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New Hope for the Wretched / Metal Priestess

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Album Review

This two-fer reissue from New York shock merchants the Plasmatics makes for a somewhat odd pairing, with the band's most punk-friendly album, 1980's New Hope for the Wretched, matched up with the 1981 EP Metal Priestess, where the band made its first clear bid for acceptance by the world's heavy metal kids. Truth be told, the shift isn't as disorienting as some might expect; a listen to New Hope makes it clear guitarists Richie Stotts and Wes Beech already had at least one toe dipped in the hard rock pool from the very beginning, though their more metallic inclinations were reigned in by the forward velocity of songs like "Tight Black Pants," "Butcher Baby," and "Monkey Suit," as well as the noisy experimentalism of their cover of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover." On Metal Priestess, however, the band embraced a more arena-friendly sound, and seem quite comfortable with the creative shift; while "Doom Song" and "Lunacy" are slower and more histrionic than the material on New Hope, "Black Leather Monster" and live-in-concert covers of "Masterplan" and "Sex Junkie" from Beyond the Valley of 1984 show the band could still do fast 'n' loud while trading gloom and doom for their more Dead Boys-esque approach. And while Stotts and Beech play metal with real authority, it's singer Wendy O. Williams who really rises to the occasion, delivering the goods with greater skill than ever before. For this CD issue, New Hope for the Wretched has been tagged with three live bonus tracks, which (like the live stuff on Metal Priestess) feature a suspiciously enthusiastic audience who often seem louder than the band; while the EP would have better matched with Beyond the Valley of 1984, anyone nostalgic for mohawk-topped anarchists with a Black Sabbath jones will like this just fine.

Customer Reviews

Raw American Punk

Not a gimic. Hard core rock n roll. This is a must for those looking to be introduced to early 80's American Punk. This band is responsible for some of the sights and sounds of todays music. If you were lucky enough to see them live you will know what I mean. Suggest: Monkey Suit, Sex Junkie and Masterplan.

Hardcore at its finest

This brings back some great college memories. I used to have 2 of the Plasmatics albums on vinyl. I even had the concert T-shirt with Butcher Babies on it ! Wow can you imagine an Hispanic kid from eastern Long Island listening to this? I used to get some weird looks from people, especially my "top 40" friends ... LOL I haven't listened to this group since the 80's and I almost forgot how hardriving and intense they were. This was the GOLDEN AGE OF PUNK !

This is what did it

This is the music and one of the bands that influenced everything that I listened to in the 80's and 90's. I love the Plasmatics!!!

Biography

Formed: 1979 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

At a time (the late '70s and early '80s) and a place (the New York punk scene) where shocking the audience was often the order of the day, few bands had a greater gift for cultivating outrage than the Plasmatics. During the group's heyday, a Plasmatics show could include anything from lead singer Wendy O. Williams covered in shaving cream and electrical tape while brandishing a chain saw as blue-haired Richie Stotts attacked his guitar in drag, to the destruction of televisions, electric guitars,...
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