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Two For One - 70%

OzzyApu, June 7th, 2010

Sister, Killer Kane, and Circus Circus were the bands Blackie was singing in before creating W.A.S.P., and all of them would contribute to Blackie’s later success in some way. Much of the songs recorded and played during Blackie’s time in these three bands would make it onto W.A.S.P. albums with a little or a lot of changes, so that just lets you know how much history some of these songs have.

Production fluctuates for all of these tracks, with some the Killer Kane tracks being the louder of the bunch. “Mr. Cool” is the Killer Kane version, even though it was recorded for Circus Circus as well. This Killer Kane version features twangy guitars that only add to the vintage hard rock tone, and Blackie reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath as if he was possessed. The vibe of the track fits for early Sabbath anyway, with Blackie doing mostly cleans instead of his grainy yelling. The bass and drums aren’t as prominent, but they still contribute to the grubby, rural atmosphere – pretty creepy stuff.

“Long Haired Woman” has the same hard rock country vibe as the Killer Kane version of “Mr. Cool,” but it’s more optimistic and rocking with that highway-warrior attitude. The bass sort of mumbles with grumbles and the drums always keep the same consistent pace with quiet snare and hat hits; the music is very vocal and guitar oriented, with Blackie’s vocals at the front. “80s Ladies” and “Sweet Dreams” are quieter, but a little more proper when it comes to equal mixing; however, it’s still Blackie and the guitars playing the major role. The drums on these Sister tracks sound like toothpicks hitting dog bones compared to the Killer Kane tracks, though.

If you’re lucky enough to hear “I Don’t Need You,” then enjoy every bit of it – even if it sucks. I can’t find it, so it’s lost somewhere in the far reaches of the heavy metal netherworld. As for this demo, it was Blackie tying his previous projects together to jumpstart W.A.S.P.’s career. He had the members, but not the songs, which wouldn’t come until the next demo, Face The Attack - that is when we truly see Blackie taking W.A.S.P. somewhere.