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Album Review

Chock-full of random derision, expansive snarkiness, and low-down garage sensibilities, Carnival of Chaos is Gwar at its best. The snapshots of a cartoon apocalypse and over-the-top deviance of this 1997 Metal Blade release are in strict keeping with the group's foul vision. The punk-inflected chugging and whining guitar lines make this one of Gwar's most sylized and, well, listenable releases to date. But the bizarre and frequently self-effacing lyrics are what make Carnival of Chaos one of Gwar's best offerings. "Penguin Attack" is an absolute hoot, with some of metal's all-time funniest lyrics: "They are on a rampage/They were first to fight/They would write a new page/If they could only write." Other choice cuts include the hardcore-esque "If I Could Be That" and the '80s pop of "I Suck on My Thumb." Stripped down and full of goofy but vibrant anxiety, Carnival of Chaos is a must for the thinking Gwar fan (if such a creature exists).

Customer Reviews


This album is a must for GWAR fan. My personal favorites are "Back to Iraq" and "Antartican Drinking Song". Their style is so unique, so original, so... disgusting! You haven't experienced the vibe of GWAR until you've been to one of thier shows! I pity the man who has to clean up after them.

Good but not the best

This is a good album but if you just getting into Gwar you may not appricate this for what it is. If thats the case go for America must be destroyed and some of the older ones and then check this one out.

Shim Shiminy Godd*mn Good

This is one of the better Gwar albums..I have all of them, even the ones itunes doesn't carry, but this one is much better than even the newer stuff. Don't waste your time, buy the whole album, if you don't like a song at first, TRUST me, it'll grow on you like a sick little wart in no time.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Comedy, Metal
  • Released: Mar 25, 1997
  • Parental Advisory

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