BY: TJ FOWLER
Label: Metal Blade Records
Ok, I am one of those guys who has always HEARD of GWAR and their notorious reputation…but I had never HEARD GWAR before. I knew the stories of their live shows, the story of the band’s hilarious history and of course the passing of their lead singer Oderus Urungus. There was even a kid at the volleyball camp I attended about 20 years ago who was a fan of the band. But again, I never had listened to GWAR. That is…until now…and well…all I can say is what an interesting experience.
On the surface musically, GWAR comes off as a straight ahead metal/hard rock band…all kills and no frills. There isn’t anything flashy in how or what GWAR plays but they construct catchy, straight in your face metal songs. Lyrically the songs seem to have some underlying political themes and bizarre humor…the humor part I get due to my passing knowledge of the band’s ridiculous bio and stage persona. The political and social aspects of the bands lyrics I am not sure about as I am not sure if the band has ever delved too deeply into that territory before. Regardless of the songs themes, most of the songs are all cool little tunes and fun to listen too. Especially, Death to Dickie Duncan, Crushed by the Cross, If You Want Blood (You Got it). Also the, what I think is a tribute to Oderus, touching and humorous Phantom Limb song.
Overall The Blood of Gods was a very welcome surprise for me. I had always dismissed GWAR as something at best, I would listen to LATER at worst toilet turds (Actually toilet turds they might consider a compliment). As it turns out I waited WAY too long to give GWAR a chance…a chance they deserved a long time ago. So I guess now you could say I am a fan of the band, now all I need to do is get an opportunity to see the band live. I hear the best type of clothes to wear is nice, expensive white suit…right?