Neon God: part 1 (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: W.a.s.p.

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W.A.S.P. The name is legend, having become associated with such controversial and mind numbing releases as The Headless Children, The Crimson Idol, K.F.D., Unholy Terror, and the notorious self-titled debut.

The band evolves further with The Neon God: Part One -- The Rise, a conceptual rock opera that explores the tragedy and consequences of one boy's search for acceptance and purpose in his existence.

Opening with the line, "Oh tell me my lord, why am I here?" The Neon God delves into such deeply emotional (and personal) inquiries, such as where does one fit into the great cosmic enigma? How does love fit into the equation? Should I use my gifts and talents for good or for evil? These are the primary thoughts all people have regarding their existence at one time or another. When addressed by a youth and coupled with an extreme dose of fear, a lethal combination develops.

Part One -- The Rise tells the story of an abused and orphaned boy who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. By utilizing his gifts, he is able to build a following whose devotion and allegiance create a loyalty so intense that he is poised to become a dark Messiah for the 21st Century.

Over the years, W.A.S.P. have created some of the most controversial and thought-provoking records in the history of metal. The Neon God is a labor of love for the band, an album that Blackie Lawless has talked about making for years. The Neon God is the next evolution in the musical beast that is W.A.S.P.


Label Sanctuary Records Group
SKU 60630477
UPC 060768524026
UPC 14 00060768524026
Format CD
Release Date 4/20/2004
Author W.a.s.p.
Technical Info
Producer Bill Metoyer; Blackie Lawless
CatalogID 85240
Lable Name Metal-Is
Released 01/01/2006
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00060768524026
Album Notes and Credits
W.A.S.P.: Blackie Lawless (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums); Darrell Roberts (vocals, guitar, drums); Mike Duda (vocals, bass); Frankie Banalli (drums, percussion); Stet Howland (drums).
Personnel: Blackie Lawless (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); Mike Duda (vocals); Frankie Banali (drums, percussion); Stet Howland (drums).
W.A.S.P. mastermind Blackie Lawless has one of the most distinctive set of pipes in heavy metal. The primal scream that graced earlier recordings like Headless Children and Last Command has grown into a powerful, guttural wail on the first installment of his conceptual Neon God project. The storyline concerns an abused telepathic orphan who uses his powers to attract a legion of followers. Heavy metal's obsession with narrative albums about "dark messiahs" is as old as the leathery prophets themselves, resulting in ventures that often succeed despite their simplistic aims -- Queensr?che's Operation: Mindcrime, Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, etc. Neon God, Pt. 1 succeeds primarily through Lawless' passionate delivery, as the lyrics do little to convey the story -- the written version that appears in the liner notes, however, is surprisingly complex and involving. Musically, the group has changed little since its heydays, relying on standard three-chord motifs that occasionally veer off into a guitar solo, but it's this decidedly unpretentious approach to a pretentious subgenre of rock that makes the whole thing palatable. The quiet acoustic interludes are never too long, and flow seamlessly into anthemic rockers like "Sister Sadie" and "The Red Room of the Rising Sun" -- the latter is a rare, melodic, psychedelic moment for the band that includes a nod to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" -- but they fail to generate much emotion. It's only on the finale, the surging "Raging Sun," that the weight of the protagonist's cross is felt, and within a chorus reminiscent of the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me," the listener feels it as well. ~ James Christopher Monger
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Why Am I Here
3 Wishing Well
4 Sister Sadie (And The Black Habits)
5 Rise, The
6 Why Am I Nothing
7 Asylum #9
8 Red Room Of The Rising Sun
9 What I'll Never Find
10 Someone To Love Me (All I Need)
11 X.T.C. Riders
12 Me & The Devil
13 Running Man, The
14 Raging Storm, The
Product Attributes
Artist W.a.s.p.
Music Format Compact Disc

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