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The Neon God Part 2: The Demise
Released: 2004, Sanctuary/Metal-Is
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
I don’t know why I even bother reviewing W.A.S.P. anymore. As one of my favorite bands of all time my marks are so artificially inflated by my love for the band that my reviews probably aren’t even useful for the novice fan. Even so, Part II is brilliant. It’s faster, heavier, darker than Part I. Blackie sounds more pissed off, is singing very well and the disc kicks off with the catchiest song they have done in years ‘Never Say Die’.
Same style of packing, production and delivery Part II and Part I are virtually interchangeable and compliment each other nicely. Great songs, great story and the disc finishes with the longest W.A.S.P. songs ever, ‘The Last Redemption’. A fitting finale. Two W.A.S.P. CD’s in a year. Awesome!
1. Never Say Die
3. The Demise
4. Clockwork Mary
5. Tear down The Walls
6. Come Back To Black
7. All My Life
8. Destinies To Come
9. The Last Redemption
Blackie Lawless-Vocals, guitar
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