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Helldorado CD

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1999 album by the American heavy metal music group which did no receive great recognition due to a disliking of a new screaming approach by vocalist Blackie Lawless.

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W.A.S.P.'s aging shock rockers reveal a little of their version of nostalgia on this album, but it's doubtful you'll get teary-eyed. Helldorado is an attempt to recapture the attitude and rawness that this cheesiest of metal bands started from in the 1980s, back to the period of their original demo tapes. Against a firestorm of basic three-chord metal, frontman Blackie Lawless continues to spit out bits of larynx as he muses on the eternal verities, from Saturday-night cockfights to faceless blowjobs ("Don't Cry (Just Suck)") and snorting coke. Framing the package is a series of goth-swathed broodings on self-destruction and hell that sound tame when shorn of the sicko theatricality of W.A.S.P.'s live stage shows. Certainly the return of guitarist Chris Holmes to the nest has livened up the spirits of the band, though. Sometimes there's even a change of key between songs. You won't be drowning out too many arty details by cranking this one up, especially Lawless's anthemic "Dirty Balls." --Tom May

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Drive By
  2. Helldorado
  3. Don't Cry (Just Suck)
  4. Damnation Angels
  5. Dirty Balls
  6. High on the Flames
  7. Cocaine Cowboys
  8. Can't Die Tonight
  9. Saturday Night Cockfight
  10. Hot Rods to Hell (Helldorado Reprise)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00000IOPY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've loved this from the minute I hit play. This is Blackie & Chris getting back the to their roots. They've said they were getting inspiration for this album when listening to their original demo tapes from the first WASP album. It's an upbeat, heavy & raunchy album & with as many concept albums as WASP has done it's nice to hear them just rock out on this one. "Helldorado" & it's follow up "Unholy Terror" rank among the first 4 wasp studio albums in my opinion.
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I've heard every metal band from Sabbath to Iron Maiden to Metallica to Rob Zombie to System of a down to Dragonforce and WASP stands strong amongst the greatest of heavy metal artists.

Why, I thought WASP are goofy and theatrical big hair metal has beens?

Well, in the 80s their costumes and behaviors didn't do them any favors in making them likeable or cool.

But nowadays, it doesn't matter because their MUSIC speaks for itself.

From start to finish this cd features Blackie Lawless screeching at the top of his lungs. I don't know how he does it because I've tried singing a long to his music and it really hurts my throat.

Check out the really impressive and blazing rock n roll style guitar solos and leads. The sound production isn't that great but hey it is good enough. The songs are composed and arranged very well and are very entertaining and fun to listen to especially while driving or while working out or while at a party. At times the songs remind me of AC/DC but it is done a bit heavier, noisier, and dirtier here on Helldorado. The lyrics are sometimes raunchy and out of control and other times the lyrics are in the basic tradition of metal and rock n roll.

This is an excellent metal CD from strart to finish.

And before I go you should have seen the tour for this CD, Blackie Lawless lit the stage on fire (literally), and he also performed on a demonic pogo-stick type microphone with handle bars. lol.

Have fun!
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This CD is by no means a dud, its just unfortunate that some tunes are, that the CD clocks in short, and that the highlights aren't high enough to allow forgiveness upon the lesser lights. Another downer in regards to this one is the fact that all the outrageously lyricised and return to 'blood and guts' attitude songs sound like 'Blind In Texas' repeated over and over until you want to scream (and perhaps not until you like it either) infact they down right annoy! Worthy of mention is 'Damnation Angels' with its obvious AC/DC Hells Bells influence, a sleeper with distant echos of 'Sleeping In the Fire', but to describe this song as of the same calibre would not be accurate. At least it stops the slide into oblivion in the pits of sameness if a litte too late at track number four! Things return to dumb and mind numb with the awful 'Dirty Balls'. Surely we have come to expect and deserve more than this? 'High On The Flames' is better though a little uninspired, a kind of 80's era Kiss left over. What is rather nice is the kinda twin harmony vocal thing going down on the chorus on this song which reminded me a little of the past glories of the debut disc, and then makes me question why I'm not listening to that rather than this! 'Cocaine Cowboys' and the follower of 'Can't Die Tonight' could both be the same song neither of which you would describe as good! The bliss of 'Saturday Night Cockfight' breaks the drought once again with an almost Celtic swagger and bravado, hey bravo! The finale comes in the form of a reprise of the set opener 'Helldorado' which at track nine stings the eyes and didn't improve since I heard it way back at the beginning. Back to the drawing board...
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By A Customer on May 21, 2004
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This is an album with a purpose: you listen to it while getting drunk. Don't try to enjoy this one sober, it ain't "thinking man's music" as some previous albums such as Crimson Idol or Headless Children were. The album kicks off with a well paced rocker Helldorado to set you in the good mood for opening the bottle. Then we go through all the stupidities people do when they are partying a tad too drunk. Sex, fighting, obscenities, and so on. The whole idea is that we are all going to h*ll anyway, so why not go in flames and blazing! Finally, the disc ends with a reprise of the starting song Helldorado, this time not so smoothly produced, sounding more rough and tumbly, kept a bit simpler altogether. Just what you need after drinking your booze and it elevates your spirits high enough to bring a big grin on your face. By this time you should be finishing your bottle and getting ready go out for more partying through the night.
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By S. Smith on January 2, 2011
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The reviews on this are so evenly split it's funny! Granted there is nothing new or original on here but this album is FUN! Don't Cry (Just Suck), Dirty Balls, and Cocaine Cowboys will have you singing along in no time. Damnation Angels is so good it doesn't really even belong on this album. To all the naysayers all I can say is that I bet if this was released before or after Last Command you'd all eat it up. I try to not place a time period on music and just enjoy it for what it is. I think what hurts this album is that Crimson Idol was so damned good and also the production of this album is absolute rubbish. I like how WASP can be serious on one album then just have a party on another, it's what keeps them interesting. This is a total party album.
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