One of their greatest albums
I have listened to Live..in the Raw for more than 20 yrs and thought that was it. I recently listened to this album again and re-discovered it, it is absolutely great, W.A.S.P. at their best. Great power metal with finer lyrics. Like other have said, just buy the whole album, all the songs are just masterpieces!
Can't believe I have waited 20 yrs before getting this again. The sound was maybe remastered because it sounds awesome, not like some albums from the '80s where the sound is... well, from the 80's.
My favorite song is the Neutron Bomber, to which I give a 11/10. All the other songs are 10/10. Just my opinion of course.
One that got a lot of play back in the day
Great album. W.A.S.P. fans will take note on the bonus tracks, the song For Whom The Bell Tolls became Gypsy and the Boy on Crimson Idol. Headless Children is simply bombastic from start to finish.
A metal album to return to again and again
By still like metal
I bought this album when it was first released. I seem to come back to it every year and give it a few more listens. The dueling guitar work on this album is phenomenal and Holmes departure ruined the sound after this album. My only complaint on this album has always been the really canned sound of the drums.... whoever decided to pan the high hat hard right on all the tracks needs a talking to... Other than that, great song construction, rocking riffs, great melody lines, and really great lead guitars. Worth buying for sure.
Buy This Album,NOW!
Highlights on this album:Mean Man,The Headless Children,Maneater....basically buy the whole album,its worth it
I was glad to find this CD available on iTunes. Not many stores carry this one. I too wore out the cassette tape I had of this one as it is one of my favorites. Forever Free and The Heretic are my favs. Give it a listen, who knows maybe you will like it too.
W.A.S.P.s best album. Without a doubt.
This Bands Only Good Album
but no one can disagree with me, this album is classic. The Heretic Is fuking amazing so is Thunderhead & The Headless Children. Lake of Fools is good also.
Their Led Zep IV
This is truly their greatest album. All winning elements are here:
A cover ahead of its time ("get Saddam!")
No stupid leather or blood outfits
Great song selection (Real Me!)
Frankie on the drumms (ie cannons)
It was a change from the usual Big Hair Metal of the 80's. Forever Free is definatly their Stairway to Heaven, hence the Zep reference. Buy it.
I have to agree with Idiot, The Headless Children is Wasp's greatest song. I am not a big heavy metal fan, but I played The Headless Children so many times I wore out my cassette. It's the words of the song that got my attention.
Not Glam. More Power Metal than anything else
Truth be told, I never thought WASP was glam musically. They just got lumped in there because of their "big hair" look. If Blackie and co. had more of skinhead image (folically speaking of course), nobody would have compared them to Ratt or Poison. But I digress.
This is easily the best WASP album of the first four, Blackie has for the most part abondoned the sex, torture and Rock N Roll, and has taken on more serious subjects lyrically, although that unholy trinity is still present in a couple of songs (Mean Man, Rebel in The FDG).
The song that everyone must hear off of this album is the opener, The Heretic. The iTunes review calls it an epic, but I think it's just more of a long speed metal song. Anyways, the song has a catchy chorus and probably the greatest lead break ever somewhere in the third minute of the song.
If you dig classic Maiden and Priest, you'll like this.