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Release date: 17 August 1984
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) [reissue bonus]
02. I Wanna Be Somebody
03. L.O.V.E. Machine
04. Flame
05. B.A.D.
06. School Daze
07. Hellion
08. Sleeping (In The Fire)
09. On Your Knees
10. Tormentor
11. Torture Never Stops
12. Show No Mercy [reissue bonus]
13. Paint It Black [Rolling Stones cover] [reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1984: 9

Review
Lyrics (10)

Guest review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
8.8
When using the phrase "humble beginnings", people were obviously not referring to W.A.S.P., as this album is often referred to as the band at their best.

The term 'Glam Metal' is most suited towards a band like W.A.S.P. Unlike many of the so called 'Glam Metal' bands of the 80's, W.A.S.P. were actually Glam but still kept a Heavy Metal sound. Most people own the newest version of the album, including the previously banned track 'Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)', an obviously raunchy track that is said to be the cause of Tipper Gores starting up the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). The original version of the album on the other hand kicks off with the track 'I Wanna Be Somebody', with a quick snare roll the song breaks in with barely the presence of an intro, immediately pulling you into one hell of an energetic metal anthem. Not a bad way to kick off a career. With little chance to catch your breath thundering drums kick in for a slightly darker, more sinister sounding song entitled 'L.O.V.E. Machine' (watch the music video to fully get the dark sinister feeling behind this song). The energy only slows down once, with a very emotionally intense ballad: 'Sleeping In The Fire'. Normally I'm not a fan of ballads, but Blackie has got such a great range the feeling of this song comes through with incredible power.

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SATANSCHAMBER666 - 21.03.2010 at 22:20  
  This is an awesome W.A.S.P. album my favorite by them
Angelic Storm - 22.03.2010 at 02:16  
Rating: 8 This album is just stopped from being a total classic, by 2 or 3 mundane tracks round about the half way point. The first three songs are classic though, and songs like ''Hellion'' and ''The Torture Never Stops" were far more menacing than anything fellow glam bands were putting out. Not quite as classic or as consistent as some of their later albums, but it's definitely a mostly great debut.
Valentin B - 26.05.2010 at 19:15  
  I fucking love how, so far, the only band that can write lyrics on almost every subject without them sounding cheesy at all, perfect example being the BRILLIANT first two tracks. also, instrumentation is absolutely brilliant, glorious 80s metal.
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 22:19  
  Savage album!
musicalkaratekid - 13.04.2012 at 02:17  
Rating: 9 Such a great album to kickstart the career of one of the best heavy metal bands ever, the band's self-titled debut starts off aggressively and disturbingly enough with 'Animal...' and never lets up for the next 40 odd minutes with its power and metallic madness. 'Sleeping in the fire' offers melody, but even then it gives you the feeling that it will explode at some point, and sure enough it does, with one of the album's highlighted solos. Definitely my favourite WASP album, if only because it shows them as a promising young band that wouldn't stop being successful to this day.
Cüca Beludo - 01.08.2012 at 05:22  
  The rolling stones cover wasn't good
Lit. - 17.12.2012 at 07:49  
 
Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good

Are you kidding? Blackie's voice just kills it on that song, and that solo is sweet.
Cuca Beludo - 18.12.2012 at 19:08  
 
Written by Lit. on 17.12.2012 at 07:49

Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good

Are you kidding? Blackie's voice just kills it on that song, and that solo is sweet.


The solo can be good, but his voice just kills the rest of the song.
Bad English - 04.01.2013 at 23:10  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good


better how orgininal version
Cuca Beludo - 06.01.2013 at 16:27  
 
Written by Bad English on 04.01.2013 at 23:10

Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good


better how orgininal version


Hm... the original version of the song is godz, perhaps my fav RS song.
JohnDoe - 06.01.2013 at 18:15  
 
Written by Bad English on 04.01.2013 at 23:10

Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good


better how orgininal version


better THAN the original you say? ROFLMAO
Bad English - 06.01.2013 at 18:18  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 06.01.2013 at 16:27

Written by Bad English on 04.01.2013 at 23:10

Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good


better how orgininal version


Hm... the original version of the song is godz, perhaps my fav RS song.


yes it is good but still I prefere WASP its underated, never have been so much on media
Bad English - 06.01.2013 at 18:19  
Rating: 6
Written by JohnDoe on 06.01.2013 at 18:15

Written by Bad English on 04.01.2013 at 23:10

Written by Guest on 01.08.2012 at 05:22

The rolling stones cover wasn't good


better how orgininal version


better THAN the original you say? ROFLMAO


its liytheral translation from latvian to english, seems I have this mistace and will have rest of my life
JohnDoe - 06.01.2013 at 18:35  
 
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better how orgininal version


better THAN the original you say? ROFLMAO


its liytheral translation from latvian to english, seems I have this mistace and will have rest of my life


I was also saying that stating that the WASP cover is better than the original was just laughable.
Mountain King - 25.02.2013 at 21:45  
  Sleeping In The Fire is the great song, other than that the album is average. The Last Command and Headless Children kick ass...
Lord_Regnier - 27.02.2013 at 00:47  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 22.03.2010 at 02:16

songs like ''Hellion'' and ''The Torture Never Stops" were far more menacing than anything fellow glam bands were putting out.


That's why I don't label WASP as glam. Several of their songs are more menacing, heavier, more aggressive than anything glam bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, etc ever pulled out. WASP had the glam look in the 80s but their music was more metal than any glam band. To tell it true, I don't consider any glam band as metal but I would label WASP as metal.
Also, I dislike glam as a whole, while I like many WASP songs.
Metropolis_Dream - 02.04.2013 at 22:51  
  Fantastic debut album, probably their best one. Every song is a hit, especially "I Wanna Be Somebody and "On Your Knees".
Angelic Storm - 02.04.2013 at 23:50  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord_Regnier on 27.02.2013 at 00:47
That's why I don't label WASP as glam. Several of their songs are more menacing, heavier, more aggressive than anything glam bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, etc ever pulled out. WASP had the glam look in the 80s but their music was more metal than any glam band. To tell it true, I don't consider any glam band as metal but I would label WASP as metal.
Also, I dislike glam as a whole, while I like many WASP songs.


Although WASP were lumped in with all the other bands in the LA glam scene of the 80's, they were always an anamoly within that scene. Their look, combined with the fact that some of their songs were more in a hard rock vein, ensured that they were slapped with the "glam" label. However, some of their music was also clearly metal, and much harsher than the other glam bands within the scene. To me, WASP were always a metal band with glam elements, as opposed to being the other way around. Although "Inside The Electric Circus" is to all intents and purposes, a glam album (and incidentally, easily the worst of their 80's albums). It is also true, that none of the glam bands were actually metal at all, whilst WASP most definitely were. So whilst W.A.S.P. were labelled as an LA glam band at the time, I think that classification was misleading, and mostly a falsehood.
Lord_Regnier - 03.04.2013 at 01:04  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.04.2013 at 23:50

Written by Lord_Regnier on 27.02.2013 at 00:47
That's why I don't label WASP as glam. Several of their songs are more menacing, heavier, more aggressive than anything glam bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, etc ever pulled out. WASP had the glam look in the 80s but their music was more metal than any glam band. To tell it true, I don't consider any glam band as metal but I would label WASP as metal.
Also, I dislike glam as a whole, while I like many WASP songs.


Although WASP were lumped in with all the other bands in the LA glam scene of the 80's, they were always an anamoly within that scene. Their look, combined with the fact that some of their songs were more in a hard rock vein, ensured that they were slapped with the "glam" label. However, some of their music was also clearly metal, and much harsher than the other glam bands within the scene. To me, WASP were always a metal band with glam elements, as opposed to being the other way around. Although "Inside The Electric Circus" is to all intents and purposes, a glam album (and incidentally, easily the worst of their 80's albums). It is also true, that none of the glam bands were actually metal at all, whilst WASP most definitely were. So whilst W.A.S.P. were labelled as an LA glam band at the time, I think that classification was misleading, and mostly a falsehood.


All I can say is I agree on everything.
Maco - 20.04.2013 at 00:47  
  Gotta love animal.
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 05:26  
Rating: 9 Superb album indeed.

And Animal is a great song.

How could you not love these lyrics:

"I got pictures of naked ladies
Lying on their beds
I whiff that smell and sweet convulsion
Starts a-Swelling inside my head
I'm making artificial lovers for free "

Sleaze at it's very best!
lord artan - 12.05.2014 at 15:20  
Rating: 10 I Wanna Be Somebody is awesome....

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