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Review: W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 55:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 4, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (16 Votes)

W.A.S.P. has been a band of multiple identities throughout a 30+ year career. The Shock Rock of the "Animal (I Fuck Like a Beast)" single and the L.A. glam of Inside the Electric Circus gave way to dark topics and less of a costumed image on albums that followed and now, as many of you know, founder Blackie Lawless has re-found Christianity. What does this mean for the band's 15th album Golgotha? Well, Lawless has always been a good songwriter with an ear for catchy melodies that make the most of his gravelly voice. Golgotha features tracks that will take you back to the 80s and radio-friendly songs like "The Flame" from the first album ("Last Runaway" and "Shotgun") while others are more in the mold of songs from The Headless Children and later albums ("Slaves of the New World Order" and "Hero of the World"). The lyrics are not what I'd call "preachy" but the Christian overtones are hard to miss. Other than that, Golgotha is what you'd expect from this veteran band; nine solidly crafted, slick and melodic songs that are foot-tappingly good. There's not a lot of unnecessary studio bullshit cluttering up the production either. The sound is smooth yet simple. Personally, I don't care what Lawless chooses to sing about any more than I care if someone wants to sing about Satan. If you feel that way, too, Golgotha is definitely worth checking out as W.A.S.P. has their formula down pat.

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