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W.A.S.P. (aka "Watch As Sinners Play") were part of the horror-shock, or gothic glam metal, scene of Los Angeles. Formed by New York Dolls' drummer Blackie Lawless (now on bass and vocals) and guitarist Chris Holmes. Their debut single, Animal (1984), was a premonition of their entire career: lots of scandal, but little substance. The songs on WASP (Capitol, 1984) were not musical events but lewd acts. Wild Child, from The Last Command (1985), and 95 Nasty, from Inside The Electric Circus (1986) had already lost much of the early bite, and The Headless Children (1989) showed a band with no direction. Holmes quit, and the WASP embarrassed themselves further on Crimson Idol (1992).

Rock And Roll To Death was the late anthem from Still Not Black Enough (Castle, 1996), a solid (if not original) work. Killfuckdie (Castle, 1997) marked the return of Holmes to the ranks.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Stefano Pertile

W.A.S.P. – Gli W.A.S.P. (Watch As Sinners Play) furono parte della scena horror-shock-metal-gothic-glam di Los Angeles. Furono formati dal batterista dei New York Dolls Blackie Lawless (ora al basso ed alla voce) e dal chitarrista Chris Holmes. Il loro singolo di debutto Animal (1984), fu un preannuncio della loro intera carriera: abbondanza di scandali, ma poca sostanza. Le canzoni su WASP (Capitol, 1984) non erano eventi musicali ma atti libidinosi. Wild Child, da The Last Command (1985), e 95 Nasty, da Inside The Electric Circus (1986) avevano già perduto il mordente di prima, e The Headless Children (1989) mostrava una band senza direzione. Holmes lasciò il gruppo, e gli WASP continuarono ad imbarazzare sé stessi nell’album Crimson Idol (1992).

Rock And Roll To Death fu un tardo inno da Still Not Black Enough (Castle, 1996), un lavoro solido (se non originale). Killfuckdie (Castle, 1997) segna il ritorno di Holmes nelle loro fila.

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