— Blackie Lawless, when questioned about the meaning of band's name.
W.A.S.P. is a Heavy Metal band from USA. Initially formed from the ashes of Sister, Circus Circus and London, W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock antics (throwing raw meat to the audience, naked models tied to torture racks etc.) and the feud with PMRC in the 80's over their "objectionable" lyrics. Despite its attempts to ban the band, the outrage only resulted in higher album sales. The band took a more serious turn lyrically and sonically in the 90's with The Crimson Idol and, with the exception of Helldorado, has continued to this day. The frontman, Blackie Lawless, is the only member of the band from the original albums, very much a case of I Am the Band.
Darker and Edgier: Kill, Fuck, Die, which featured industrial influences and rougher production.
Hell, they were this to the glam scene in general, both in terms of sound and onstage theatrics.
Epic Rocking: "The Heretic (The Lost Child)", "Thunderhead", "Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)", "The Idol", "The Great Misconceptions of Me", "The Horror", "Wasted White Boys", "Sister Sadie (And the Black Habits)", "The Last Redemption" and "Heaven's Hung in Black".
Fun with Acronyms: Band's name is a memorable example. However, two out of six of the songtitles are actual acronyms; those being "D.B. Blues" (Douchebag Blues) and "Rebel in the F.D.G." (Rebel in the Fucking Decadent Generation). Other two are Spelling Songs ("L.O.V.E. Machine" and "B.A.D."), one is a phone number ("9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.") and one is a case of Xtreme Kool Letterz ("X.T.C Riders").
Greatest Hits Album: There are three: First Blood, Last Cuts and 1 CD and 2 CD versions of The Best of the Best.
Heavy Meta: "Rock Rolls On", "War Cry", "Rock and Roll to Death"
Money Song: "Fistful of Diamonds" from The Last Command.
Mood Dissonance: Due to W.A.S.P.'s themes getting darker album by album in the 90's, return-to-form album Helldorado with it's Intercourse with You songs and badboy attitude weren't taken well by fans.
New Sound Album: Starting with The Headless Children, they switched from singing mostly about being a badass and having lots of sex, and began writing about more serious social and political themes. Aside from the Industrial Metal influences on Kill, Fuck, Die and the throwback Helldorado, they've continued with it to this day.