Ha, well, I mostly came here for the ongoing thread that I started, but when I saw this I just had to respond. I'm a big W.A.S.P. fan. Their first three albums were glam metal, but everything afterward was heavy metal except for Kill.Fuck.Die. which was an industrial metal experiment.
I would agree that they have a lot of artistic merit, and even in their glam days they covered politics and war briefly. Since then, they've done entire albums devoted to introspective and political subjects, which is very interesting coming from a band whose debut was a sex album. Even then, the album was pretty twisted with lots of kinky sadomasochist themes, and it is probably even my favorite from the band.
What W.A.S.P. did with glam in the early days should have been more influential than it was, and it would have been nice to see more glam bands head in a vicious direction than candy-coated one. I'm no one to talk in a way because I like the more saccharine glam bands for different reasons, but what W.A.S.P. did was unique and has yet to be replicated by anyone else, at least well.