Blackie Lawless is back with a vengeance! Ever
since he delivered the album, which he always will be judged by in
'The Crimson Idol' he has really been testing the patience of his
fans with some very strange sounding albums like 'Kill Fuck Die' or
'Helldorado' and some plain and simple awful albums like 'The Sting'
and 'Holy Terror', but managed to make up some ground with his last
effort; the double-header 'The Neon God'.
Returning to old virtues, this is still
unmistakably W.A.S.P. and this is the first album from the
Blackie & co. in a very long time that makes fun to listen to from
start to finish. But make no mistake this is no new 'The Headless
Children' or 'The Crimson Idol' - and if you like me have been
following W.A.S.P. since the early days, then I am sure
you'll enjoy the trip as much as I do...
The album has some of the strongest song from
W.A.S.P. in a very long time in: "Long, Long Way to Go",
"Heaven's Hung in Black" and "Deal with the Devil", so take a listen
to this fine piece of R 'n' R.
Kenn, May 16th 2007
Surprise, surprise Blacky Lawless and Co is having fun again. In
2007, Blackie has been around with his band for over twenty three
years now, and however bumpy his ride has been, he has lost none of
his charm. So Dominator is a new album, what do we get? Well no
surprises but a little more maturity, better production values, a
couple of superb stand out tracks that could easily be Dio era
Sabbath and some filler.
Kicking off with a straightforward rocker in "Mercy", the album
keeps gaining momentum song after song. "Long, Long Way to Go"
starts with a simple riff that holds Blackie's tremendously melodic
vocal refrains throughout its course, enhanced with a great solo
half way through. "Take Me Up" builds slowly into a brooding melody,
and "The Burning Man" takes the listener back quite a few years.
Now, Blackie sounds great as usual. His voice never seems to lose
its edge, and I gotta hand that to him. Where most others become
softer and weaker over the years, he still manages to maintain that
nasty edge that has become his trademark.
it is the centrepiece of the album that offers the biggest surprise.
"Heaven's Hung in Black" is probably the best ballad that this band
has ever written, and one of the best rock ballads you probably have
However exaggerated this sounds, it's true. The song deals with the
thoughts of an injured and dying soldier, and it is emotionally,
lyrically and musically very powerful. It is also structured in such
a way that keeps the audience fully immersed something that is not
easy for a seven minute long ballad. This is due in no small part to
Doug Blair's amazing riffing, which continually changes in the
course of the song and offers plenty to keep you coming back again
rest of the album is not quite as interesting as the first half, but
it can still stand proudly. The quality of the first half is so high
that from a point on it really doesn't matter what the last few
songs sound like. The closing track encapsulates perfectly what WASP
do best, quality riff, great chorus and neat solo building to a
tight and fast paced finish. Great track, more of those please.
in all, Dominator is an album any artist would be proud of, let
alone one that has nothing else to prove. It is supremely melodic,
well executed and concise, has one of the best ballads ever written,
and it also has something most other bands don't: a fucking awesome
guess what bothers me the most about this record is the thought of
how good it could have been, had they managed to emphasize the more
interesting bits, and skimmed away the obvious filler material. But
I guess this is what it has come to over the years, even though it's
hard to accept for a long term fan.