(8/10) It took Blackie Lawless six years to come with a new studio album from W.A.S.P.. "Babylon" which got pretty good feedback at that time, was published in 2009 and now it's time for some new 'lawless' stuff.
The lonplayer comes with nine new songs and the first thing that is salient is the length of the tracks. The tunes got longer than on "Babylon"; they are all between 5 and almost eight minutes. This reminds a bit to the times in the 90's when the iconic frontman released the "The Crimson Idol" album. But it's not only the running time that reminded me to the older days. Also the compositions on the new longplayer sounds similar to W.A.S.P.'s milestone album; in a modern 'dress'.
The opener "Scream" is a typical W.A.S.P. anthem with a catchy melody and a hard riff. That's how metal from the 80's need to sound in the new century. "Miss you", another great song, starts as a ballad before it gets more rocking. Lawless puts hell of a lot of feel into this song that that makes it it one of the best ones on "Golgotha". The same goes for the title track which basically follows the same principle.
More rocker wanted; here you go. "Fallen Under" is a melodic riff rocker that is more spot-on while "Hero Of The World" pushes with a galloping rhythm and also the catchy "Eyes Of The Maker" can easily keep the high standard.
The only song that became a bit too sweet is "Last Runaway". The track feels more like Bon Jovi arranged the W.A.S.P. way. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad tune, but the others are better.
"Golgotha" is a logical continuation of "Babylon", themewise and musicwise. It shows that W.A.S.P. should not be written off or should be put on the shelf. Blackie Lawless still knows how to write and arrange pretty good metal songs that we all want to hear from the band. Looking forward to see the guys live again.
- Last Runaway
- Miss You
- Fallen Under
- Slaves Of The New World Order
- Eyes Of My Maker
- Hero Of The World
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015