It’s his work with Blackie Lawless that I really like as it covers some of my favorite WASP albums.
“The Headless Children” released in 1989, “The Crimson Idol” released in 1992, “Still Not Black Enough” released in 1995, “Unholy Terror” released in 2001, “Dying for the World” released in 2002 and “The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise” released in 2004 are some of WASPs best releases.
And Bob Kulick who has left for the great gig in the sky appears on quite a few of em as well.
Check out “The Headless Children”. Banali’s drum groove in the intro came straight from the depths of hell in its intensity and power.
It feels like the song is built on the drum pattern. And the piece d resistance is from 4.12. I call it the Iron Maiden section.
Listen to it and be moved by it.
And “The Real Me” introduced the drum fills that would give Stet Howland a bad name. Is it really Howland’s fault or Keith Moon’s since “The Real Me” is a cover?
On “The Crimson Idol”, Banali provides the drumming on the actual songs and Howland provides drum fill percussion on each song.
Check out the power of “Doctor Rockter”.
The same deal is worked out for the follow up “Still Not Black Enough” but this time Howland is credited as the percussionist. And Blackie more or less rewrote “The Crimson Idol”.
Check out the restraint and build on “Scared To Death”.
In 2001, “Unholy Terror” came out and Banali plays on five tracks. Check out “Charisma” and the Kashmir style groove laid down.
Check out “My Wicked Heart” from “Dying For The World” in 2002 for some epic drumming.
And “The Neon God Part 1” released in 2004 closed his WASP career. My favorite is the ballad “What I’ll Never Find”.
Rest In Peace.