W.A.S.P. will be issuing their new album, "The Neon God: Part One – The Rise", on April 6 through Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records.
Described as "a conceptual rock opera that explores the tragedy and consequences of one boy's search for acceptance and purpose in his existence," "The Neon God: Part One – The Rise" reportedly "delves into such deeply emotional (and personal) inquiries, such as where does one fit into the great cosmic enigma? How does love fit into the equation? Should I use my gifts and talents for good or for evil?" according to a press release. "These are the primary thoughts all people have regarding their existence at one time or another. When addressed by a youth and coupled with an extreme dose of fear, a lethal combination develops.
" 'Part One – The Rise' tells the story of an abused and orphaned boy who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. By utilizing his gifts, he is able to build a following whose devotion and allegiance create a loyalty so intense that he is poised to become a dark Messiah for the 21st Century."
"The Neon God: Part One – The Rise" track listing:
02. Why Am I Here
03. Wishing Well
04. Sister Sadie (And the Black Habits)
05. (Why Am) I Nothing
07. Asylum #9
08. Red Room of the Rising Sun
09. What I'll Never Find
10. Someone To Love Me
11. X.T.C. Riders
12. Me and the Devil
13. Running Man
14. The Raging Storm
"The Neon God: Part One – The Rise" features the lineup of Blackie Lawless (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Mike Duda (bass), and Darrell Roberts (guitar).
Part 2 of "The Neon God" story will be released by Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records over the summer and will complete the story.