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With there being an overabundance of metal bands hiding behind gory masks and costumes circa the early 21st century, some forget that GWAR was one of the first to specialize in this "comic book/horror movie" style and approach. And what has set GWAR apart from most of the "masked metal competition" is that they have always had a sense of humor in what they've done, while some of the similar-looking bands that followed in their path take things a bit too seriously. You've got to give GWAR some credit — they're still at it (decades after first appearing on the scene), as evidenced by the arrival of their 12th studio album overall, 2010's Bloody Pit of Horror. As with past GWAR releases, you know exactly what to expect before your "listening experience" begins: Metallica-like buzz-saw riffing, grizzly/gory lyrics, etc. And wouldn't you know it? Bloody Pit of Horror sounds just like their previous albums! Take a gander at such song titles as the album-opener "Zombies, March," as well as "A Gathering of Ghouls," and "Hail, Genocide," and you know exactly what lies ahead. Also included is a song in which the band does their best "Type O Negative impersonation" (especially the vocals of GWAR's leader, Oderus Urungus), perhaps as a tribute to recently deceased Type O founder, Pete Steele. While GWAR is still obviously best experienced on the concert stage (they continue to offer the most over-the-top stage show in all of rock), Bloody Pit of Horror won't let the GWAR faithful down.

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it's Gwar, and i love it. would be perfect for Rock Band 3

GWAR has come far...

Back in the 80's it was difficult to think of GWAR as anything other than a novelty act with their outrageous costumes, over the top live show, and low-fi hardcore sound. However, after 25 years of putting out albums, to call them a novelty act would be woefully ignorant of their influence on pop culture as well as their progression as musicians and songwriters. Simply put - from "Violence has arrived" onwards GWAR has put out consistently excellent albums and really defined their musical sound (mostly thrash metal but with a hardcore lyrical wit and death metal-esque imagery). "Bloody Pit of Horror" is a success on every level if one is open to GWAR's unique artistic vision. Similar to Dethklok (although predating the virtual death-metallers by decades) GWAR embrace the paradoxical absurdity of violence as a form of entertainment: how can the worst things imaginable be enjoyable to experience even vicariously? The answer, of course, is that it is both empowering and cathartic to confront the horrors of existence and come away unscathed. Moreover, the more terrifying the times one lives in - the greather the need for this sort of therapeutic escapism. Dave Brockie (Oderus) like Brendan Small (Dethklok) and Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park) also understands the importance of irony as a lense to observe the most distubing elements of our culture without flinching -adding a needed layer of social commentary to the voyeurism and elevating what could have degenerated into porn to the level of art (or perhaps it is porn as art - you be the judge).




Formed: Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

GWAR (popularly thought to be an acronym for God What an Awful Racket, despite the band's protests to the contrary) are thrash metal's answer to the more mainstream satire of Spinal Tap. Gory, sexually perverse, and scatological in the extreme, GWAR were formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers. The group claimed to consist of all-powerful interplanetary warriors, descended from aliens stranded in...
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