So the Blackie Lawless-bandwagon rumbles on and thankfully to these ears shows no signs of slowing down. So is the W.A.S.P. of 2002 any different a proposition than previous incarnations of the band? Well in a word no. Blackie is still there and as he is the heart, the soul and ultimate driving machine behind this Metal-legend then we the fans don't need much more.
His vitriolic deluge is as strong, committed and passionate as always plus the habit of writing catchy riffs and powerful choruses has never left him.
Blackie is W.A.S.P. and W.A.S.P. is Blackie. Get the picture?
This latest album featuring a slightly altered line up to last year's underrated "Unholy Terror" sees the departure of Mean Man Chris Holmes replaced by Darrell Roberts. And he fits in rather nicely. The guitar interplay although nothing scintillating is still 100% W.A.S.P. and instantly recognisable.
Hey, Blackie can still write a riff or two and his lyrics dwelling mostly on the horrific events of September 11 and the American way of life are forthright and extremely personal. What you don't get is Blackie veering off the Metal path too much. "My Wicked Heart" could easily be lifted from "The Headless Children" whereas "Black Bone Torso" has that "Kill Fuck Die" ring to it. "Hell For Eternity" could sit on any W.A.S.P. album. "Revengeance" was clearly written for the "Crimson Idol"-album as was the acoustic version of "Hallowed Ground". It's plain and simple but infectious. Blackie does it for the fans knowing full well that he is in for a rough time with the music press and it's quite obvious he doesn't give a flying fuck.
If you are a W.A.S.P. fan then this is essential and if you are yet to be seduced by Blackie then where you been all these years? But seriously W.A.S.P. and most importantly Blackie are as an important piece of the Heavy Metal jigsaw puzzle as MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS and TWISTED SISTER etc only they do it a whole load better. (Online July 22, 2002)