W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria's Napalm Records. The band's fifteenth studio album, titled "Golgotha", will be released this August.
"W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records," states W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless.
"We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career.
"We're looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album, 'Golgotha'."
Adds Napalm vice president Thomas Caser: "It is a true honor to announce this signing today. A dream has come true.
"With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces, W.A.S.P. have always been one of the most influential metal bands out there since the beginning of their career.
"We are thrilled about the upcoming album, 'Golgotha', which will be released this summer!"
At last year's press conference at the 2014 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, Lawless stated about the lyrical inspiration for the upcoming CD: "'Golgotha' is Hebrew for place of the skull, and it's the hill where Christ was crucified. And it's interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I'm thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, 'cause it's right there. I mean, if you want death, there's enough to go around there."
Regarding the musical direction of W.A.S.P.'s new material, Lawless said: "It sounds probably more similar to the last two that we've done [2007's 'Dominator' and 2009's 'Babylon']. And we've been working on this thing for four years now."
He continued: "I don't know if you guys heard, I had a little hiccup [in 2013], and that delayed recording for almost a year. I broke my leg. And that, too, was an interesting trip.
"But there's one thing that I learned when I was doing [1992's] 'The Crimson Idol': if you make a record over too long of a period of time, you have to be very, very careful, because the record you start out making is not the record you end up finishing, because you've changed so much as a person over a three- or four-year period, you've gotta be very, very careful to hold on to that vision. But from what I'm hearing so far — and it's not completely mixed yet — it has definite overtones of the last two records."