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The Crimson Idol [VINYL]
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By doing that I seem to have overlooked a real gem in Crimson Idol. Thoughtful, dynamic, well structured metal with a great story told out in a series of hard hitting metal and emotional ballads. The maturity in the song writing and performace is a joy to hear, and Lawless' voice, raw and heatfelt fits the bill perfectly. For me, Invisible Boy, The Idol, and The Great Misconception of Me, stand head and shoulders above what is a very strong collection of songs, that melded together make up a classic concept album.
There are comparisons, of course, with Tommy, and Quadrophenia, but that is not a critisim, Blackie Lawless is a massive Who fan, and he has taken the nucleous of how a concept album should fit together and then lay his heavy metal approach over the top...with devastating results.
This album joins my list of 'classics' - Dark Side, Quadrophenia, Hounds of Love, Sgt Peppers, Pet Sounds- it really is that good.
The album flows between acoustic Hard Rock to Power Heavy Metal as an emotional rollercoaster.
However The Crimson Idol is surprisinly good. Sure the concept is a bit unoriginal - un loved boy becomes rockstar, conquers the world, is adored by all, however his parents refuse to accept him so he kills himself - but the strength of this album lies in the fact that its simply filled with really great songs. For me there are no real standout tracks (maybe Murders in the new morgue), they are all excellent. I also have to make a special mention of the drumming which is extremely powerful and innovative throughout the entire album. Blackies vocals are also great on this, he's really putting his all into it (I think this was originally planned as solo album so that might explain why)
If you are new to WASP get this first then if you like it get The Headless Children, which despite its awful title, is a great sleaze metal album.
I'll just start by saying it was a nice surprise to find the record has a blood red finish, I just expected the usual black finish.
Now, the music. I've only recently started listening to Wasp. I started with the more well known first few records. All good, I enjoyed listening to them - but nothing groundbreaking. Then I heard about The Crimson Idol. Wasp grown up. More mature and more thought out.
I'm a big fan of concept albums. It makes listening a little more interesting than just a collection of songs. The Crimson Idol tells a great story with everybody listening being able to relate to at least some part of it.
From start to finish, this record is absolutely incredible. From a completely unbiased, new listener - it is outstanding. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys rock, hard rock, metal or heavy metal. The screaming guitar solos, the thundering drums and of course Blackie's voice, possibly at it's absolute peak.
The record takes you on a rollercoaster of the highest highs and the darkest lows and it's an absolute blast the whole way round.
Do yourself a favour and buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best album by W.A.S.P. and a wonderful release as a colour vinyl. Quickly delivered too!Published 9 months ago by Stoyan Tsonev
I've had this album over twenty years and it's still awesome . Their best album end of !!Published 11 months ago by Mr Christopher Morford
Great album brilliant sound still a great listen after all this timePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Anthony Dunsmore
When Blackie wrote this album, I don't think at the time he had any idea how many peoples lives he was impacting. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2014 by J.J.
What seperates WASP from many metal bands has always been Blackie Lawless's vocals. His powerful and unique voice, combined with his band's brand of heavy metal makes them a must... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Basil Koufos
This is an o.k.album, but if you want to hear how to do it properly, listen to Tommy or Quardrophenia by the Who.Published on 7 Nov. 2012 by R. Bos