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Classic Album Review: W.A.S.P. | Dying For The World

The man who once sported a buzzsaw blade on his crotch weighs in on 9/11. Really.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The last guy you would expect — or perhaps want — to make a 9/11 album is W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless. But like it or not, the man who once sported a buzzsaw blade on his crotch has decided to get political.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Dying For The World contains neither the sombre rumination nor stirring memorials of The Rising. Rather, as Blackie so patriotically puts it in the liner notes, the point here is to give U.S. soldiers — and I quote — “a collection of songs to go kill people with.” Ahem. Judging by this CD, though, the Army better hope the enemy dies of boredom. Most of these 11 ponderous cuts are just standard-issue ’80s metal rockers, outfitted with Lawless’s trademark double-bass boogie-metal and weighted down with jingoist lyrical claptrap like, “My God will kill your god.” The only thing this made me want to kill was the volume on the stereo.