Violence Has Arrived Review

artist: gwar date: 07/11/2013 category: compact discs
gwar: Violence Has Arrived
Release Date: Nov 6, 2001
Genres: Thrash, Heavy Metal, Comedy Rock
Label: Metal Blade
Number Of Tracks: 13
The mighty GWAR returns in 2001 with their eighth sonic sex-and-splatter-fest, "Violence Has Arrived".
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 10 
 Users rating:
 8.8 
 Votes:
 8 
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overall: 10
Violence Has Arrived Reviewed by: shredderzakk, on march 12, 2007
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Sound: GWAR, as always, never fail to let the shredding manner of their sound be undermined in any way. This CD, released in 2001, is the perfect example to this. GWAR had lost most of their parodic companions (Slymenstra Hymen, Sexicutioner, Techno Destructo and such), and what was left was a more hardcore GWAR than ever heard before! Every song is catchy, and anyone will listen to this album almost every day and never grow tired of it! As usual, this CD has a little impression of a story, which gives them reason for touring the album. // 10

Lyrics: Oderus does it again, this time using a little effect on a few songs, to give his voice a little eerie feel to it. The lyrics, as usual, are full of innuendo's, and are quite funny. They may not be as slapstick as the previous albums, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The previous albums, though funny, got kinda old with their constant use of toilet humor, which is good in small doses. The songs seem to focus a little more on their own views on certain issues, and they still make complete fun out of anything and everything in a parodic manner, just a little more educated humor. // 10

Overall Impression: The Scumdogs once again prove their timeless stature in the annals of rock and roll history, beating out many of the rock, hard rock, and metal cd's that were released in 2001. My personal favorite songs on this are Immortal Corruptor(with a catchy Spanish acoustic intro), Biledriver and Abyss of Woe. And, while they lack the lovely Slymenstra, the provacotive Sexicutioner, and the deadly Techno-Destructo, GWAR(annogram for God, What an Awful Racket) succeds on landing a five sense slaughterfest that is GWAR, and has been GWAR for over twenty years. Long Live GWAR! // 10

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overall: 10
Violence Has Arrived Reviewed by: panterafan198, on july 11, 2013
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Sound: Gwar pull themselves back to thrash metal after their return to Punk with "We Kill Everything." And it is a triumph, creating possibly one of the best Thrash albums ever made. Fast riffs ("Battle Lust," "Licksore") are balanced with great melody and some slower songs ("Abyss of Woe," "The Wheel") which still have plenty to like. Even though the tracks may slow down, the riffs remain just as heavy, with Zach Blair portraying Flattus Maximus and assuming role of lead guitar. Zach's riffs are incredible, with enough diversity and sound to keep you listening to the whole album. Credit also has to be given to the other band members, and they also excel, with Gwar veteran Mike Derks again portraying Balsac the Jaws of Death (rhythm), Casey Orr portryaing Beefcake the Mighty (bass) and Brad Roberts returning as Jizmak da Gusha (drums). Having such a collection of talented musicians really gives the album a sound of the highest quality. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are humorous in a very dark way. Lyrics range from sexually explicit ("Bloody Mary") to possibly offensive ("Happy Death Day"). However, the lyrics have a great feeling of satire to them, so nothing feels like it's trying to be overly dark or political. This is where Gwar founder and lead vocalist Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) truly succeeds. The imagery provided by the lyrics is also exceedingly gruesome, with nasty images provided by songs like "Abyss of Woe" ("...A posse of trolls, who had grown fat and sloppy from the roasting of souls!") and "Licksore" ("Kitty loves mommy, kitty loves the taste. Kitty loves mommy, kitty loves Salami.") However, if you are easily offended/disgusted, this is NOT an album for you! // 10

Overall Impression: "Violence Has Arrived" truly contends for Gwar's greatest album, and possibly one of the best Thrash albums ever. This album surpasses all of Gwar's other great work, and can truly be considered a triumph. If your looking for songs that stick out, look into "Biledriver," "The Wheel," "Immortal Corrupter," or just the entire album! For first time listeners of Gwar, I would definitely recommend starting here. I did, and even after hearing all of Gwar's many other albums, I still find myself coming back for more. // 10

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