W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol


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Release date: 1992
Style: Heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Titanic Overture
02. Invisible Boy
03. Arena Of Pleasure
04. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)
05. Gypsy Meets The Boy
06. Doctor Rockter
07. I Am One
08. The Idol
09. Hold On To My Heart
10. The Great Misconceptions Of Me
11. The Story Of Jonathon [limited edition bonus]

Disc II [limited edition]
01. Phantoms In The Mirror
02. The Eulogy
03. When The Levee Breaks [Led Zeppelin cover]
04. The Idol [acoustic version] [live]
05. Hold On To My Heart [acoustic version] [live]
06. I Am The One [Live at Donnington 1992]
07. Wild Child [Live at Donnington 1992]
08. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue) [Live at Donnington 1992]
09. I Wanna Be Somebody [Live at Donnington 1992]
10. The Invisible Boy [Live at Donnington 1992]
11. The Real Me [Live at Donnington 1992]
12. The Great Misconceptions Of Me [Live at Donnington 1992]

Top 20 albums of 1992: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 50

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Rating:
10
Generally regarded to be W.A.S.P.'s finest work, "The Crimson Idol" is a conceptual rock opera by a musician who once celebrated sex, drugs and hedonism like few others out of the L.A. glam scene. "The Crimson Idol" is not merely about style and appearance as often accused, for drama and theatrics belie surprisingly ambitious and unique compositions. A major difference to most metal concept albums, though quite common among operas, rock or no, is the album's use of leitmotifs. For instance, the famous extract "love to shelter me" represents the protagonist's recurring desire for his parent's acceptance. The leitmotifs do not, however, take up more space then necessary as all of the songs, save perhaps for the introducing medley of seIected "Idol" riffs amply named "The Titanic Overture", work quite well on their own.

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published 11.04.2009 | Comments (17)

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04.03.2012 - 22:19
Rating: 5
Korah

Posts: 327
From: France

How to tell...not their best at all.
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08.10.2012 - 23:16
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Written by Korah on 04.03.2012 at 22:19

How to tell...not their best at all.

4??? BBUUHHWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH??????
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27.11.2012 - 04:32
Rating: 9
Maco

Posts: 1384
From: Peru

W.A.S.P on its high
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23.12.2012 - 22:44
Rating: 10
bblitz

Posts: 202
From: Croatia
The best album ever recorded,I love it I cannot desribe it in words.
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04.01.2013 - 15:04
megadeath13
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Definitely their best! Every single song is great.
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04.01.2013 - 15:06
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious

Posts: 6675
From: UK

This is a great album, though for me, The Headless Children is the best W.A.S.P. album.
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06.01.2013 - 15:00
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Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

Written by Angelic Storm on 04.01.2013 at 15:06

This is a great album, though for me, The Headless Children is the best W.A.S.P. album.


For me its Dying For The World
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17.01.2013 - 01:42
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Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

Gtear great epic album in all seems band work werry hard , looks concept to me(maybe it is and some in this site from Ned will laught about me agan)
a masterpiece whyle other 80's star bands in early 90's wrote weekest from trhe goo album, wasp wrote one masterpiece and carry on till .... rest are awesome, of corse weeker, but for that time and media , specely how media changed, this and other wasp are awesome, this is killer
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16.02.2013 - 06:38
Lit.
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Blackie's voice is just gold on this album. First time I heard him go "IIIII'MMMMM THE CRIMSON KING!" on I Am One, I got massive chills.
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17.02.2013 - 05:31
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave

Posts: 1463
From: USA

Written by Guest on 16.02.2013 at 06:38

Blackie's voice is just gold on this album. First time I heard him go "IIIII'MMMMM THE CRIMSON KING!" on I Am One, I got massive chills.

yes and yes
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13.05.2013 - 18:24
Rating: 10
Dzidziafon

Posts: 23
From: Poland
Masterpiece. I dont understand why W.A.S.P. dont even close in other realeses.
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12.01.2014 - 12:08
Rating: 10
_deepblack

Posts: 210
From: Iran

One the greatest conceptual albums of all time and their greatest hit the tracks Crimson Idol and The Great Misconceptions Of Me and Titanic Overture are just perfect
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20.02.2015 - 16:13
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Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

Written by deadone on 17.04.2014 at 05:46

It's not bad but I prefer their sleazy earlier stuff.


disagree its epic , most epic wasp album ever,
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19.04.2015 - 12:52
Rating: 10
me<3mertl

Posts: 136
From: Romania

Can't resist,I'll give it a 10! One of the best heavy metal albums I've heard in a long time!
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09.05.2015 - 12:49
Rating: 10
lord artan

Posts: 292
From: Iran

Omfg....i just listen to this song again after many years.....i just cry....this is masterpiece
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06.07.2015 - 15:51
Rating: 10
robpal
Proglord

Posts: 133
From: France
What a masterpiece. Same level as Operation: Mindcrime. Amazing stuff.
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26.07.2015 - 19:57
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Masterchief

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From: Sweden

Written by robpal on 06.07.2015 at 15:51

What a masterpiece. Same level as Operation: Mindcrime. Amazing stuff.


how can you compere those 2, this is much higher level and band still stand shigh and walks tall... Que .. where are they, new song in both bands are weak and boring, this , simply cant disappoint, it would be high whit out MTV, but Que ... are because MTV so high ... gosh, this is million time bet:banger:ter
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12.09.2015 - 14:56
Rating: 10
Warman
Erotic Stains

Posts: 7673
From: Sweden

Written by Bad English on 26.07.2015 at 19:57

how can you compere those 2

Because they're both classic concept albums from two classic metal bands. "The Crimson Idol" is a masterpiece, but in my opinion not as fucking great as "Operation: Mindcrime".
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12.09.2015 - 15:46
Marcel Hubregtse
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From: The Netherlands

Written by Bad English on 26.07.2015 at 19:57

Written by robpal on 06.07.2015 at 15:51

What a masterpiece. Same level as Operation: Mindcrime. Amazing stuff.


how can you compere those 2, this is much higher level and band still stand shigh and walks tall... Que .. where are they, new song in both bands are weak and boring, this , simply cant disappoint, it would be high whit out MTV, but Que ... are because MTV so high ... gosh, this is million time bet:banger:ter



It is easy to compare the two since they are both concepts albums and tbh Operation Mindcrime is superior in every single aspect (lyrically, musically etc.) He;;, The Crimsopn Idol's concept was already done a year earlier and lots better (musically, lyrically, etc.) by Savatage on Streets.

The Crimson Idol doesn't even hold a candle to WASP's own album The Headless Children and tbh that is WASP's ONLY good album.
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12.09.2015 - 18:31
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Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

Jacob - I disagree about it, even both are great, but to me WASP is much better

Marcel - how many wasp you have heard? sounds like my school days, dude has 3 wasp albums, never have heard THC and says because other says that's best
To me its not so good, even I don't think 1-2 are super great ever, this one and DFW are much better, rare band what can write good albums (even latest on was decend, but weak)
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12.09.2015 - 18:54
Rating: 10
musclassia

Posts: 749
From: UK

The Crimson Idol is far better than the dull Streets by Savatage.

It relies too much on leitmotifs but is consistently exciting and brimming with emotion throughout, and Chainsaw Charlie is probably the best song they ever did - certainly, despite The Headless Children being a strong album, TCI is easily the best thing the band ever did.
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12.09.2015 - 21:58
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Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

Written by musclassia on 12.09.2015 at 18:54

The Crimson Idol is far better than the dull Streets by Savatage.

It relies too much on leitmotifs but is consistently exciting and brimming with emotion throughout, and Chainsaw Charlie is probably the best song they ever did - certainly, despite The Headless Children being a strong album, TCI is easily the best thing the band ever did.


yes and I like lyrics My name is Charlie Cock sucking asshole that's how they call me
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04.01.2016 - 11:36
Rating: 10
Lord Pisi Pisi

Posts: 8
From: Turkey

Best of WASP 10/10
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24.01.2016 - 07:02
Lord_Regnier

Posts: 1469
From: Canada

By far the best WASP album.
Funny, as it started as a solo project from Blackie Lawless and not a WASP album.
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14.05.2016 - 19:03
Rating: 7
TrueMetalJope

Posts: 1284
From: Finland

Generally speaking an over rated band, but as I see it, this album is a bit better than an average WASP album. If only they would leave those slow songs out, that all sound almost exactly the same...
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17.10.2016 - 05:40
Rating: 6
Timelord

Posts: 230
From: USA

This was never intended to be a W.A.S.P. album but Blackie has said the record company refused to release it unless it carried the WASP name. Aside from Blackie's vocals IDOL just doesn't come across TO ME as WASP sounding. I have NEVER been a fan of concept or rock opera albums and this release did nothing to change my mind. I like Chainsaw Charlie but not much else.
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