The name of the new WASP album? Unholy Terror, an apropos title for unsettling times. More interesting, though, are lyric snippets in which Lawless refers to specific people or events: the Spanish Inquisition, Nazis, Nostradamus, Karl Marx, Dick Nixon, Napoleon, the Pope, manifest destiny, Mao and Satan. Actually, you know what's shocking? An old metal dude, like Blackie, who's thoughtful, literate, articulate and generally up on his history. That's shocking.
WASP perform with Pissing Razors and Fifi Larue at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.galaxytheatre.com. Wed., 8 p.m. $20. All ages.