To celebrate the 25th anniversary of W.A.S.P.’s concept album The Crimson Idol, band mastermind Black Lawless is finally seeing his vision for the album come to fruition. Originally intended as a movie with an accompanying soundtrack, The Crimson Idol has been re-recorded with four additional “lost” songs that didn’t make the cut the first time around.
In 1992 Lawless introduced the rise and fall story of fictional rock star Jonathan Steele. Working with stellar musicians like Bob Kulick and Frankie Banali, W.A.S.P. delivered music that set the atmosphere for such a powerful story.
Several hundred hours of film was shot to create approximately 60 minutes of movie footage. But, a traditional movie it’s not. The Crimson Idol film is basically a really long music video. If you’re a W.A.S.P. fan, that’s perfectly OK. Having visuals to pair with each track on the album enhances the impact of the story. Casual fans may not appreciate something like this, but I would encourage anyone to watch and really pay attention to the details.
As far as the music goes, the band has never sounded better. Sonically, ReIdolized is far superior to the original. Blackie’s voice is in top form and careful attention has been paid to stay true to the original recordings.
ReIdolized is a welcome addition in any W.A.S.P. diehard’s collection and is a killer gateway album for new fans to hear the band’s strongest material.