"The Neon God" is a two part concept album with a story quite similar to "Crimson Idol". Only here the main idea is to find a reason for self existence. This is a story of Jesse Slane and he asks, would i be remembered? Will my life mean anything when I die?? As Blackie wrote in the liner notes: "This is one question we all wonder, when we are alone", and I agree with him totally. Musically you can hear similarities to "Crimson Idol" (in a good way). Compare "Overture" and "The Titanic Overture" for example. Every now and then there are few short and slow tracks that lay a nice break between two heavier main songs. They sum up the plot with those thoughts, Why am I here? Why am I Nothing? Okay, I've heard many have had difficulties in "gettin'" the album. I had too at first, but when I listened and listened, then suddenly it hit me. Songwriting is excellent. The album as a whole is more mellow and soothing than "Dying for the World" or "Unholy Terror". There's not as much anger or aggressive feelings involved, just this idea of silent self-searching while listening and relaxing. "The Rise" is one of the best and balanced W.A.S.P. albums in the last years, or ever, and pretty much ties with "Dying for the World".
Standout tracks: So many... "Overture", "Why Am I Nothing", "Asylum #9", "What I'll Never Find", "Raging Storm".