Released: 2007, Demolition Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P have finally released the much-delayed DOMINATOR album. I have always liked W.A.S.P and grew up with the band, but to be honest the band has its ups and downs throughout their long career. Unfortunately, this album will be counted amongst the band’s downs.
Lawless says that DOMINATOR is an album based on the idea of Western Imperialism and about what’s wrong with Washington D.C., so this is another concept album by W.A.S.P. Music-wise, Lawless hasn’t anything from before and I really have a problem with the material. I’m really tired of the whole concept album thing. Please, Blackie, do something different next time!
The album peaks at “Long, Long Way to Go”, “The Burning Man”, “Heaven’s Blessed”, “Teacher”, and “Deal with the Devil”, which are heavy tunes that can probably stay in the set list for a longer period of time. Two ballads are featured and they sound just as Lawless ballads used to. “Take Me Up” and “Heaven’s Hung in Black” both have hit potential. “Heaven’s Hung in Black (Reprise)” is the same song once again, but with only guitar and vocals, which really does nothing for the album.
I don’t really know if he’s run out of musical ideas for a new album or if he’s stuck doing theme albums for the rest of his life. Either way, I’m getting tired of it and I really long to hear something fresh and new from my childhood hero. Lawless has a lot to say about a lot of things, but the question is if people have the time and interest to listen to his words of wisdom today. The best theme album by W.A.S.P is still THE CRIMSON IDOL, and the following albums aren’t nearly as good as that one. The album has its moments, but it’s too long in between each highlight. This is not what I had expected W.A.S.P to deliver at all, so the rating is a weak.