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Released: 2001, Metal-Is
UNHOLY TERROR is the album that was promised to us when the PR machine was in full swing for their last album HELLDORADO(1999). This is the album that sounds like W.A.S.P. This is the album that you can play after spinning such W.A.S.P. greats as their self-titled album and THE HEADLESS CHILDREN and say “YES, W.A.S.P still have it in 2001!!”
“Let It Roar” introduces the new album in classic W.A.S.P. style. Consider this one the musical equivalent of “I Wanna Be Somebody” for 2001! This is probably my favorite track from the new album. It’s a nice feeling when a band delivers what you want, what they do best and yet is not a total rehash of the past. “Locomotive” on the other hand sounds like the cousin of “Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue).” The lyrics for this one concerns something that the media has concentrated on heavily in the past couple years and that is violence in US schools. For that reason this song is sure to generate some interest. The heart of this CD in terms of the album’s title is the song’s “Unholy Terror” and “Charisma.” Both songs contain liner notes alongside them so the meaning of the songs is clear. “Evermore” is a song which is basically part two of the W.A.S.P. classic “Forever Free.” If you liked the original then of course this continuation is as good. Blackie's vocals sound as awesome today as they did in 1984! There are very few negative things I can say about this album. But when it comes to a band I’ve been into for a long, long time like W.A.S.P. I can be a tad picky. A song on the CD that I found a bit tiring was “Euphoria” because it’s yet another of those second rate “Planet Caravan” (Black Sabbath) sounding tunes. Also tiring is the outro to the otherwise very cool song "Wasted White Boys" - it goes on and on with mindless bluesy soloing. The only other complaint is with the song “Raven Heart” – it’s a good song which is almost ruined by an intro which is almost note for note a copy of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.”
W.A.S.P. have often been made fun of for being all shock and no rock. These critics have never read or understood any of Blackie’s lyrics nor do they like to admit that this band is still alive and more then well after some 18 years in the music biz…. Here’s to another 18 years. May the Torture Never Stop!!!!!!
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