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                        W.A.S.P.    1985   Capitol

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                                                     W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.

The group's self-titled debut shows W.A.S.P. and their Rock N' Roll meets Blues meets Metal formula that took them straight to success. Both "I Wanna Be Somebody" and "Love Machine" are prime examples of rocking early 80s party anthems. "Sleeping in the Fire" marks a more mature approach with accoustic sections and slower, more heart warm vocals. "Hellion" is one of the shorter, more faster tracks, containing some sharp riffs from axe man Chris Holmes, accompanied by the thick, soaring chorus by Lawless.
Blackie's vocals are much more refined here than modern-day W.A.S.P.--smooth, but not quite as raspy. The aforementioned tracks make this album a worthwhile listen from a band thats held a pretty decent following for sixteen years now. Fans of Hard Rocking 80s Metal may love this. W.A.S.P.'s better days, however, are still to come.

1. I Wanna Be Somebody                             6. Hellion
2. L.O.V.E. Machine                                   7. Sleeping in the Fire
3. The Flame                                           8. On Your Knees
4. B.A.D.                                               9. Tormentor
5. School Days                                               10. The Torture Never Stops

Reviewed by Sam