Wednesday, April 6, 2011

W.A.S.P - The Headless Children - Review

Ok, the first thing I want to admit here. I only ever heard maybe a handful of W.A.S.P tracks before. And i was thoroughly unimpressed. I don't much care for the old sex/drugs/rock and roll shite. Never been my cup of tea, So of course I was never intrigued enough to look further into W.A.S.P's catalog. 

But, this album was suggested to me by a friend for a review. so I figured "Why not?" 

I admit this album was not what I was expecting. They were actually "serious" with this record. And while it is still just normal run of the mill heavy metal, I remained interested through the entire album. And i expected to be bored the entire time. 

Well I was wrong, I enjoyed this album. There was no songs like i thought there would be. "fuck like a beast" which all these years that was the only thing i thought they wrote about. But this album Steps away from that and makes a very bold statement. 

The lyrics here can even be described as "thought provoking." for instance the first track, The Heretic (The Lost Child).  Has some pretty deep lyrics, and while i enjoy the song the long. But the drawn out solo for the last 1/4 of the song I felt was pointless and TO long. And to be honest the solo wasn't that impressive. We also have to keep in mind that this was released in 1989. When every song ever had to have a solo. lulz 

After that we get the second track, The Real Me. Which is just a fun rock and roll track. It'll make you bob your head just for the fun of it. 

But the real gem on this album is the title track, The Headless Children. It has a VERY epic intro and it can actually get pretty heavy near the end of the track. This is without a doubt my favorite track on the album. 

Also I'd like to point out, Blackies vocals on this album VERY much reminds me of, Jon Oliva. "The vocalist from Savatage" I feel the vocals on this album are almost a dead on match for Savatage's "Gutter Ballet" Album. But Blackie has a little less "Character" in his voice. 

Guitarwork and other instruments are handled professionally here. nothing awe inspiring but they do what needs to be done. and it's very decent I really can't think of any track where i was Underwhelmed with the music. 

Ok now to the cons: This album felt a bit dated to me. I'm not sure it has aged very well, and while I enjoyed spinning the album for the review I'm not entirely sure I'll come back to it in the foreseeable future. 

Also this track has a lot of fillers I think, The second half of the album was vastly inferior to the first half of the album. Seems they bunched all the good music in the front to keep you somewhat entertained through it. But by the time you hit the halfway mark when the track, Mephisto Waltz. Gets playing that's the turning point in the album.

Another con? Well this is just my view and this certainly was not the case when i was younger. But I can't really stand Guitar Solos anymore. Not sure what changed my mind there but for the past few years I've just been bored with soloing. And this album has at least one in every track. But this is just a con due to my personal preference. 

Overall this is a FUN album to listen to. As i enjoyed checking it out for this review. But i don't think I'll be coming back to it much. If at all. But on the bright side this album was much better than i thought it was going to be. 



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