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Album Review

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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Why

Why do idiots that don't like Gwar in the first place waste their time to comment on how bad they think they are? I am not a Hinder fan so you will not see me commenting on their music.

By Far Not The Best

Oh GWAR what happened to you? After your last release Lust In Space was such a triumph I was sure that Bloody Pit Of Horror would be at least equally as good. I was wrong so very very wrong. This album lacks the brilliance of past GWAR albums (Scum Dogs, America Must Be Destroyed). Bloody Pit Of Horror feels rushed and the lyrics are sub par. Dave Brockie is an amazing writer and his vocal abilities are truly one of a kind. I guess I am just disappointed with this album. I will say that I don't hate this album I just feel that GWAR can do better. I will say however that I saw GWAR on tour recently and it was one of the best shows that I have ever seen. I'm in my mid 30's and started going to GWAR shows when I was 15 so hat's off to you for still putting on the best shows after so many years.

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Biography

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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