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W.A.S.P. – Performing At KNOTFEST In Bogota, Colombia On December 6th, 2019

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

From the W.A.S.P. facebook:

W.A.S.P. is happy to announce their participation in the upcoming KnotFest Festival in Bogota, Colombia, on December 6th 2019.
We look forward to seeing you there!!

Festival info: https://knotfestcolombia.com/

For more W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P. Nation (Official)

LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE KNOTFEST.

STONE.

W.A.S.P. – “Golgotha” Limited Metal Box Set Info; “Golgotha” Studio Album Releasing October 2nd, via Napalm Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

WASP - Golgotha - promo Metal box set photo - 2015 - #0604MMGMSASF

As reported by Napalm Records:

Check out the updated product picture (above) for the exclusive W.A.S.P. Metal Box!

http://shop.napalmrecords.com/WASP

US customers: www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/store/wasp

Including the Limited Edition Digipak CD, Exclusive 7″ E.P. Picture Vinyl Single “Shotgun – Alternative Version” with Logo Silk-Screen on Side B Carton Cover Sleeve and only available in this box, W.A.S.P. Logo Pendant/Necklace, Poster Flag and Photo-Card.

Metal Box Limited to 1,500 units worldwide!

WASP - Golgotha - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #33777MMGMSAOTSFF

W.A.S.P. To Release Golgotha on October 2nd 
via Napalm Records.

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. This October 2nd, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long-awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.

Frontman Blackie Lawless on the new album Golgotha: 
“There are times in any band’s career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified – Hebrew for “the place of the skull”.”

Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore in North America and Europe.

Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore in North America and Europe.

Shop North America: http://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/store/wasp

Shop Rest of The World: http://shop.napalmrecords.com/wasp

Golgotha – Track Listing:

  1. Scream
  2. Last Runaway
  3. Shotgun
  4. Miss You
  5. Fallen Under
  6. Slaves of the New World Order
  7. Eyes of My Maker
  8. Hero of the World
  9. Golgotha

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W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’s Dominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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W.A.S.P.

Blackie Lawless – Vocals, Guitarist
Mike Duda – Bass Guitar
Doug Blair – Lead Guitar
Mike Dupke – Drums

www.waspnation.com

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

W.A.S.P. – 2014 Summer Live Dates And Festivals

Posted in classic rock, concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

W.A.S.P. - 2014 Summer Dates & Festivals - promo banner - 2013

W.A.S.P. – Below are 2 concert flyers that have been put up on the official W.A.S.P. Nation Website, only days ago. I can only hope, dream, wish and pray, that the fantastically legendary Blackie Lawless and his iconic band W.A.S.P. make their way to my area of the world, in 2014. Metal be thy name!!

RussianPoster2014

AND…

Sweden Rock Festival - 2014 - promo flyer - #136 - 2014

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* For more info on W.A.S.P.:

Website: http://www.waspnation.com

Facebook: W.A.S.P. Nation (Official)

* SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL:

Website: http://www.swedenrock.com

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LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

W.A.S.P. – The Legendary Blackie Lawless And His Band = Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

W.A.S.P. - Classic Logo - X-Large!!

W.A.S.P. – Without further delay, I hereby make this METAL declaration on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, that:

W.A.S.P.

IS

STONE’S

METAL PICK

OF THE DAY!

AND…

METAL BE

THY NAME.

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W.A.S.P. 2013 FESTIVAL DATES:

W.A.S.P. - Tour Dates - Festivals - 2013

Here is Stone’s favorite W.A.S.P. album of all-time:

W.A.S.P. "The Last Command" x-large album pic!!!

W.A.S.P. – THE LAST COMMAND – (1985)

Stone Says: There’s truly never been a W.A.S.P. album I’ve never liked. Some W.A.S.P. albums I just like more than others. It’s my Metal belief, that, Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale really did get me hooked on W.A.S.P. (back in the day). Around 6 years ago or so, Scott Coverdale reinvigorated my allegiance to the W.A.S.P. Nation once again… and I thank him for that. Hell yes, I do.

W.A.S.P. "Live In The Raw" large album pic!!!

W.A.S.P. – LIVE IN THE RAW (1987)

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For more info on W.A.S.P., click on the links below! Whoa!

http://www.waspnation.com

facebook: W.A.S.P.

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LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE BLACKIE LAWLESS.

LONG LIVE THE W.A.S.P. NATION.

I also hope that one day, toilet paper is manufactured with the PMRC letters on it; so I can wipe my METAL lovin’ ass with it.

Stone.

W.A.S.P. 30 YEARS OF THUNDER – Part One & Part Two: Posted On The Official W.A.S.P. Nation Website

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

W.A.S.P. – The legendary Blackie Lawless is currently celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Heavy Metal band he founded, nurtured and made into a dominating force, a band known across the globe as W.A.S.P. and the celebration is called: W.A.S.P. 30 Years Of Thunder. Fans can go directly to W.A.S.P. NATION and read both Part One and Part Two of W.A.S.P. 30 Years Of Thunder.

Blackie Lawless has written, in detail, the early beginnings of W.A.S.P. in Part One, (which was posted on W.A.S.P. Nation in September) and Blackie continues on with the early stages of W.A.S.P. history with Part Two (which was posted up this month of October). In the coming months, Blackie Lawless will serve up more W.A.S.P. history, as he writes about the evolution of his band and more amazingly cool stories and facts.

Best Metal buddy/Metal Odyssey’s Metal Researcher Scott Coverdale came across Part One and was ecstatic about this W.A.S.P. anniversary, bringing it all to my Metal attention… I too share in the same Metal excitement. Scott and I both congratulate Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P.! Here’s to another 30 Years Of Thunder! Metal be thy name.

“There are those who play Heavy Metal, there are Heavy Metal legends and then there are Champions of Heavy Metal. Blackie Lawless is a Champion of Heavy Metal”. – Stone

* Visit The Official W.A.S.P. Nation website by clicking the link below:

W.A.S.P. NATION

LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE BLACKIE LAWLESS.

Stone.

BLACKIE LAWLESS OF W.A.S.P. – HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAY!!

Posted in celebrity birthdays, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock music history, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

BLACKIE LAWLESSOn September 4, 1956, Blackie Lawless was born. On that day, the history of Heavy Metal was solidified and secured. Blackie Lawless turns a Metal cool 54 today! Happy Metal Birthday Blackie Lawless! You are a Metal Odyssey – Lifetime Metal Warrior. With 14 studio albums and 4 live albums as the founding Metal leader of W.A.S.P., I and Scott Coverdale give you a Metal salute and a rousing THANK YOU!

THANK YOU Blackie Lawless for also standing up against the PMRC back in 1985… our freedom to listen to the music that we love in America was on the brink due to this PMRC “group” and WE WON due to our Metal and Music community banding together as one. Scott Coverdale and I don’t forget what you stood up for back in those late 80’s. Stone and Scott Coverdale shall never forget their Metal roots, therefore, we shall never forget the history of Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P.!

THANK YOU for creating Babylon. This 2009 studio album of unreal & supercharged Metal was heralded as the #1 Heavy Metal album of 2009, right here, on Metal Odyssey! On December 28, 2009, Metal Odyssey posted their “Top 25 Heavy Metal Albums Of 2009”. Anyone who missed it can read all about it and check out W.A.S.P. Babylon being #1, just by clicking on the big and cool link below:

METAL ODYSSEY’S TOP 25 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2009

* After the release of Babylon, I was so psyched out of my Metal mind about this album, that praising one song at a time from it seemed like a logical Metal choice. Here is the post, from November 14, 2009, that gives Metal praise to the Chuck Berry classic Promised Land, that W.A.S.P. so admirably covered on Babylon:

W.A.S.P. COVERS CHUCK BERRY CLASSIC – “PROMISED LAND” ON “BABYLON” ALBUM

* On November 11, 2009, I gave a Metal thumbs up to the song Crazy from Babylon:

W.A.S.P. “CRAZY” FROM “BABYLON” ALBUM IS WOVEN WITH HEAVY METAL MATURITY

* And on November 10, 2009, I ranted and Metal raved about W.A.S.P. covering the Deep Purple classic Burn that is heard on Babylon:

W.A.S.P. COVERS THE DEEP PURPLE CLASSIC “BURN” WITH HEAVY METAL PRIDE ON BABYLON ALBUM!

* On March 10, 2010, Metal Odyssey posted about just how incredible W.A.S.P. Live… In The Raw truly is. You can check it out by clicking on the magic link below:

W.A.S.P. – “LIVE… IN THE RAW” RESONATES THE LIVE POWER AND SOUL OF HEAVY ROCK ‘N ROLL!!

* On January 14, 2010, Metal Odyssey featured a post about the collector side of Stone when it comes to W.A.S.P., the 12″ single of The Real Me is shown in all of it’s Metal glory! Click that jim dandy link below to check it out:

W.A.S.P. – “THE REAL ME” 12″ SINGLE FROM 1989 REVISITED!

* On December 30, 2009, Metal Odyssey got all Metal giddy about the 1989 picture disc of The Headless Children. Yes… that fine link below will take you right to this post:

W.A.S.P. “THE HEADLESS CHILDREN” 1989 PICTURE DISC IS FOR KEEPS!

* Going back to April April 24, 2009, Metal Odyssey wasn’t bashful about being Metal psyched about the 1985 studio album – The Last Command. Metal be thy name, this is a fabulous W.A.S.P. album! Read for yourself, if you so choose, by clicking the link below:

W.A.S.P. “The Last Command” is a Heavy Metal classic!

* Back on March 21, 2009, Metal Odyssey celebrated 26 years of W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal! A terrific post was written to celebrate this amazing and historic Heavy Metal event. The link below shall guide you to this Metal read:

Celebrating 26 years of W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal!

* For those who want to learn about more incredible W.A.S.P. albums from the past, all you need to do is click on the links below. These are all album reviews written by Stone!

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – DYING FOR THE WORLD

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – STILL NOT BLACK ENOUGH

* From March 15, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – HELLDORADO

* From March 14, 2009:

W.A.S.P. – THE CRIMSON IDOL

So, as anyone can see, Blackie Lawless and his amazingly important and Metal historic band W.A.S.P. are and forever will be embraced here on Metal Odyssey.

LONG LIVE BLACKIE LAWLESS!

BLACKIE LAWLESS = HEAVY METAL & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LEGEND

Stone.

W.A.S.P. – “LIVE… IN THE RAW” RESONATES THE LIVE POWER AND SOUL OF HEAVY ROCK ‘N ROLL!!

Posted in 1980's heavy metal albums, 1980's live heavy metal albums, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's heavy metal songs, 1980's metal bands, 1980's metal music, 1987 heavy metal music, 1990's heavy metal bands, Album Review, cool album covers, current heavy metal bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 1987, heavy metal bands, heavy metal history, heavy metal legends, heavy metal music, heavy metal songs, heavy metal vocalists, live heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, old school heavy metal bands, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

W.A.S.P. – released their first live album, Live… in the Raw on November 27, 1987, on Capitol Records. This is THE live W.A.S.P. album to own… in my Metal opinion. My best Metal buddy Scott and I practically wore this cassette out back in those late 80’s… (yes, the cassette is still in my Metal stash). With Live… in the Raw being reissued, back in 1998, four bonus tracks have since been included on this Heavy Metal masterpiece. (See track listing below). Every song rages with thorough and uncompromising heaviness, as only W.A.S.P. can deliver it. Blackie Lawless has always and still penetrates my Metal senses like an unrelenting electric shock… his vocals are damn great on this live album. Damn great.

All I hear on Live In The Raw, since Metal day one, is one impeccably talented and confident band. This W.A.S.P. lineup is classic, downright legendary. W.A.S.P. took their hits from the vulgar PMRC, (these bored political housewives started this obscene attack on Rock ‘N Roll’s freedom back around 1985), in the end, all that these snotty billionaire’s got out of their unnecessary antagonism was a lousy parental warning sticker to be put on albums. Let Metal freedom reign. If you look at the front album cover of Live… in the Raw closely, there is PMRC scrawled inside a circle with a line going through it, (just underneath the title Live… in the Raw), … that’s funny, even in 2010.

As I look back upon it now, the PMRC really did Rock ‘N Roll and all of it’s trillions of fans a huge favor… they only made us embrace and behold our bands and music we cherish all the more stronger. Live… in the Raw reestablished my fond joy that Heavy Metal brings to my life back in 1987, as I listen to this album now in 2010, it continues to reestablish that Metal fact. I knew W.A.S.P. was an enormous Heavy Metal band before Live… in the Raw was released, I just didn’t realize how F’n huge they really were… until my ears were Metal christened with this live album.

After all these years, songs like – Harder FasterI Wanna Be Somebody, I Don’t Need No Doctor, Blind In Texas and The Manimal, as heard in all their live, Metal glory, revs me up to the point where I’m beyond psyched out… I’m super F’n psyched out. You know what? I’m going out on a Metal limb here… Live… in the Raw is simply untouchable. That’s it. The overall theme of this live W.A.S.P. album is Heavy Metal F’n rules. How else can I explain it? It’s blue collar, old school and I’m not about to get fancy about this live W.A.S.P. album. I’m not going to tip toe through the F’n tulips to describe the Metal credibility and importance that this W.A.S.P. album bestows. Nor shall I fart around about the unreal energy level that Blackie Lawless and the boys generate on it. It’s Heavy Metal good times… one gigantic Heavy Metal party… this Live… in the Raw album is. Every and any fan of Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal MUST own this piece of Heavy Metal history.

Suck me, suck me, eat me raw!!!

W.A.S.P. as they appeared on Live… in the Raw:

Blackie Lawless – vocals & rhythm guitar

Chris Holmes – lead guitar

Johnny Rod – bass

Steve Riley – drums

* Scream Until You Like It was included on the 1988 movie soundtrack for Ghoulies II.

Track Listing for Live… in the Raw:

Inside The Electric Circus

I Don’t Need No Doctor

L.O.V.E. Machine

Wild Child

9.5. – Nasty

Sleeping (In The Fire)

The Manimal

I Wanna Be Somebody

Harder Faster

Blind In Texas

Scream Until You Like It

Shoot From The Hip (Live) – bonus track

Widowmaker (Live) – bonus track

Sex Drive (Live) – bonus track

Sleeping In The Fire (Acoustic Studio Track) – bonus track

* My reissued CD copy of Live… in the Raw is on Snapper Classics.

Stone.

A HEAVY METAL MUSIC FLASHBACK FROM 1987!

Posted in 1980's hair metal bands, 1980's heavy metal albums, 1980's hair metal music, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's thrash metal, 1987 heavy metal music, 1990's heavy metal bands, classic heavy metal, current heavy metal bands, heavy metal albums 1987, heavy metal bands, heavy metal concert posters, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal history, heavy metal memorabilia, heavy metal music, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, old school thrash metal music, rock music, thrash metal albums, thrash metal bands, thrash metal legends, vintage heavy metal albums, vintage heavy metal bands, vintage thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Now this is a flashback of Heavy Metal history.  This is a promotional advertisement from 1987 for the Monsters Of Rock (festival) at Donington Park out in the U.K., the lineup of bands was obviously powerhouse! This huge Heavy Metal event took place on August 22, 1987. Metallica was just on the rise, (sounds weird saying that), with their unreal great, 1986 Master Of Puppets album, which catapulted them to historical Metal heights. Cinderella was still promoting their debut album Night Songs. Anthrax was supporting their Among The Living album, a great Thrash Metal album indeed. DIO being on the bill was perfect timing, with Dream Evil being released on July 21, 1987. W.A.S.P. was a hot ticket for this Monsters Of Rock, after their Inside The Electric Circus album’s release in November of 1986. Then there was the headliner, Bon Jovi, being almost a year to the date of the Slippery When Wet album release of August 18, 1986.

Would these same bands actually be included in a Heavy Metal festival like this in 2009? I doubt it, especially when you look at the direction in which Bon Jovi has taken musically. Anthrax and Cinderella are not in the spotlight currently. DIO is touring, only not at a level of intensity of the late 1980’s, nonetheless, Ronnie James Dio and his band would be a solid compliment to a Heavy Metal jamboree anywhere today. Metallica would be the headliner in 2009, without question!! W.A.S.P. would be a perfect band for any Heavy Metal event in 2009, not a second thought about that one!

Over the years, um, decades, I have seen Cinderella, DIO and Metallica live. Memorable Metal moments for me, each one. I would still be ecstatic to see W.A.S.P. someday live… man, that would be the Metal icing on the cake for me. W.A.S.P. is definitely my favorite band out of this group. I would gladly accept a chance to see Anthrax live somewhere in the future as well, regardless of who is at lead vocals. The artwork on this promo is, in my Metal opinion, old school 1980’s Heavy Metal. Neat stuff.

Heavy Metal And Punk Rock Listening Suggestions For The Weekend And Beyond

Posted in 1970's classic rock albums, 1970's classic rock bands, 1970's classic rock songs, 1970's punk rock, 1970's classic rock music, 1970's hard rock, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1990's heavy metal albums, 1990's heavy metal bands, american punk rock bands, classic heavy metal, classic punk rock, classic rock music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, current punk rock music, essential heavy metal albums, essential punk rock albums, hard rock music, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal albums, heavy metal music, heavy metal vocalists, lists, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, new punk rock music, old school heavy metal, old school punk rock, punk rock album covers, punk rock albums, punk rock bands, punk rock music, rock & roll, rock and roll, rock music, vintage heavy metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyAh, the weekend is here. Time to clean up the house, tidy the garage, finish some yard work and maybe wash and vacuum the car. Watch some College and/or NFL Football this weekend too. What are some music listening suggestions I may have for the weekend? Thank you for asking. Heavy Metal and/or all the other Metal Music genres that exist is first and foremost. Oh, may I also suggest some Punk Rock as well? Thank you for allowing me to do so. What was that? Did someone just ask me to name specifically which bands and/or albums to delve into this weekend? Gee, I feel rather honored to be suggesting to the entire world , a tidy list of great heavy bands and/or albums to choose from… uh, here it is:

The first Heavy Metal suggestion to maximize your listening enjoyment is –

W.A.S.P. GROUP PHOTO #1

LONG LIVE BLACKIE LAWLESS

Here is a Hard Rock favorite of mine, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.  Man On The Silver Mountain is an unreal great song, it never fails to give me the psyched out chills each time I listen to it. Released back in 1975, Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals makes this album a standout for Rainbow… with Ritchie Blackmore on guitar you cannot go wrong here.

Rainbow 1st Album - large pic

Alright, since I feel like it, I will suggest an Old School Punk Rock Band and just one current Punk Rock Band. However, that is it. Then I’m done. Either take it or be uncool and don’t.

Ramones. Enough said about that. Man, if you do not own any Ramones by now… BUY SOME RAMONES THIS WEEKEND!!! Any greatest hits will suffice for the beginner Ramones fan – heck, I have a greatest hits from them… this one:

Ramones "Their Toughest Hits" large album pic

Now, I cannot get enough of this new album from The Casualties. we are all we have was released on August 25, 2009. The Casualties know their Punk roots and it comes out loud and Punk clear through their Punk songs. Yeah it does. Give ’em a listen this weekend.

The Casualties "we are all we have" large pic

O.k., here is one more Heavy Metal suggestion for your listening enjoyment, guaranteed to Rock your weekend! If this album doesn’t do it for you… go listen to some Jim Nabors, (you know, the Gomer Pyle dude who actually sang and made records).

Motorhead "March Or Die" large album pic

The two cover songs of Cat Scratch Fever and Hellraiser are enormously incredible on this March Or Die album. Motorhead is the elixir of all great things about Rock and Roll.

Now, as I stated a few sentences ago… if this Motorhead album or any other suggestions on this Heavy Metal and Punk Rock list are of no interest to you and/or bother you in any sort of way, this is what you should be listening to instead –

Jim Nabors

WARNING: LISTENING TO JIM NABORS MAY CAUSE SEVERE CONSTIPATION


W.A.S.P. “BABYLON” is coming October 13, 2009!!

Posted in 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's metal music, 1990's heavy metal bands, classic heavy metal, classic metal, cool album covers, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 2009, heavy metal bands this decade, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, metal music this decade, metal music today, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, spooky album covers, spooky metal album covers, vintage heavy metal bands, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

I just received a very Metal enthusiastic email from my best buddy Scott… he asked if I have checked out the W.A.S.P. Nation website… evidently, it has been a few weeks since I last checked in there. The news is out! W.A.S.P. BABYLON is coming out this October 13th of 2009!!! Scott is without a doubt, the biggest W.A.S.P. fan that I know, he single handedly is instrumental in my very own Metal hunger for W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal. (This goes back decades, plus he more than nudged me to buy a whole bunch of W.A.S.P. on CD a year ago too). Blackie Lawless is BACK!! W.A.S.P. is BACK with a new album this October! This is what Heavy Metal is all about, it is spelled – W.A.S.P.  In my Metal opinion, there has never, ever, been a W.A.S.P. album that has short changed the true essence of Heavy Metal. October of 2009 is looking better by the Metal second now. Scott and I will be counting the days down for this one… 

Metal fans… visit http://www.waspnation.com 

W.A.S.P. "Babylon" large album cover

Having a lousy day? Then listen to W.A.S.P. “Live… In The Raw”

Posted in 1980's live heavy metal albums, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's metal music, Album Review, classic metal, cool album covers, essential heavy metal albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, horror metal, live rock albums, Metal, metal concerts, metal music, Metal Reviews, Music, vintage heavy metal albums, vintage live heavy metal albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

W.A.S.P. released “Live… In The Raw” on November 27, 1987. I always thank the Metal Gods for W.A.S.P. existing. Blackie Lawless is one of my Metal heroes. This live album/CD is one heck of a Metal ride, an outstanding set of vintage W.A.S.P. tunes that are monstrously power driven. My best buddy in the entire Metal galaxy introduced me to W.A.S.P. back in the mid 1980’s, it was the greatest gift I have ever received from him. I know this line has been used millions of times before, however, being introduced to W.A.S.P. back then is the Metal gift that keeps on giving. Look, if you are in need of some legitimate Metal music that will pick you up, power you up and make you flip off your enemies and/or antagonists, well, “Live… In The Raw” is all the Metal fuel you need. There has always been something about the in your face and straight up brand of Heavy Metal that W.A.S.P. provides, it has been a Metal elixir for me going on three decades now. The legendary W.A.S.P. lineup on this live album was: Blackie Lawless on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Chris Holmes on lead & rhythm guitar, Johnny Rod on bass & backing vocals and Steve Riley on drums & backing vocals.

I always dig the live concert albums that make me feel like I am/was there to experience it. “Live… In The Raw” is one of those albums for me. From the opening track of “Inside The Electric Circus” to “The Manimal” in the middle of the set, to “Blind In Texas” – this is full throttle, old school Heavy Metal, that makes me forget about all the morons that try to make my life miserable. I recommend with full Metal pride, this album/CD to anyone just getting interested in discovering what W.A.S.P. is all about. “Harder Faster” and “9.5 – N.A.S.T.Y.” are two incredible live tracks, I envision Blackie Lawless actually singing these songs with his trademark crazed look about his face as I listen. (Hey, what else would anyone be envisioning while listening to live W.A.S.P.? Huh? Daisy and floral gardens? Cute little chipmunks? I do not think so). This live album is an all Metal feel-good experience, courtesy of one of the most commercially unacceptable bands in the world… the PMRC’s worst nightmare, the undeniable W.A.S.P.. 

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W.A.S.P. “The Last Command” is a Heavy Metal classic!

Posted in 1980's heavy metal music, Album Review, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, Metal Reviews, Music, rock music, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

13297835“W.A.S.P. “The Last Command” is a Heavy Metal album that has enormous energy, loaded with heavy riffs and guitar leads. I am a W.A.S.P. fan, I by no means want to sound bias, yet this is a classic example of just how sensational, fun and at times provocative the Heavy Metal music and lyrics of W.A.S.P. truly are/were. Released in November of 1985, it is my opinion that “The Last Command” provides more Heavy Metal music muscle than many bands of this genre and time period. The bonus tracks are key, (these bonus tracks are found on the reissue version), there are 7 in all, with W.A.S.P. doing a heavy duty cover of the infamous Mountain song “Mississippi Queen”. Blackie Lawless on lead vocals and bass is the epitome of Heavy Metal then and now, his vocals are a focal point for me, extremely riveting. The 5 live bonus tracks are infused with an electrifying energy of all things Heavy about this band, these songs are quality live recordings. After you listen to the 3 opening songs, the captivating Heavy Metal of W.A.S.P. will have you wishing you owned “The Last Command” for the last 20 plus years! I have never known of or listened to a W.A.S.P. album that I never liked. “The Last Command” kicks the Metal into high gear and should always be played LOUD for maximum enjoyment. I highly recommend “The Last Command” to all W.A.S.P. fans, Heavy Metal and Metal fans and any fan of quality Heavy music from the decade of the ’80’s.

W.A.S.P. on “The Last Command” – Blackie Lawless on lead vocals and bass, Randy Piper on lead, rhythm guitars & background vocals, Chris Holmes on lead & rhythm guitars and Steve Riley on drums & background vocals. The liner notes are outstanding, with 12 pages of complete lyrics, extended artwork, nearly a dozen full color photos of W.A.S.P. and written history behind the making of “The Last Command” and a history of W.A.S.P. as a band.”

5 Heavy Metal events that could never possibly take place

Posted in Black Metal, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden, Metal, Music, Rock, Slipknot, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

metalodyssey4Here I go again, making up hysterical situations that could never, ever happen. Oh, by the way, these situations are all Heavy Metal related. So, sit back, turn up some Iron Maiden, read along and enjoy.

1.    “Larry King Live” will have as special guests, Job For A Cowboy. Larry King will ask Jon Rice if he is a “big fan of John Wayne movies or what young fella”? “Tell the folks at home, are you”?

2.    Al Gore will write a biography titled: “An American Hero – Dee Snider

3.    NBC’s “The Today Show” will dedicate one full week to Black Metal for their famous – “Summer Concert Series”. 

4.    MSNBC will ask Blackie Lawless to join their political analyst team.

5.    Al Roker from NBC’s incredibly informative? “The Today Show”, will be introducing Slipknot onstage for the remainder of their “All Hope Is Gone Tour”

Greatest Metal album of all time – list #4!

Posted in Alice cooper, Black Metal, Gene Simmons, Guitar, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Reviews, james hetfield, Led Zeppelin, Metal, Metallica, Paul Stanley, Rock, Thrash Metal, Vocals, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

412770Well, here I am, continuing my research and very own and personal Metal journey of deciding what the greatest Metal album of all time is. As with the past 3 lists that I have compiled, these lists are nominees only, in no particular order. Plus, a point I need to make is, it would be “fun” and “cool” to add every Metallica, every Led Zeppelin album ever released to these lists, wouldn’t it? I just cannot do that, for I need to keep “some” integrity flowing around here! There will be a few entries from respective Metal bands however, only due to their enormous impact on the evolution and culture of Heavy Metal. I should not be too far away from “finishing” these lists, I cannot wait to see what Metal album I choose as the greatest ever! Once I do make that illustrious and personal Metal decision, I will definitely detail the reasons for why I chose that particular Metal album, you bet. Without further delay, here are another 15 classic Metal albums that I nominate for greatest ever:

1.   Led Zeppelin – “ll”

2.   Led Zeppelin – “lV”

3.   Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”

4.   Quiet Riot – “Metal Health”

5.   Venom – “Black Metal”

6.   Krokus – “Headhunter”

7.   Kiss – “Love Gun”

8.   Mercyful Fate – “Melissa”

9.   Rush – “Moving Pictures”

10. W.A.S.P. – “The Last Command”

11. Twisted Sister – “Under The Blade”

12. Twisted Sister – “Stay Hungy”

13. Accept – “Restless and Wild”

14. Alice Cooper – “Welcome To My Nightmare”

15. Ted Nugent – “Cat Scratch Fever”

I will continue on with the deliberations, I will keep all of you fellow Metalheads worldwide posted on this ongoing personal Metal journey towards the greatest Metal album of all time!

Greatest Metal album of all time – list #3!

Posted in Guitar, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, Rock, Scorpions, Slayer, Slipknot, Thrash Metal, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

9030425In continuing my personal search for the greatest Metal album of all time, I will now submit to the world, list #3! Here are 10 more solid choices, that I have personally chosen as nominees. Again, this is a delicate and important process for me, as a life long metalhead to be making such a personal choice of greatest Metal album ever. Agree or disagree, this journey for me making this decision is more fun than watching reruns of “Monster Quest – The Legend of the Lochness Monster.” Please refer to my prior “Greatest Metal Album of all time” articles for past nominees. (as always, the list here is in no particular order, nominees only)

1.   Def Leppard – “Pyromania”

2.   Motorhead – “Another Perfect Day”

3.   Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog”

4.   Judas Priest – “British Steel”

5.   Scorpions – “Blackout”

6.   W.A.S.P. – “Dying For The World”

7.   Slayer – “Show No Mercy”

8.   Slipknot – “The Subliminal Verses”

9.   Helloween – “Walls of Jericho”

10. Dio – “Holy Diver”

This series of articles will continue, as my quest for choosing the greatest Metal album of all time continues. Stay tuned.

Celebrating 26 years of W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal!

Posted in Album Review, Century Media, Heavy Metal, Metal, Metal Edge, Metal Reviews, Music, tattoos, Vocals, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

13560381Let’s go back to August of 1984. I was a senior in High School, having NOT the time of my life. Little did I know, that the debut album from W.A.S.P., aptly titled, “W.A.S.P.”, would be the beginning of one juggernaut of a Heavy Metal career for Blackie Lawless and his band! This initial offering from W.A.S.P. would become certifiable gold in the U.S.A., selling over 1 million copies of this historic vinyl worldwide! This debut gem would reach to #74 on the Billboard album chart. The original lineup for W.A.S.P. was Blackie Lawless (of course) on lead vocals and bass, Chris Holmes and Randy Piper on guitars and Tony Richards on drums. Drummer Steve Riley replaced Tony Richards shortly after the release of “W.A.S.P.”, and Blackie Lawless has never looked back since 1984.

For over 25 years, Blackie Lawless has assembled musicians to keep the W.A.S.P. band and brand of Heavy Metal as strong and powerful as any of his peer bands out there. Johnny Rod (from King Cobra fame), joined on with W.A.S.P. replacing guitarist Randy Piper, becoming the rhythm guitarist in time for the recording of “Inside The Electric Circus”. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot fame) would join on as drummer for the “Headless Children” album, and also remained on for the albums “The Crimson Idol” and “Still Not Black Enough”. Mike Duda on bass and drummer Stet Howland on drums are also members of the W.A.S.P. family, playing an undeniably incredible Heavy Metal rhythm section on albums “K.F.D.” and “Helldorado”. In my humble METAL opinion, K.F.D. is by far, the heaviest W.A.S.P. album ever created, both musically and lyrically. It is difficult for me NOT to continue this article stating my admiration for each and every one of the W.A.S.P. albums and each W.A.S.P. musician ever. My intent is to not write a complete history on the music and musicians of W.A.S.P., rather, I wanted to point out highlights of this band that has entertained and satisfied my hunger for great Heavy Metal over the years.

Blackie Lawless gets an enormous METAL THANK YOU from me for providing the world of Heavy Metal with 18 albums (which includes studio, live & greatest hits albums). Plus, Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P., like so many of their peers, have withstood the “test of time”, stood up to the PMRC and stayed the course carrying and waving the Heavy Metal flag of freedom! Despite what political side of the aisle any Metalhead may be standing, it is my opinion that Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. have engaged and broken down barriers with their lyrical content. W.A.S.P. has had their share of “good time party” songs over the years, yet there have been plenty of albums from W.A.S.P., (“The Crimson Idol, “Dominator”), that have made me think as well. 

For me, there has never been a better time to dig into the back catalog of W.A.S.P. albums. With all of the “crap” going on in the world today, (no explanation required for that remark), the muscular Heavy Metal music coupled with the “feel good” and “thought provoking” lyrics from Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. are all the escape this Metalhead needs to filter out the sensational junk & white noise from the 24 hour news networks. I have Blackie Lawless on my permanent list of Heavy Metal Hero’s, right alongside Dee Snider.

I also want to thank my “Best Heavy Metal Buddy” in the world for introducing me to W.A.S.P. so many years ago. To this day, we are still giddy about the music and lyrics that Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. have provided, it seems not a week goes by where we do not talk about this amazing Heavy Metal band. W.A.S.P. fans do not grow up, we persevere.

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