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July 1997
Released: 1997, CMC
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

On WASP's newest CD K.F.D. (yes that does stand for Kill Fuck Die) Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless are back together to shock a new generation. Apparently Holmes hasn't played guitar or been involved in music, spending the last few years away from L.A. and the music scene in general. KFD contains none of the acoustic or gentle melodies that is found on WASP's last recording The Crimson Idol. KFD is dark, brutal, sick and by far the most heavy music WASP has made to date.

The first thing that you have to overcome with the new CD is the new sound. At first listen it sounds exceedingly noisy with the distorted vocals. WASP are obviously trying to incorporate the 90's metal/industrial influence into their music. However the question is have they pulled it off, or is KFD just a pathetic attempt to jump the industrial bandwagon? To me the answer is yes they have pulled it off, but it took me a few listens to absorb the new sound. The backbone of the music remains W.A.S.P. that is unarguable. The melodies and chord progressions are without question 100% W.A.S.P. The biggest change is the distorted vocals. Even the guitar sound is more distorted and dirty on this album. KFD is NOT a natural progression from The Crimson Idol. Thus the question remains, if this is not a natural progression for W.A.S.P. then is it all contrived and forced? Either way the song writing ability shines through no matter what the inspiration is.

Reportedly, the new W.A.S.P. tour is supposed to be more shocking than anything they've ever done. For sure it is entertaining. Let's just hope that people are actually listening to the music and are not only attracted to the icing on the cake so to speak - the stage show and lyrical shock value.
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