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Release date: 15 April 1989
Style: Heavy metal

Rating:

8.7 | 233 votes

Owners:

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26 want it


01. Heretic (The Lost Child)
02. The Real Me [The Who cover]
03. The Headless Children
04. Thunderhead
05. Mean Man
06. Neutron Bomber
07. Mephisto Waltz
08. Forever Free
09. Maneater
10. Rebel In The F.D.G.

Reissue bonus tracks:
11. Locomotive Breath [Jethro Tull cover]
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
13. Lake Of Fools
14. War Cry
15. L.O.V.E. Machine [Live at Hammersmith 1989]
16. Blind In Texas [Live at Hammersmith 1989]

Top 20 albums of 1989: 13
Top 200 albums of all time: 173

Review
Lyrics (14)

Guest review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
8.6
After "Inside The Electric Circus" was dismissed as "7th grader rock" by critics it forced Blackie Lawless to take some time off to rethink the direction of the band; out came a less raunchy, less vulgar and more thought provoking W.A.S.P.

The change the band made to this point was unbelievable; the partying and sexually explicit lyrics that what made people associate them with the glam metal scene of the 80's Sunset Strip were now gone, replaced with deeper, heavier and altogether more thoughtful lyrics. The lyrics were not the only aspect of the band that got heavier and deeper - the music itself got a lot more dynamic. The use of keyboards that were first used on one song on "Inside the Electric Circus" now found their way onto almost every song on this album in some form or another giving the music a jump start that pushed W.A.S.P. into full-blown metal. The guitar work itself doesn't get any more skillful but the compositions become really well put together. Blackie's voice reaches an intensity that had yet to be seen on any W.A.S.P. album to date, especially on songs like "Thunderhead" and "Rebel In the F.D.G." As previously stated, this pushes W.A.S.P. off the rock/metal fence into metal; the guitar riffs are a lot heavier, even the drums become more prominent, absolutely thundering in songs like "Mean Man" and "Neutron Bomber" (which almost has a power metal feel to it).

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Angelic Storm - 19.07.2010 at 03:31  
Rating: 10 This was the first W.A.S.P. album I heard, and it made me a huge fan of the band. However, I've been disappointed in every W.A.S.P. album I next heard after this one. Not because all their other albums have been bad, far from it in fact. (Although ''Inside The Electric Circus" and especially the dire ''Helldorado'' are bad albums) But because ''The Headless Children'' is definitely for me, the apex of W.A.S.P..

Faint traces of their glam days still remained, as in ''Forever Free'', and "Rebel In The F.D.G." But really, songs like the atmospheric, barbed opening onslaught of "The Heretic" and the creepy as hell title track obliterated their hair metal past like it never even existed! In fairness, W.A.S.P. always had a rawer edge to them than the other glam bands, (the light "Inside The Electric Circus" being the exception) and one of the main reasons for this, was because of the harsh vocals of Blackie Lawless. And they were never put to better use than on this monster of an album. xD From the bloody, nightmarish picture of drug abuse painted in "Thunderhead", to the crazed, hulking riffage of "Mean Man", (which also features some manic solos from guitarist Chris Holmes, and crushing drums) Blackie has never sounded better. And indeed, neither have W.A.S.P. lol

This has always been one of my all time fave metal albums, and it still sounds awesome today. Listening to the preceding album to this one, its almost impossible to conceive that it's the same band, but it is! IMO W.A.S.P.'s finest hour, even better than the classic ''The Crimson Idol" album. Id say this is the one W.A.S.P. album that is essential for every metal fan to own.
The Shape 1973 - 19.07.2010 at 19:45  
Rating: 8 This takes me back. The title track is epic. I had long hair then.
Marcel Hubregtse - 19.07.2010 at 22:38  
  Best WASP album by far.
Bad English - 12.01.2013 at 20:18  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 19.07.2010 at 03:31

This was the first W.A.S.P. album I heard, and it made me a huge fan of the band. However, I've been disappointed in every W.A.S.P. album I next heard after this one. Not because all their other albums have been bad, far from it in fact. (Although ''Inside The Electric Circus" and especially the dire ''Helldorado'' are bad albums) But because ''The Headless Children'' is definitely for me, the apex of W.A.S.P..

Faint traces of their glam days still remained, as in ''Forever Free'', and "Rebel In The F.D.G." But really, songs like the atmospheric, barbed opening onslaught of "The Heretic" and the creepy as hell title track obliterated their hair metal past like it never even existed! In fairness, W.A.S.P. always had a rawer edge to them than the other glam bands, (the light "Inside The Electric Circus" being the exception) and one of the main reasons for this, was because of the harsh vocals of Blackie Lawless. And they were never put to better use than on this monster of an album. xD From the bloody, nightmarish picture of drug abuse painted in "Thunderhead", to the crazed, hulking riffage of "Mean Man", (which also features some manic solos from guitarist Chris Holmes, and crushing drums) Blackie has never sounded better. And indeed, neither have W.A.S.P. lol

This has always been one of my all time fave metal albums, and it still sounds awesome today. Listening to the preceding album to this one, its almost impossible to conceive that it's the same band, but it is! IMO W.A.S.P.'s finest hour, even better than the classic ''The Crimson Idol" album. Id say this is the one W.A.S.P. album that is essential for every metal fan to own.


Mine was Dying For THe World
I just give a try to this one, I dont know why i dont like this album and why I say this is overated, maybe because somebody who's fav this was at my school days, well maybe because she is ehh who cares, but musicaly it is werry good, maybe some stupid complacks from the past I dont know, good album but not best IMO, good quality 80HM

I like those songs what you mentioned good songs
John Sandman - 05.02.2013 at 04:49  
Rating: 9 I'm listening to this record two times straight now... Absolutely excellent!
I enjoy some of their early stuff but this is just awesome!
Maco - 24.05.2013 at 04:32  
Rating: 9 OHHH THUUUUUUNDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER. that feeling to scream is awesome. Like this album
Lit. - 24.05.2013 at 19:22  
  Yep, definitely the best WASP album.

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