W.A.S.P.
The Headless Children


4.0
excellent

Review

by matthew36 USER (37 Reviews)
July 9th, 2020 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do not judge a book by its cover

WOW. That's all I can say about this. Take the first three albums, all excellent in their own right... and that's the worst of this album. A lot of the songs on here are in the vein of that album, except maybe a bit heavier. Stuff like "Mean Man", "Neutron Bomber", and "Rebel in the FDG" are classic balls-out rockers that only WASP can do quite properly. Catchy as ***, great riffs, memorable songwriting. You know the drill. "The Real Me" is an excellent cover of the Who, and "Forever Free" adds to their tradition of being able to get it right when it comes to ballads. Also, "Maneater" (a Harley child 'til I die.....) is spectacular.

Then, even the bonus tracks are great, including a very good cover of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath", and nice originals like "War Cry", which would have not been out of place somewhere in the middle of the album. And that's the worst of it... as for the best, there are three songs on here that are just plain mind-blowing. They step up lyrically a lot, to take on "serious issues" in a really harrowing way... The title track, for instance, deals with nuclear war. It moves along at slightly above medium pace, centered around several excellent riffs. Awesome stuff.

Then, "Thunderhead" immediately follows this one. This song is just really ***ing harrowing, if you listen to it closely. A little piano intro sets the atmosphere - this in and of itself would have been a great ***ing song, but then it kicks into overdrive... "thunderhead, you're a man with a problem!" Then, the middle section. "Will you die for me?" "YES MASTER!" Then, solo after solo - I count something like eight in a row, with the last one exploding out of nowhere... absolutely awesome combination of melody and heaviness... the only real comparison I could think of is Painkiller, but not quite.

Okay, and that's not even the best! This album is made a complete ***ing legend by the opening track. "The Heretic" first pummels you with verse after verse over rapid-fire riffs... then a little melodic break, followed by more verses. "Don't turn off the light, there are demons in the night!" More riffs! And finally, "The heretic will say, you don't have to be afraid, until I -- UNTIL I COME TO GET YOU!!!" Then, solo after solo... this, my friends, is quite possibly the BEST heavy metal song ever done. Ever.

Album of the year - top ten albums of all time maybe. This is a total classic. This is traditional/80s/whatever metal of the absolute highest caliber.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Necrotica
July 9th 2020


10692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, 4 seems like a low rating for such praise

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2020


21966 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cause it's a goddamn classic.

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matthew36
July 9th 2020


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought about 4.5 however in the end just did not think it was quite justified doing so.

Necrotica
July 9th 2020


10692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean yeah, I agree. I'm just saying he probably should have reviewed it with a 4.5 or a 5 based on what he said about it



Edit: gotcha

matthew36
July 10th 2020


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, well I really did struggle with my rating. But...

budgie
July 10th 2020


22444 Comments


iill riide the wiiind foreveeer freeeeee
hiiiigh iiin the wiiind foreveeer freee


Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2020


21966 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No need to struggle matt, click on that drop menu and select "5".



Life is too short to dwell in such petty conundrums.

Source
July 10th 2020


18491 Comments


rules

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of their best releases. Mean Man is such a great jam

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south_of_heaven 11
July 10th 2020


5563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best, easily

facupm
July 12th 2020


11660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album indeed



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