W.A.S.P. has recruited YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson to sit behind the drum kit for the currently scheduled shows, following the recent departure of Mike Dupke. In the past Johansson toured with W.A.S.P. in 2006. For more information about Patrick Johansson, go here.
Just recently Mike Dupke left W.A.S.P. after a nine-year stint with the band, read his statement here:
“I would like to wish the guys in the band all the best in the future. I must also send thanks out to all the W.A.S.P. fans who welcomed me with open arms. You all rock! I would also like to add that I am now available to join, work, and tour with any new prospective artists or bands.”
W.A.S.P.’s fifteenth studio album, titled “Golgotha”, will be released on October 2 via Austria’s Napalm Records.
Frontman Blackie Lawless on the new album Golgotha:
“There are times in any band’s career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified – Hebrew for “the place of the skull”.”
Golgotha Track Listing:
2. Last Runaway
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’s Dominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!
Check out below W.A.S.P. video footage from recent Bang Your Head Festival 2015: