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GWAR - Bloody Pit Of Horror

WREN   (345 reviews)

Posted: 11/21/2010 | Comments: 12 | Rate:

I can’t lie. Everytime I see that GWAR is putting out a new album, the crotch of my pants starts to resemble a tent. I’m 28 years old and have been bled, pissed, and cummed (even shit on once) by these monsters of heavy metal over 20 times. It is still far from being old. So naturally when GWAR’s 12th album in 25 years, Bloody Pit Of Horror, came up for review; I selfishly grabbed it for myself. I mean I’m the boss; I can do whatever I want.

By now it’s no secret that GWAR “got good”. For unknown reasons, back in 2001 when the band released Violence Has Arrived, they took a whole new approach to writing material. In terms of strictly music, they appeared to put on their serious face and wrote solid metal tunes. A lot of GWAR’s signature style was still in tact but gone was the wide variety of experimentation with seemingly every genre that exists. With every outing after Violence, the band has become stronger and stronger song writers. They continue to outdo themselves with each release and Bloody Pit Of Horror, on a songwriting level, is surpassing any bars that their last four records have set.

During my initial listen through, I kept thinking to myself “I can’t quite put my finger on it but there is something going on here. This is clearly the heaviest thing they have ever written.” I listened through a few more times and figured it was just a tuning change that was creating this different sound I was hearing. After doing some research in the making of this record, I stumbled upon the fact that the majority of this album was written over the last two years by Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) and was intended to be released as an untitled solo project. During the song writing process, Smoot experimented with 8 string guitars. Eventually Smoot decided to use this material for a GWAR release and Bloody Pit Of Horror was born.

Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is one mad individual. For 25 years this man has been dedicating his life to building the world of GWAR and all it’s mythology that goes with it. The first four tracks of the record are about the Bloody Pit Of Horror. The four tracks describe how GWAR plans on assembling an army of zombies to do their dirty work. It’s the first bit of a concept work that we’ve gotten since the Dante’s Inferno type storyline from Beyond Hell. The remaining seems to be on a bit of a darker level than your standard GWAR record. KZ Necromancer is about Nazi scientist Josef Mengele, Beat You To Death is Beefcake’s anthem, and Hail, Genocide! is sort of a call to arms type song. Brockie lets be known many times throughout the record that he’s far from serious with his typical over-the-top sense of humor, especially in the songs Tick-Tits (about a women’s breast covered in ticks) and Litany Of The Slain (a nearly chronological order of all the people & creatures killed by GWAR over the years).

This album is clearly their heaviest record to date and, in ways, their most serious outing. Once again they continue to get better and better which is impressive since they were getting kind of stale around 2000. I don’t know what lit the fire under the bands ass but I’m sure thankful it came along. GWAR fans rejoice. The Antarctican’s have done it again.

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Comments
MO Meth Chef
351 Posts
37/M/MO
My favorite band since i was 13. Cheers.
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
will check out, good review.
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
they are gimmicky, but its fun. i agree with wren, but it was beyond hell for me that really showed their progress. eight lock was intense.
MO Meth Chef
351 Posts
37/M/MO
Start at Hell-o and stop at This Toilet Earth, then start again at Violence Has Arrived. And for a lark check out Dave Brockie Experience.
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
x cops
who-bah-stank
24,541 Posts
32/M/NY
some people think im nuts, but Oderus Urungus is one of my favorite vocalists.
BODYROTT
4,621 Posts
29/M/PA
Originally posted by: DennisQ

some people think im nuts, but Oderus Urungus is one of my favorite vocalists.



i don't think that's so nuts. he's got a pretty versatile mike patton thing goin on to an extent
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
especially live, he sounds good. clean and almost cd quality haha
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
All of the GWAR side projects blow. Even The Dave Brockie Experience.
HatesMostThings
19,190 Posts
6/M/NA
x cops owned
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
X-Cops sucked too.


But back to the thing about the discography of GWAR and whether or not Matt would like them.

GWAR's catalog is broken up into pretty much 3 different parts.

Hell-O is the exception. That was their start. They were a hybrid punk/noise rock back then. With the exception of 3 songs, I hate this album. Mostly has to do with the production. But fans of old punk will probably dig it.

Scumdogs Of The Universe, America Must Be Destroyed, and This Toilet Earth are their first run at a more metal sound. Alot of the punk is left over and the do minimal experimentation with other genres.

Ragnarok, Carnival Of Chaos, and We Kill Everything were definitely their experimental phase. Ragnarok was a little closer to the previous three but definitely was the beginning of the drift in musical direction. Carnival Of Chaos was all over the place but I found to be a pretty decent album. Also brought on the best era of their stage show. We Kill Everything was an attempt at the return of their Hell-O style of music. Few decent songs but overall the album sucked. The band even hates it and considers it their worst.

Violence Has Arrived, War Party, Beyond Hell, Lust In Space, and now Bloody Pit Of Horror are a return to their metal days. But this time the band lineup is much better musicians and all 5 of these records rule. They seem to get heavier with each outing.

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