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W.A.S.P. - "W.A.S.P., 1984 (re-release)"
Snapper Music 2003

While time rolls by, Snapper music offers another reissue of W.A.S.P. self titled debut. The only argument why I'm doing this review is to talk about a history of rock. Well, W.A.S.P are not Deep Purple or Hendrix and without such reissues, we can very easily forget about band's ever existence. Don't nail me to the gun. I'm proud that I can write this review. Bein' fuckin' brave to point your finger onto mother' breasts that feeds you it is not quite easy. You must be crazy. This digipacked re-release is reissued in time when U.S.A. policy is very familiar (or even worse) to that one in Reagan's regime: chauvinistic, conservative, homophobic, militant, puritanical, enslaved by Christian fundamentalism, neo - imperialistic, xenophobic, racist, etc. A regime that wishes to exterminate all love and freedom from individual minds on planet Earth is a real menace to mankind.

In fact, W.A.S.P. went on full at right time. When heavy metal was popular as I suppose it unfortunately won't happen again (eighties era) and in eighties this was dangerous thing that could influence the masses and turns them into unstoppable rebellion force. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) was a provocative enough that label authorities didn't allow this track to be where it is placed now, as an opening track on this reissued version which is rolling right now in my CD player. Shocking glam image of tall guys dressed in chains and leather uniforms are axing strike after strike all the way. Thundering drums, easy structured, but real ear penetrating riffs of sharp edged strikers with no specially decorated bridges, accompanied with Blackie's recognizable aggressive, untamed and wild rough singing supported with strong and expressive back vocals blazes real energy out. A pure blow job! Straight "dressed to kill" blazing riff - an absolute law for W.A.S.P.

To be sincere, scene in 1984 was heavy metal fantasy and to become a success in company of such power plants as Judas Priest or Iron Maiden you had to be damn good. And musically W.A.S.P. were never highly educated band. So they went to build their image and nasty reputation by using disastrous U.S.A. radical policy at that time in their musical expression. A band's bizarre look was the most important thing here. And therefore, they became outlaws, and public liked that. They did what masses are frightened to. To fight for your human rights. I hate to mix music with policy, but that's what W.A.S.P. were doin' when they were searching for their story of success. And they succeeded.

Don't get me wrong. W.A.S.P. "shocking" debut is a great record. They delivered high class bombs as Animal, I Wanna Be Somebody, L.O.V.E. Machine, Hellion or Tormentor. With straight words in choruses that are not much different from the titles of the songs. You can just feel great balls that this band was capable of shoving and that made them so fuckin' damn convincible. These bastards were just high rockin' and rollin' all the way. They were doin' it without thinking and caring much about things. And they were doin' it fuckin' damn good and right.

Author:   Aleš

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