Soundchecks Music Reviews

War Party

DRT Entertainment


review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Formed in the late 1980s by Dave Brockie (Death Piggy), Gwar built upon the antics of Alice Cooper, Kiss, and King Diamond to create an outrageous, bizarre, and perverse live set that consisted of out-of-this-world costumes, kinky and gory theatrics, and an invitation for all-out fan participation. All this weirdness aside, Gwar has released several solid thrash-metal efforts, and the band's latest, War Party, gets down to business right away. Like Violence Has Arrived, War Party is a heavier, more metallic Gwar, which should placate fans who were worried after listening to the likes of This Toilet Earth and Carnival Of Chaos.

Musically, Gwar continues to evolve, this time out paying homage to thrashers such as Metallica and Megadeath while retaining their own unique, punk-driven sound. Drummer and brain-clotted club Jizmak the Gusha combines percussive bursts with solid stick-work up top while bassist and massive war axe Beefcake the Mighty pounds out the low notes, bringing them to the forefront during the quieter moments. Guitarists Balsac, the Jaws of Death, and Flattus Maximus churn out an array of head-banging riffs, catchy hooks, and finger-numbing solos. And then there is Oderus Urangus, the throat-thing who shifts his voice from guttural spews to restrained screams at a moment's notice.

Lyrically, Gwar on War Party swears to annihilate all political movements on the Earth and decapitate anyone stupid enough to proclaim him or herself a leader. Tracks such as Bring Back The Bomb, Bonesnapper, and You Can't Kill Terror will bring out the sadist inside even the most jaded listener. Here's some fodder taken from the title track: "I hear your body burning/ A piping and piteous sound/ The crows tear apart your corpse after the flames have gone down."

War Party comes with a video of the track Womb With A View. So, worm, go out and purchase War Party today.

Edited by Tony Lee
for PIGASUS Press