Release Date: 2 October 2015
Review by Cameron Cooper
No matter how low your tuning, how deep your growls or how twisted your album covers, you’ll never be as brutal as Blackie Lawless’ buzz-saw codpiece. With bone-white skin and pitch-black hair, the OG madman of rock was twice as heavy as Alice Cooper and ten times as insane as KISS. While his peers may have turned to country rock and reality TV, Lawless hasn’t budged a blood-soaked inch. The W.A.S.P. of 2015 is the same gore-spewing machine that gave us The Last Command and The Headless Children. Golgotha is the embodiment of all things fiery and furious about heavy metal.
Mike Dupke’s relentless drumming catapults the band through their faster moments, cementing Shotgun in the canon of W.A.S.P. anthems. But the band truly shine when channelling their more progressive side, the record boasting three lengthy epics in Miss You, Slaves Of The New World Order and the sublime Golgotha. Lawless’ song writing screams with the passion of his younger self, coupled with the wisdom of age.