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Where Angels Suffer - Purgatory

Label: self-financed
Format: CD
Released: 2010
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 7/ 10


W.A.S.P. w/o Blackie Lawless, essentially. Reuniting original stinger guitarists Randy Piper and Chris Holmes, alongside more recent recruit Stet Howland (drums), Where Angels Suffer (cleverly aka W.A.S.) also features former Metal Blade bassist Steve Unger and vocalist Rich Lewis, who played alongside Riper (and briefly Holmes) in Animal.

 

Within the dozen originals, there are more than couple tracks that conjure up an old school, 80s Sunset Strip, W.A.S.P.-ish feel (‘Can’t Stop’, ‘Zombie’, ‘Morning After’), others more of a 70s hard rock/AOR vibe: spirited, high energy rock throughout, even the symphonic keyboard enhanced ‘Cryin’ Eagle’. Nearly all are under four minutes in length and at a second over five minutes, ‘Can’t Stop’ is the album’s gargantuan tune. There’s a little piano (and repetitive, concluding gong!) in ‘Judgment Day’, with its familiar gang backing vocals chorus. ‘Violent New Breed’ lacks the sleaziness needed to take it into the Black(ie) realm. Intermixed with a few old W.A.S.P. nuggets, could make any interesting live evening.

 
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