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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: W.A.S.P. - Golgotha


Golgotha, allegedly the site Christ was crucified. The place of the skull.

Knowing this shines a different light on the great cover art, which looks amazing in black and red.

This is W.A.S.P.’s fifteenth studio album. The previous one, Babylon, is dated 2009 making this the first album in six years. It’s also the first album released by Napalm Records. Knowing that the band worked on it for four years makes you hope it was worth the wait. And honestly, it was!

Three songs that are on Golgotha were written at the time the band was working on ‘Idol’ but never made the album. Lawless says "The biggest challenge is subject matter because every time you make an album you have to ask yourself 'Who am I right now?'"

Therefore it’s not that those three songs were just taken off a shelf or something; they ended up on this album because they were meant to be on it. ‘Miss you’ is one of those three songs and it has this raw longing that is so easily transferred to the listener that you can feel what it’s about. That is what a great song does.

There are only nine songs on the album but because a few are over seven minutes long it’s still close to an hour of excellent music. If you enjoy the genre this is definitely a must-have. The guitar solos, especially in the title song, are great. The lyrics are biblical, Lawless still has an amazing voice, so what’s not to love?

Golgotha; Free me I’m lost somehow…

Written by Gonny de Rooij

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