Review Summary: Welcome once again/To the Bloody Pit, my friends/We're so glad you could attend/Come and die...come and die...2 of 2 thought this review was well written
So, I was sitting in my living room with nothing to do so I decide to visit my favorite music website. When I got then the main page I scrolled my eyes down the right side on the page in my usual fashion looking for something worthwhile when a band's name caught my eye. It was in capitals. It was four letters. It was a band I knew and loved. And there was a new album. It was GWAR and then I came.
I guess you could call me somewhat of a GWAR fanboy being so exited by new album details that it literally causes semen to explode out of my penis in a mixture of pleasure and agony, and I would probably agree with you. So I decided to look at this album in different view. Going through the album track by track jotting down notes as I went, I picked out bad points of each song instead of looking for the good. I was somewhat disappointed by Lust In Space after the face-raping rock opera known as Beyond Hell and expected to find more weak spots .
I was surprised. This album was ***ing awesome.
The album starts with strongest track, "Zombies, March!" The track itself opens with screaming guitars and Oderus greeting the listener to a track powerful enough to crush small puppies and immolate the remains into ashes. Bloody Pit of Horror delivers on what it promises. GWAR. All the songs have that GWAR-ish feel to it. A mixture of strong thrash as shown in their latest albums and some heavy as shown in their earlier work with pure mind-boggling lyrics and idea thrown in. The first four tracks all sync together setting the story-line for the album. "Come The Carnivore" is a slow, almost churning ambient track which is set apart against the other wise fast-paced album. "A Gathering of Ghouls" is a nice fast track that brings the album back to up speed. "Storm is Coming" is probably the one song that didn't to it for me, it's a nice track that keeps the speed of the album for the oncoming onslaught of GWAR.
After the setting up the theme for the album it goes into more stand-alone songs. "Tick-Tits" is a relatively run-of-the-mil GWAR song about tits. Tits covered in ticks nonetheless. The next part of the album is the golden section. "Beat You To Death" is one of the strongest songs on this whole album, with intense drumming and masterful shredding from Flattus Maximus at the intro and solo, whoever thinks Flattus can't shred needs to listen to this song. Another note abut this track is that it includes vocal duties by Casey Orr, the bassist on this and a few previous albums and sometimes vocalist. I wouldn't mind if Beefcake would take over some more vocals on following albums.
"You Are My Meat" is sweet GWAR ballad about cannibalism. Instrumentally this song is nice and some what of a certain flange to it, definitely the best acoustic based song by GWAR. "Hail, Genocide!" is a dipping point, it is fast and keeps the thrash going and is very catchy with you singing Genocide! Genocide! over and over."KZ Necromancer" is a disappointing song musically, lyrically it is actually not that bad considering the band from where it comes. His voice is also quite enjoyable in this song I find. "Litany of the Slain" is somewhat of a tribute song, a tribute to every person they have ever killed in their stage show in chronological order. The song is heavy and brutal with a almost scatting of the syllables by Oderus. During the chorus his voice becomes his sub-high singing and is quite nice in contrast to the harsh vocals in verse, also as a plus these lyrics bring humor in points. The first time I heard the lyrics "Biker Bitch, she was de-titted" I laughed so hard at the the first time I heard the word de-titted, I had to restart the song. The closer, "Sick and Twisted" is an odd almost jazzy song with great drumming from Jizmak and a intro and chorus riff that one that I would expect from a more technical band. A excellent closet for a superb album.
In overall musical standings this is not the most advanced album, some of the riffs are boring and repetitive and vocals are annoying at times, the bass is audible plays its job well but doesn't stand out in any particular way. The soloing is gorgeous and has a classic feel to it but still shreds when needed. The drumming is the only instrument that remains constantly decent throughout and shines at particular moments. The production is not the best I've ever heard but is listenable and doesn't take away from the sound.
This is one of the more listenable GWAR albums in their discography and is surely in their top 4 albums. I would suggest this to any GWAR and any fan of music thats willing to look past the stigma that is costumed band.
Overall Rating : 4.3
Beat You to Death
You Are My Meat
Sick And Twisted