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GWAR are often overlooked as a novelty act because of the monster costumes they wear, admittedly they do look like evil characters from the power rangers but look behind the dramatic performances and you'll still find some good heavy metal.
Bloody Pit of Horror is their most recent release from 2010 and I think it speaks wonders for the band that they are still innovative enough to right some catchy songs, 26 years after their inception. If anything this album is a return to form and their best for some time. At just 37 minutes long, it's not exactly one of the longest albums on the market but it's quite varied by GWAR standards and if you can pick it up cheaply, it's worth having.
While Dave Brockie's vocals are a bit too growly for the mainstream, they are also rather eloquent when it comes to contemporary metal artists.
The opening track - "Zombies, March" is great fun and the vocals are clearer than normal. If I were a zombie, I'd feel summoned! Come the Carnivor is a rather glum and moody track that separates the cracking opener from the high-speed A Gathering of Ghouls, which has a cracking guitar sound throughout matched with militant drumming, it reminds me a touch of Napalm Death.
GWAR have never hid from taboo subjects and controversial lyrics and that's pretty much the case here with Storm is Coming and Tick Tits, which musically sounds rather like A Gathering of Ghouls, the lyrics are immature but that's always been the case with GWAR.
Beat You to Death has the nicest riffs of the album and along with Zombies, March is the stand out track for me. You are My Meat is a short, sombre track with a burst of energy, lyrically crude and jokingly promoting cannibalism , it's clear to see why the band have never quite had the success of Metallica!
Hail, Genocide is another fast-paced track which is written more like a punk track, despite the obvious thrash sound. It all gets a little bit similar sounding towards the end of the album with KZ Necromancer following suit and The Litany of the Slain and Sick and Twisted sounding very similar.
On the contrary, the very end of the album is a bit of a surprise because Stripper Christmas Summer Weekend, sounds nothing like the band with a tongue-in-cheek poppy sound, the guitar playing is outstanding though. GWAR finish it with a chaotic guitar heavy throwback to the early days of the band, dedicating it to 'the old school', they play Hell-O-Medly, with more feedback than a successful e-bay seller, they really finish it off in style.
GWAR's not for everyone, they're obscene at times and sometimes their songs sound rather similar but if you like the band then you'll likely rate this album.