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GWAR
The Blood Of Gods
November 2017
Released: 2017, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Losing members in a band is never easy, especially when the personality and soul of your band rested in front man David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus). Gifted with a penchant for eviscerating political correctness and the flaws of society in general, Brockie accomplished this by combining drooling teenaged humor with disturbing madman. Truth be told, I expected the band to fold, much like Type O Negative did after losing kindred spirit, Peter Steele. GWAR chose to continue, knowing full well that anything less than the best foot forward would be rightly seen as a misguided disaster.



Thus, the pressure for THE BLOOD OF GODS to be worthy is immense. Despite lineup changes, setbacks, lawsuits and guitarist Michael Derks recently being diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, BLOOD OF THE GODS delivers. The new album is one of the most musically accomplished in the band’s catalog, with songs that embrace melodic thrash, rock and punk. Michael Bishop, who was Beefcake The Mighty until 1999 has returned to handle vocal duties, as new character, Blöthar. “War On Gwar” leads off the new album and contains unmistakable flourishes of current Kreator with its tremolo verse riffs. “Viking Death” draws its punk/rock inspiration from Motorhead, while “Auroch” is simply blistering, with a nod to vintage thrash via Slayer and a catchy set of riffs. “I’ll Be Your Monster” is pure NWOBHM and helps flesh out the substantial amount of musical variety on THE BLOOD OF GODS. Plus, we even get a respectable cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You Got It).”



For my money, the best track is also the first single from the album, “Fuck This Place”, which is both catchy and pure GWAR in delivery. The band’s chops are on display through the entire album, and if a complaint should be registered it is that this is too much GWAR, clocking in at twelve songs. Naturally, there will be the fans that are bitterly dissatisfied that Oderus is no longer a part of the festivities, and likely lament the highly professional delivery that was often lacking from previous efforts. Still, THE BLOOD OF GODS is an acknowledgement of the past, but is no simple retread. The band clearly has an eye to the future and through refining their sound and variety, GWAR has announced they are not going anywhere and intend to be relevant through the serious delivery of potent music. If you never bought into GWAR, THE BLOOD OF GODS might just change your mind.
Track Listing

1. War on GWAR
2. Viking Death Machine
3. El Presidente
4. I'll Be Your Monster
5. Auroch
6. Swarm
7. The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo
8. Death to Dickie Duncan
9. Crushed by the Cross
10. Fuck this Place
11. Phantom Limb
12. If You Want Blood (You Got It)

Lineup

Blöthar - Vocals
Pustulus Maximus - Lead Guitars
BalSac, the Jaws of Death - Rhythm Guitars
Beefcake the Mighty - Bass
Jizmak Da Gusha - Drums


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GWAR
The Blood Of Gods
November 2017
Released: 2017, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

The blood, the gore, and the on-stage antics of Gwar make them a one-of-a-kind act in the world of metal. Beware, the beast is back! And back with an unmistakable vengeance. THE BLOOD OF GODS is the latest release by these beloved and often underrated musical geniuses.



It’s hard to believe this is their 14th studio release. I remember back in the ‘80s a buddy of mine dragging along to a Gwar show. At the time I had not really heard of them. It was a punk gig but he guaranteed me it would be a show I would never forget. And I have not. Not then or the other two times I have witnessed them. If you have, you know what I mean.



Over the years they have leaned more towards metal than punk, but those elements have been and are still present with their newest album. THE BLOOD OF GODS is the first album since the passing of Oderus Urungus. One which many may or may not have been worried about due to his 25 year reign as the bands front man. No need to fear, Blothar has filled those shoes well. Not sure there are shoes, but whatever.



THE BLOOD OF GODS has all the stylings we as fans have grown to love about the band. Musically this one rolls along in typical Gwar fashion. Lyrically as well. There are plenty of nods to punk, traditional metal and some thrash moments. I have always been somewhat amazed by the sheer talent of Gwar and like many have always wondered how they would be taken without the costumes and insane stage shows. I have on occasion played some Gwar for people without telling them who it was knowing what they thought of the band. They were very impressed and were only looking at the costumes and never really gave the band a chance.



This one ranks right up there with some of their greatest releases. A very well written and versatile metal opus worthy of being on those “top releases” lists. Check it out!
Track Listing

1. War on GWAR
2. Viking Death Machine
3. El Presidente
4. I'll Be Your Monster
5. Auroch
6. Swarm
7. The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo
8. Death to Dickie Duncan
9. Crushed by the Cross
10. Fuck This Place
11. Phantom Limb
12. If You Want Blood (You Got It)

Lineup

BalSac, the Jaws of Death - Guitars
Jizmak Da Gusha - Drums
Beefcake the Mighty - Bass
Pustulus Maximus - Guitars
Blothar - Vocals

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