Rating:
7.5
W.A.S.P. - Dominator
16 April 2007


01. Mercy
02. Long, Long Way To Go
03. Take Me Up
04. The Burning Man
05. Heaven's Hung In Black
06. Heaven's Blessed
07. Teacher
08. Heaven's Hung In Black (Reprise)
09. Deal With The Devil


Mr Blackie Lawless has maybe started his career with W.A.S.P. in 1981 but 26 years later the dude is still here and better than ever. Even if the discography of the American combo was a bit unequal lately (with a really nice "Neon God Pt. 1" and an average "Neon God Pt. 2") W.A.S.P. is still alive and still an important and respected Metal band. With "Dominator", the 13th studio album of the combo, be sure to be prepared to listen to some cool Heavy Metal in the pure tradition of the one of the combo.

"Dominator" follows the road of the two "Neon God" albums. I mean that it's a classic melodic Heavy Metal which flirts with Hard Rock, a pure W.A.S.P. album with the great voice of Lawless and of course a ton of catchy melodic songs. It's not bad at all, not revolutionary too but we have some cool catchy riffs and good songs like the first one "Mercy". But it's not the best album of the discography of the band too. As I said, it's a classic album by W.A.S.P. and Lawless, musically speaking didn't take any risks with this release. It works, especially if you're fan but some bands have released some better albums lately too. As matter of fact, "Dominator" even if it's not bad will not stay in our memories for ever in my opinion. W.A.S.P. just have released better albums before.

The production of the new W.A.S.P. is great by the way. The band found the way to keep its really typical sound with in addition some modern sonorities. It's sound like the old W.A.S.P. (and that's great) but with a modern sound. Also, I really like the engaged lyrics that we can find on some songs like on "Long, Long Way To Go". It's a fact, with W.A.S.P. you have good rock but also good lyrics which have a real message. You can disagree with the band on the topics or not, but you can't deny that at least, they don't talk about uninteresting bullshit (and I love it!).

"Dominator" is a good album. Maybe not the album of the decade but still, it's a good album of Heavy Metal. With some good songs and cool lyrics, the fans of the band will find here something which deserves their money. If you like W.A.S.P., you don't have to wait anymore time "Dominator" will have to come in your discography. The others will be in front of a correct album but they will be able to find something better this year too…

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: W.A.S.P.
Album: Dominator


 


written by Jeff | 10.05.2007



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Jay - 10.05.2007 at 20:53  
in 1984 but 14 years later the dude is still here

?

Marcel Hubregtse - 10.05.2007 at 20:54  
mmm Jeff, how much is 1984 + 14?
Jeff - 10.05.2007 at 20:59  
Fixed,

Damn ! nowadays I have a problem with numbers !!! lol

Well, I hate them anyway
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.05.2007 at 21:03  
Written by Jeff on 10.05.2007 at 20:59

Fixed,

Damn ! nowadays I have a problem with numbers !!! lol

Well, I hate them anyway


It seems your problem is really severe when the number 4 is somehow embedded in it. (remember Marillion?)
Doc Godin - 11.05.2007 at 06:40  
Sounds promising, good review....not that it wouldve mattered, I probably wouldve bought it regardless of the rating, I hear its the best album from WASP since The Crimson Idol, so it has to be good.
BestMetalstormer - 11.05.2007 at 08:29  
The cover is so cool...
NortheRnmost - 11.05.2007 at 15:04  
I agree with you most part, but it deninitely deserves more than 7.5. Or maybe I just love the band too much. The best thing in WASP are the meaningful lyrics (as you said, no bullshit), Blackie's undying vocals and the overall sound that is WASP, and them alone. Listen to the guitars, painful and beautiful at the same time. It's hard to say if this is better than Dying for the World or Neon God Pt. 1 because I just bought it last week. Respect to Blackie for delivering another delicious album.
Nimasis - 13.05.2007 at 01:28  
Whatever you say Jeff I can't really be agree with you about what you said about The Neon God! I believe Part 2 of the Neon God saved the album because the Part 1 is really piss poor and disappointing! And IMO Dominator is a successful album. Be honest I didn't expect a good album, more because The Neon God didn't satisfy me at all! But Blackie and boys did their job great this time!
ViktorMarkus777 - 17.11.2007 at 15:27  
HEY HEY HEY!! THIS SHOULD BE RATED HIGHER THAN 7.5!!...GOD!!! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS???....

THE VOCALIST..HE DIDN'T LOST HIS TOUCH TRU THE YEARS...STILL FULL OF ANGST!! THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR EVERY METALHEADS!!...
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.11.2007 at 15:28  
Written by Guest on 17.11.2007 at 15:27

HEY HEY HEY!! THIS SHOULD BE RATED HIGHER THAN 7.5!!...GOD!!! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS???....

THE VOCALIST..HE DIDN'T LOST HIS TOUCH TRU THE YEARS...STILL FULL OF ANGST!! THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR EVERY METALHEADS!!...


Stop shouting I am NOT deaf.
THE_BLACK_GOD - 12.04.2008 at 16:11  
Written by Jeff on 10.05.2007 at 20:59

Fixed,

Damn ! nowadays I have a problem with numbers !!! lol

Well, I hate them anyway


"08-heaven's hung in black" really reminds me "The Crimson Idol Album" which is one of best metal albums ever. really liked this album its really nice and its the second best of "W.A.S.P." why 7.5 ?
why songwriting 7 ?
im agree with originality 7
why performance 8?
why production 9?

numbers r important
Iced Angel - 06.08.2008 at 06:56  
Written by Guest on 12.04.2008 at 16:11

Written by Jeff on 10.05.2007 at 20:59

Fixed,

Damn ! nowadays I have a problem with numbers !!! lol

Well, I hate them anyway


"08-heaven's hung in black" really reminds me "The Crimson Idol Album" which is one of best metal albums ever. really liked this album its really nice and its the second best of "W.A.S.P." why 7.5 ?
why songwriting 7 ?
im agree with originality 7
why performance 8?
why production 9?

numbers r important


I agree ... the album deserves a 9.
Iced Angel - 06.08.2008 at 06:56  
Written by Guest on 12.04.2008 at 16:11

Written by Jeff on 10.05.2007 at 20:59

Fixed,

Damn ! nowadays I have a problem with numbers !!! lol

Well, I hate them anyway


"08-heaven's hung in black" really reminds me "The Crimson Idol Album" which is one of best metal albums ever. really liked this album its really nice and its the second best of "W.A.S.P." why 7.5 ?
why songwriting 7 ?
im agree with originality 7
why performance 8?
why production 9?

numbers r important


I agree ... the album deserves a 9.
Abattoir - 29.09.2008 at 14:01  
Cool staff...I would rate it 8.0. My favourite songs: ''Long, Long Way To Go'', ''Take Me Up'', ''Heaven's Hung In Black'', ''Heaven's Blessed'' and ''Deal With The Devil''

The album cover looks also pretty nice.
Doc Godin - 03.11.2008 at 23:25  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.11.2007 at 15:28

Written by Guest on 17.11.2007 at 15:27

HEY HEY HEY!! THIS SHOULD BE RATED HIGHER THAN 7.5!!...GOD!!! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS???....

THE VOCALIST..HE DIDN'T LOST HIS TOUCH TRU THE YEARS...STILL FULL OF ANGST!! THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR EVERY METALHEADS!!...


Stop shouting I am NOT deaf.

Yeah no kidding. Secondly, no, 7.5 is a fine rating, I'd even go as far as saying even possibly a little too high (in my tastes), this coming from a die-hard WASP fan. Partly because 'Heaven's Hung In Black' was like a 7 minute track....they really didn't need to add a reprise in for it, it seems like that song took up half the album. I found there wasn't enough good "rockers" in the album - it was like 90% ballads (even though the ballads were good sounding, they were just far too many). Last of all, regarding our over capitalizing friend up there, Blackie Lawless has almost completely lost his range, he used to do what hes singing now, but with glass shattering screams on top, he can still sing very well, just nowhere near what he used to I find. That being said, its not an entirely bad album thats pretty enjoyable the whole way through, just nothing too memorable, probably a 7/10 for me.

Written by Guest on 13.05.2007 at 01:28

Whatever you say Jeff I can't really be agree with you about what you said about The Neon God! I believe Part 2 of the Neon God saved the album because the Part 1 is really piss poor and disappointing! And IMO Dominator is a successful album. Be honest I didn't expect a good album, more because The Neon God didn't satisfy me at all! But Blackie and boys did their job great this time!

You notice how The Neon God Pt.2 was compiled almost entirely of recycled riffs from Pt.1? Jeff was right, Pt.1 was better.
Valentin B - 26.02.2011 at 15:12  
Heaven's Hung in Black is really an amazing song. in my expert infallible opinion it's the second best WASP ballad ever(you know which is the first one of course) and Take Me Up also ranks high. i don't know how Blackie does it, but so many of WASP's ballads are unbelievably good.

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