Album Review: GWAR – The Blood Of Gods

By Francisco Zamudio

As this dirtpile spirals downward at the hands of an orange tyrant, the scumdogs of the universe have returned to take their rightful place as destroyers of the earth. Although they would like nothing more than to see this heap of excrement vaporized from existence, they violently insist that is by their hands and their hands alone. As warriors Oderus Urungus and Flattus Maximus have been taken prisoner by the great void, never to return, those remaining have vowed to infect our earholes and various orifices with their brand of audio rape.

Over 30 years and GWAR is still a force to be reckoned with. As a fan stated, “That group has provided my family tons of entertainment for years.” Spanning generations, it’s wonderful to know that in a time where bands fill the room with tremendous amounts of SUCK, that veteran band like GWAR has stuck to their roots and given us quality entertainment.

Now, Beefcake the Mighty, Pustulus Maximus, BälSäc, JiZMak da Gusha, Bonesnapper, Sawborg Destructo – have spilled ‘The Blood of Gods’ (Metal Blade) for their 14th release. This new album whose title is in tribute to the recently fallen Dave Brockie, welcomes Beserker Blóthar on lead vocals. Michael Bishop was previously Beefcake the Mighty in prior albums and now has stepped up to the task of leading these space pirates.

‘The Blood of Gods’ is prime GWAR, doing what they’ve always done. With their varying style of metal with thrash, hardcore, punk, rock and blues, laced with political satire and their extremely catchy riffs and lyrics. The pleasantly arrogant feel Oderus brought with his vocals style is truly missed here, and will be for some time. But, Blóthar does successfully bring in his familiar backing vocal style to the front of the line leading this new era in GWAR. The difference is clear and once you come to grips with that, you will thoroughly enjoy this album. The first quarter of songs are rock oriented. Then the breakout tune ‘Auroch’ is nearly giving a nod to Slayer-esque style in speed and thrash, and one of my favorite tunes on the album. Another neck-breaker is ‘Crushed By the Cross’, a driving song like this is going to go over well live. And if you haven’t experienced a live GWAR concert, then you haven’t lived. As a fan of the under-appreciated drumming of JiZMak da Gusha, I wanted more of his skilled and tasty drumming here. I get a little of that on ‘Fuck This Place’. Another standout track and one I really enjoyed was the ballad ‘Phantom Limb’. Not only do we get 11 solid tracks but another great cover in AC/DC’s ‘If You Want Blood (You Got It)’.

Like being fed to the World Maggot, this may take some time to digest. Given the rigged and puss-engorged entity of GWAR that been logged in our colons for centuries, we have more to be force-fed and though your intestines will be blown out your ears while you’re doused with the PO(TU)S’s blood on stage, listeners should do exactly that, LISTEN. GWAR has always been one of many bands with informative lyrics, satire or not. And given current events and imminent destruction of the human race, what better time than to blast some new GWAR to help you realize WE’RE GOING TO HELL!

Rating: 8.5/10

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Record Label: Metal Blade
Release Date: October 20th 2017

Track Listing:
01. War on GWAR (7:21)
02. Viking Death Machine (4:16)
03. El Presidente (4:22)
04. I’ll Be Your Monster (3:10)
05. Auroch (4:06)
06. Swarm (4:33)
07. The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo (4:08)
08. Death to Dickie Duncan (3:40)
09. Crushed by the Cross (3:57)
10. Fuck This Place (5:08)
11. Phantom Limb (6:10)
12. If You Want Blood (You Got It) (AC/DC cover) (5:06)

Total Duration: 55:57

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