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W.A.S.P - 2009 Babylon

ALBUM: Babylon
LABEL: Demolition Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Blackie Lawless - vocals, guitars * Doug Blair - lead guitar * Mike Duda - bass * Mike Dupke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crazy * 02 Live To Die Another Day * 03 Babylon's Burning * 04 Burn (cover) * 05 Into The Fire * 06 Thunder Red * 07 Seas Of Fire * 08 Godless Run * 09 Promised Land (cover)



It's been a prolific decade for Lawless and his band, 'Babylon' marking their sixth studio effort of the decade at a time most veteran acts struggle to release two or three. Sadly for Lawless most of the bands 00's output has been forgotten, despite some worthwhile albums, 2007's 'Dominator' right up there. Lawless ever the fan of the concept album, has tried again here, with the album revolving around the four horsemen of the apocalypse, witness the album cover. What the concept is supposed to mean I'm not sure, but as is mostly the case the music does the talking, and there is enough here to help forget the storyline that supposedly exists. Sort of like 'The Crimson Idol' and 'The Neon God 1+2'.

The Songs
25 years since the classic debut and Lawless is still playing with the vitality of that era, clearly represented in the classic metal on display, especially on 'Sea of Fire' which sounds as if it was coaxed from 'The Last Command'. This one really turns back the time and the heaviness is as potent as ever. The melodic strains of 'Crazy' are very impressive, showing a commercial appeal that served them well in 1989, but not now of course. It's impossible to shake the notion this album was recorded in the 80's, especially when listening to 'Babylon's Burning', with some galloping riffs showing the power of the current lineup and some storming guitar solos. The cover of Deep Purple's 'Burn' is listenable, yet somehow unnecessary, quite like Chuck Berry's cover 'Promised Land'. Instead it's the epic metal overload of 'Into the Fire' and 'Thunder Red' which have lasting power, pushing this into the category of one of the years best albums. Not bad in a year which could have been 1989 judging by the names who have put new material out.

In Summary
With only seven new W.A.S.P. originals you could blame Lawless for spreading it thin, but because the new music is clearly superior it barely matters. Sometimes it is refreshing to see an album that doesn't have 15 tracks. For W.A.S.P. fans this is exactly what they wanted I'm sure. The trademark sound is so firmly in place even I was shocked. Nothings toned down either, rampant heavy metal and Blackie, on this form - has another 20 years left in him easily.

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#1 | MUSCLE on October 12 2009 15:15:53
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#2 | gdazegod on October 13 2009 00:52:53
Alun, you were saying that you weren't quite sure what the concept was. My guess is, it's to do with a number of things around global warming, climate change, impending power struggles between east and west (refer Israel, USA, Iran, Russia), the divide between spirituality and moral indecency.. no doubt I am just scraping the top of the iceberg here. Babylon I am also guessing.. refers to the USA.
#3 | dangerzone on October 13 2009 04:39:10
You're probably right about all of them George. I know it's all impending doom and gloom in theory but you wouldn't know it in the music.
#4 | george_the_jack on October 16 2009 15:35:42
The 'Burn' version is explosive! Great cover!
#5 | gdazegod on September 08 2013 07:33:05
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