|Review: W.A.S.P. - Babylon|
Label: Demolition Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (30 Votes)
This is W.A.S.P.'s fifteenth album and I can't believe that 25 years have passed since these guys delivered their self-titled album. As expected, this is a very different band with many drastic changes, and Babylon is proof of that. It has been a long while since Blackie Lawless sang about sex, drugs and rock and roll, but now a born again Christian, he focuses on that religion and most of the lyrics are a reflection of that. While this album has tons of Biblical references, musically there is nothing new to what he has delivered this decade, especially with Dominator.
And that is the most important thing when it comes to any band, I could not care less for their lyrics if they have the music to back it up. For the majority of the record, W.A.S.P. does not fail in that department, as there are some good songs with catchy choruses and solid musicianship. Babylon contains solid to great tracks that can be considered among the best that this band has made this decade like "Crazy", "Thunder Red" and "Babylon's Burning". However, this record has some filler like the required ballad "Godless Run" and the two unnecessary covers: while Deep Purple's "Burn" is good if not great, the cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" is as generic as a song can get.
The band members' performances are what you expect from an experienced veteran outfit. If you are a W.A.S.P. fan, this album has all the trademarks that you are looking for. The raspy and unique voice of Blackie Lawless, to the beautiful guitar leads of Doug Blair to the overall catchiness of the album; they all make a mark on the record. Although Babylon loses momentum towards the end, it is an album worthy of the W.A.S.P. name. There is nothing here that will surprise the longtime fan and for that I have to give a tremendous amount of credit to Blackie Lawless for staying true to his style.
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