W.A.S.P.
Kill, Fuck, Die


3.0
good

Review

by JamieTwort CONTRIBUTOR (28 Reviews)
October 11th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: W.A.S.P.'s darkest hour.

W.A.S.P., despite being undoubtedly heavier (and, in all honesty, a lot less glamorous) than their poodle haired contempories, for many, will always be just another L.A. Glam Metal band. One listen to the bands seventh album should relieve those of all such illusions, as Kill, F**k, Die, or K.F.D as it is often referred to, is an angry, industrial tinged monster of an album that has more in common with Ministry than Motley Crue.

The line-up for this album was:

Blackie Lawless – vocals, guitars
Chris Holmes – guitars
Mike Duda – bass
Stet Howland – drums

After two considerably darker and, dare I say, more serious albums (1992’s The Crimson Idol and ‘95’s Still Not Black Enough), fans were left wondering which direction Blackie Lwaless and co. would take next, In fact, the return of original guitarist Chris Holmes sparked rumours of a return to the bands roots; little did they know the band was about to embark on the darkest chapter of their career.

One thing that remains in tact from the W.A.S.P. of old is the shock factor, which was once associated with such controversial anthems as Animal (F**k Like A Beast) and the testosterone driven Ballcrusher. This time around the controversy takes on an altogether much darker tone, with the album title alone being enough to get parents rummaging through their offspring’s CD collections (hoping not to find a copy).

The opening title track is one of the album’s more accessible songs, which is somewhat surprising given it’s title. Nevertheless the change in direction is immediately evident with the song showcasing the album’s industrial sounding production and the band’s altogether more aggressive approach. The aforementioned factors however do not detract from the songs catchy almost anthemic chorus. The same could also be said of the following track, Take The Addiction, which features one of the album’s most memorable riffs, but despite some solid hooks there’s no denying that this is some seriously tortured s**t. One of the album’s standout tracks is My Tortured Eyes, which is a lot slower than the previous two tracks, but with lyrics like “C’mon kill me”, doesn’t divert from the dark lyrical themes of the rest of the album. The song also features a welcome guitar solo from the returning Chris Holmes. Killahead is another album highlight and is the last song on the album that could be remotely described as accessible.

Kill Your Pretty Face and Fetus are perhaps the most depressing and, particularly in the latter’s case, disturbing songs on the album. Little Death does little to lift the mood of the album nor do any of the remaining tracks, certainly not the epic, slow burning closer, The Horror, which has a certain eastern flavour to it. Chants of “Kneel before the horror” proceed a chorus that falsely threatens to pick up the pace and around the fifth minute mark these chants are repeated along with the rather more disturbing “F**k me, kill me, drink my blood”, which definitely makes for one of the albums most memorable moments, even if it is purely due to the shock factor.

One of the main reason’s why this is now heralded as the band's darkest hour is due to the return of Chris Holmes, as Blackie explains:

"Chris Holmes is a large part of why Kill, F**k, Die turned out so insanely disturbing. The man really is the personification of madness. The whole thing was borderline criminal before, so throwing Chris into the mix just tipped it over the edge into the truly dangerous."

Overall Kill, F**k, Die is certainly not an album for the faint hearted nor those who are simply looking for some good-time sex-driven metal anthems of the band’s old days, but it is however a solid musical achievement for a band that have nothing left to prove. It’s an album that capitalises on the anger and insanity within each individual band member and puts it into a melting pot to create something raw and full of emotion.

K.F.D. is an album that will take several listens before it’s highlights really start to shine through and if given time it will certainly reveal itself as a grower.



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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2010


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I doubt this will get many views but any comments or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.


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FadeToBlack
October 11th 2010


10926 Comments


inb4 bighans

Edwin
October 11th 2010


1399 Comments


I've been known to dabble in a bit of W.A.S.P. from time to time but I haven't actually heard anything off of this. Good review though.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2010


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man!

BigHans
October 11th 2010


26454 Comments


Havent heard the whole thing buy My Tortured Eyes is one of my favorite WASP songs.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


7287 Comments


Review is a bit run-of-the-mill, but that doesn't stop it from being all-round solid.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2010


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@ Hans: It's hardly an essential W.A.S.P. album (hence my rating, which is quite low considering i'm a W.A.S.P. fan boy) but it has it's moments particualrly the first four tracks.

@ Irving: thanks for the comment.

BigHans
October 11th 2010


26454 Comments


Fuck Like a Beast just came up on my last fm shuffle

BOOM

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2010


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^Fuck yeah! That owns everything on this album.

uninvited
November 8th 2011


248 Comments


Pos'd

BigHans
March 11th 2014


26454 Comments


MY TORTURED EYES NEVER SEE YOU

AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

KjSwantko
March 11th 2014


9277 Comments


I KNOW THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT,
KILL ME - I'LL BE IN YOUR ARMS FOREVER

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is pretty disturbing at some points.

SnakeDelilah
March 11th 2014


7210 Comments


This looks like a nu metal album.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It does sound a bit like nu metal at some points. It's much more interesting than any nu metal album I've heard though.

BigHans
March 11th 2014


26454 Comments


I remember when Jamie joined Sputnik and he shoutboxed me like "dude, you like WASP too?" I was like yeah man I WASP fucking hard but this site hates them.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


20679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn, that seems like forever ago.

KjSwantko
March 11th 2014


9277 Comments


WASP and the '80s kick so much ass; this website just doesn't understand us



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