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This is foolish... - 75%

Snxke, June 3rd, 2004

Blackie Lawless is once again making cheeseball music that only Blackie Lawless wants to hear..

If this concept and story were put to a movie, it would be laughed at as cliche ridden and without merit. Since it's a concept album, it's bound to be called "brilliant". Sadly, neither is the case as the terrible concept is almost bolstered by a few fist-banging songs provided by the W.A.S.P. machine. Keeping this in mind, I will give Blackie some credit for attempting to produce a well crafted mix of heft and hook that almost remind us of what a good band W.A.S.P. once was.

Sadly, the goofy concept, the mind-boggling ballads and the overall pretensious feel of the record make this a passable, yet laughable rockstar effort from a band that has been sludging on well past their prime. Good, but not great, interesting at times, but mostly silly and incoherant.

This is a record for those of you have think that the bloated "Operation Suckcrime" style storylines have any place in metal. The names of the characters, the pomp and bombast and the overall feel only work when I am int he dumbest of moods...thankfully...after a long day of work I sometimes forget that I have a brain and this record delivers...or not.

If you're a W.A.S.P. fanatic buy it...if not...get the debut and forget that this was ever slogged out to the public as a W.A.S.P. (aka Blackie Lawless solo) project.