W.A.S.P - Golgotha / Napalm records - 7/10

BIO: W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for - waspnation.com

Growing up with the likes of W.A.S.P being spoon fed to me along the way, it's fair to say I have a little bit of a soft spot for the band, regardless of its digression at some points along the way, and this is with good reason…

When what some would call a 'legend of the genre' takes the time to create a new album, there's plenty of opportunity for it to fall face down and be another addition to the list of let downs, but when it's done right, it is something quite special. It seems like a lengthy six year wait has paid off for Blackie Lawless, big style.

Following on from 2009's Babylon, Golgotha takes a similar dark biblical inspired lyrical route that spurs on the unmistakable trademark W.A.S.P sound that’s been gracing our record players since 1982. A mighty deliverance of melodic metal, Golgotha is truly a statement piece that re-establishes W.A.S.P as a relevant and exciting force, even in music’s current state.

Opening track, 'Scream', is an almighty punch in the gut to any doubtful listener who's dared to judge the 'book' by its cover. Retaining all that W.A.S.P was, and is, there's no let-up in Blackie’s vocals, nor has the melodic musicianship deviated far from its original path, despite the criticism that has been drawn in recently.

'Last Runaway' and 'Shotgun' are vibrant tracks that are undeniably memorable and seamlessly fitting to W.A.S.P's back catalogue and current touring set-list and could be seen as a welcoming old friend that entices the long time, stone-set fans and younger followers alike. These particular songs are exciting and uplifting, and i'd imagine they'd work wonders in a live setting. Comfortably places amongst these impacting songs, you'll find the likes of the slightly tamer 'Miss You', which most definitely takes this record to another level with an emotional outcry of passion and pain, conjured in the vocals and guitar melody which entwines you in the heart of the song. Many of the tracks on this album do a stunning job of transferring what may be Lawless's personal emotion. The album continues to advance from strength to strength, staying close to the aggressive, fast paces song forms that highlight the more familiar W.A.S.P sound, reminiscent of W.A.S.P self titled and The Crimson idol.

In its entirety, this release is built piece by piece, comprised of emphatic musical offerings which lead to an epic title track - a restitution of Lawless's faith in the form of 'Golgotha'. This track is without a doubt, one of Lawless's most notable creations in well over 15-20 years of his career. Its apparent that avery ounce of effort and experience has gone into the creating of this particular song.

Golgotha offers pretty much everything you'd want from a band of this sort of calibre. The truth is, this record is exactly what W.A.S.P has needed, and something dedicated W.A.S.P fans have been waiting to get. Regardless of appearance changes, past feuds and any harsh critique absorbed by the band, Golgotha has the making to silence negativity by proving that these guys, especially Blackie Lawless, are back on top form and are still more than capable of creating a killer record that's more than worth everyone's time. Golgotha is a product of true experience and wow, is that obvious.


1. Scream
2. Last Runaway
3. Shotgun
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
9. Golgotha


Review by: Christiane Robinson