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W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children (10/10) - USA - 1989

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Metal Is Records
Playing time: 48:38
Band homepage: W.A.S.P.

Tracklist:

  1. The Heretic (The Lost Child)
  2. The Real Me
  3. The Headless Children
  4. Thunderhead
  5. Mean Man
  6. The Neutron Bomber
  7. Mephisto Waltz
  8. Forever Free
  9. Maneater
  10. Rebel In The FDG
W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children

You either like W.A.S.P. or you don't. I absolutely love them! Blackie Lawless is an exceptionally talented man and has penned some of Metal's best Cock Rock-anthems. Who could forget "Blind In Texas", "Animal", "I Wanna Be Somebody", "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "Wild Child", the list goes on and on. However his band of reprobates had never been taken that seriously until the release of the mammoth "Headless Children" in 1989 which breathed new life into a dying animal and proved to the Metal-world that W.A.S.P. weren't just another American Hard Rock-band who had a better stage show than songs.

I have no idea why the band took such a massive directional change, but here we have a band previously not known for their song writing skills giving 100% on each track. The album opener "The Heretic (The Lost Child)" weighs in at a hefty 7mins 23 and you just don't really believe that it is Lawless and Co. This song is a monster from start to finish. Finally a W.A.S.P.-song that is structured and isn't dealing with Blackie's lurid sex life! Wonderful stuff. BL is never gonna win best vocalist, but his gravely sneer is unique and shines throughout the record. "The Real Me", a cover of THE WHO-classic, doesn't seem out of place, but falls a bit short compared to the album's title track and the glorious "Thunderhead". Really W.A.S.P. has never written two better songs.

Do I need to go on? "Mean Man", the BL-penned tribute to guitarist Chris Holmes - quite possibly the maddest and baddest man on the planet - is just classic W.A.S.P., then up pops "The Neutron Bomber" that just levels the playing field.

Go back to this album if you haven't played it in a while and engross yourself in it. Not many bands and in particular Metal bands are given a second chance, but W.A.S.P. got it and their place in the truly great Metal records-hall of fame is firmly established.

Chris Doran



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