W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

W.A.S.P. Golgotha cover
Napalm Records
W.A.S.P. are back several years after their previous album “Babylon” and after countless tours in support of the said album. They more or less do what’s expected of them delivering a rather tame, slightly more melodic and a tad less album that otherwise is very much in tune with their past couple of releases from recycling ideas and trademark inventions that characterize the band.
Predictability is the main problematic tangent of “Golgotha” as it really gives you a slight sense of dejavu and fails to impress or sound fresh. It doesn’t disappoint but it certainly fails to excite. The production is pretty much spot on and the cover in the vein of one of those inconsequential slightly abstract BS symbolic monstrosities that have graced the last few albums. (ie, we couldn’t get arced to commission an artist, so this collage will have to do. Seriously given the chance – a million of guys would have done far more epic covers for something like this)…
Onto the music itself though:
Opener “Scream” is a simple rock n metaller, in the vein of “Crazy”, a somewhat bleaker and less inspired “Wildchild” and all that which sounds a bit too unoriginal.
“Last Runaway” isn’t half as bad, a song that embodies the spirit of songs like “Forever Free” but under a different prism. Being one of the last of the Mohicans so to speak, this is a bit of a reflection of an uncompromising (?) rock‘n’roller, allegedly. It sort of works convincingly.
“Shotgun” is an up-tempo rock ‘n roller, the likes of which the band has done many times over and better but doesn’t really annoy, it’s probably rather pleasing.
“Miss You” is the obligatory sentimentally charged “ballad” with Blackie sounding profound but then again while it’s nice, it’s similar to past things although as the band is quite unique in the way it sounds, they still manage to “pass” the recycling of riffs or melodies without the need to put in too much effort…
“Fallen Under” is mid-tempo and wears it’s bitter sweetness on its sleeve and manages to creep under the skin, almost undetected.
“Slaves of the New World Order” is more epic and never quite picks up the pace but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You know how a lot of Americans, supposedly lately take a more and more “skeptical” stance against their own government and the world policies, some from a serious standpoint, while some others from a completely conspiracy theorist/wacky patriotic point of view… this kind of thing. A rock song is hardly the place to get political or philosophical but if you can do it without becoming too preaching, why the hell not.
“Eyes of My Maker” is both epic and cathartic, with Blackie releasing some tortured screams and all during the song… brooding, slow and epic with some nice soloing, I‘d say.
“Hero of the World” sounds like it could have come from one of the post millennial albums and it’s by all means quite OK.
“Golgotha” has a nice bridge with a fantastic melody but the whole new born Christian preaching is a bit too much, I guess… for me still it doesn’t matter to drag the sound down as it gives way to a pretty nice and extended solo. A pretty worthy track but I could have certainly done with a little less preaching, please.
A by the numbers WASP album then that doesn’t offend but certainly fails to make a huge mark. You probably are gonna end up liking it but it’s mostly because you‘re used to liking the band, rather than genuine excitement.