Rating: Part 1 55/100
Part 2 68/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, December ‘04
Label: Sanctuary Records
Style: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

The Neon God: Part 1 (The Rise) & Part 2 (The Demise)

15-20 years ago I was a big WASP fan. Their first album, “The Last Command”,” Inside The Electric Circus” and "The Headless Children” ... WOW ... great albums, but then I lost interest in WASP.

Albums like, “The Crimson Idol" and “Still Not Black Enough” were mediocre albums in my opinion. Now, WASP returns with yet another concept offering, this time with the story is based on a young orphaned boy, who discovers, that he has the ability to manipulate the minds of others.

However even after numerous listens I still find both albums a little bit boring. I want a lot of great riffs - here’s none. I want memorable choruses ... sorry, but I can’t find any on these albums. I hate the keyboard sound - I’m not the biggest fan of keyboards in Heavy metal anyway. Maybe it’s just me, but I really gave these two albums a lot of spins, but somehow I find them boring. Sorry!

WASP is still well crafted music nothing wrong here, but I’m disappointed. Maybe I want another “The Last Command” ? - I really don’t know??? If you are a hardcore WASP fan ... BUY!!!

The rest: - Listen before you buy!