S.P. records have a unique sound, a sound you just have to be familiar with I think. For me it works, as I know what to expect, but it sure is annoying at times when the high-hat is louder that the rhythm guitars. Speaking of guitars, newcomer Darrel Roberts does a few great solos on this disc, especially in “Hallowed Ground”. Frankie Banali is again back on the drum stool, if he could only stay this time… Like I said, Blackie is onto something again. Give this record a few chances, that’s all I am asking for. A strong record from a musical genius who can do even better…


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