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ENOUGH POWER TO FRY YOUR SPEAKERS!,
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This review is from: Dying For The World (Audio CD)
I have every W.A.S.P. album and when a band has been going for as long as they have you will inevitably have your faves amongst their body of work. Often bands struggle trying to keep their sound fresh and test out things that don't quite work, this is true of every long running band and can be the death of a band if they don't inspire confidence in their fan base from the get go with solid releases. So it is a testament to W.A.S.P. and Blackie that they're still tearing it up to this very day, be it through sound systems and MP3 players or through blistering live performances. Below I have listed the pros and cons of their 2002 album `Dying For The World' to help you better decide if it'll be an album you'll have on repeat and cherish for years to come, or if it's a couple of good tracks then back on the shelf gathering dust...
THE HIGH NOTES:
- The moment you bang this bad boy on it exudes power and hard rock riffage that'll clean your lug holes right out.
- Blackie's vocals are as good as ever and some of the high notes and screams will raise goosebumps on your pink bits. Heartfelt and satisfyingly heavy.
- The production is great (as Heldorado showed us it W.A.S.P. releases can sometimes be a mixed bag in this department) - sorry but I have to disagree with one guy on hear who says Blackie's vocals are drowned out, as mentioned above they are blistering and gravelly as ever.
- Darrell Roberts fretwork is fantastic and he is more than a match for Chris Holmes (That may not be the most popular view ever but in my humble opinion it's true) and adds a fresh twist on the W.A.S.P. sound.
- My Wicked Heart, Hallowed Ground and Hell For Eternity are scorching tracks, some of the best tunes these boys have ever sent hurtling at us. Pure hard rock heaven.
- The short production span on this one is unusual but I also feel it helps it sound a little different and doesn't suffer for it at all.
THE SNAPPED STRINGS
- There are the odd typical sounding W.A.S.P. Symphonies on here that could sit on any other album and do little to shock or surprise. None are really bad at all but Trail of Tears is one such so-so `heard it all before' ballady types with a similar vocal progression to many past efforts.
ROCK OR NOT?
This is a gem in the mighty saga of Blackie Lawless and the ever shifting line up that he calls W.A.S.P. It's a real stunner with some refreshingly different (but not completely departed) stuff that'll blow you away. A great one for every fan and a good starting point for new comers to the hive! Buy it now and teach your eardrums a lesson!