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Illigitimate child of Alice,
This review is from: W.A.S.P. / The Last Command (Audio CD)
Just bought this double again on CD, and really enjoyed it. Its not Led Zepplin and was never supposed to be, its just loud, raw, riff-based metal. This was the time when Blackie Lawless sent Christmas cards to the tabloid post "sliding down the hill on rusty razor blades... to the air of Jingle Bells" and their stage show included four foot heads (of the band members) on blood covered spikes. In the absence of speed/death/black/thrash etc. in the main stream, WASP was as nasty as it got - bless our innocense.
As for the music its still fun, Blind in Texas, I wanna be somebody etc. are stomping good anthems, and if you listen close enough you can still hear the crowds roaring the chorus back at the band. While tracks like "widow maker" show Lawless to be more than just a good showman and self publicist.
Having these two albums together is good as it shows the band at its best. To be honest WASPs later albums were a very mixed affair (including the latest release), and with Lawless getting into ecology and the environment lyrically it never had the same punch. The loss of guitarist Randy Piper to LA Guns also lost WASP alot of their bite you can hear on these two exhibits.
Definitely not for the intellectuals, but nevertheless some of the best 80's heavy metal