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The Blood Of Gods
Released: 2017, Metal Blade
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!
1. War on GWAR
2. Viking Death Machine
3. El Presidente
4. I'll Be Your Monster
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)
BalSac, the Jaws of Death - Guitars
Jizmak Da Gusha - Drums
Beefcake the Mighty - Bass
Pustulus Maximus - Guitars
Blothar - Vocals
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