Battle Maximus



by toolhed462 USER (10 Reviews)
April 21st, 2015 | 3 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Best work since Scumdogs.

First off I've just gotta say how much of a punch this album packs. Every track has a very fast and very heavy feel to it. In addition to that it has plenty of sick humor that GWAR has become known for. Regardless of the fact that they have recently got a new guitarist, they still make great metal noise for the masses, and this album is complete proof of that. Kickass riffs: Check, Killer vocals: Check, Ridiculous lyrics: Also check.

I'll admit, when I first bought this album I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't sure if things would still be delivered as directly and harshly as before. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it did. In every aspect. The album starts out with killer introduction that tells the story of the end GWAR... And the world. This introduction leads right into a face melting riff and relenting speed on "Madness at the Core of Time" which is a major standout track. The speed and intensity keeps going with the occasional lighter track to give your ears a rest. But you'll never get tired of the amazing guitar riffs and solos in this album. That's one thing this album has plenty of. All though not much to become overbearing, it's just enough to make you listen again and again. In fact it almost gets better with each and every listen. Letting you hear subtle things in the background you never heard before. And as usual GWAR is giving you the full package of their usual perverse and controversial subjects. Being a great metal masterpiece through-in-through.

The final point on this album is its amazing production. You can hear even the lightest bass line quite distinctly, every slam on the snare drum and every change in riffs on guitars. Nothing is to loud or too quiet to make for a better and more whole-sounding listening experience. There's a very strong feel that you are almost in the studio with band due to it's amazing quality. With the occasion vocal mixing effects which dampen the effect of things a little, but never fully take away from the experience. In addition to all that, David Brockie's vocals are at an all time amazing. Everything really packs a punch when he's on vocals and doesn't disappoint, not even a little bit. Even on tracks like "Falling" which is a much slower and harmonically focused track.

This is the album that fully restored my faith in GWAR's pure metal ways. In the end, this is a must listen for GWAR fans and non GWAR fans alike. It packs a perfect punch and melts your face with pure metal lyrics and instrumental perfection. Completely worth every penny.

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April 21st 2015


RIP Oderous

April 22nd 2015


I've never heard GWAR

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April 27th 2015


RIP hard

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