With all the Christian references W.A.S.P. have been doing lately, maybe
they are "White Anglo Saxon Protestant" after all? Rock
style life, touring, groupies and all that - W.A.S.P are getting old and trying
to repent for something done in the past? After all, "god"
loves the prodigal son more than the one who never
sinned, right? What a comforting thought. Russian Mafia members wearing crosses
and giving donations to their church seem to think the same way too.
Apart from this, quite a good album. W.A.S.P. doing
what W.A.S.P. do, and not giving a damn (oops, sorry...). The tone is set right
from the beginning, with galloping drum rhythms, glowing, ecstatic guitar
sound, professional solo guitar fillers, and "the" voice: Blackie
Lawless sounds as emotional and poignant as ever, singing every word as he
means it, and he sure knows how to write a catchy vocal line.
There is a slight storytelling fee to Golgotha, and after listening
to it in its entirety - as laid back and standard as it seems - it just feels
complete: you want a rock sing-along stadium anthem, Golgotha has them;
you want a power ballad - "Miss You" will get stuck in your head
almost as well as "Forever Free" did many years ago; You want
surprises - you will get a few, and they're cleverly placed so that you will
definitely notice and remember them. That's style! As safe as Golgotha is, it
is an album well done. Relax, Blackie, you're not going to hell. No one is.
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