Sound — 7
Yeeeah, GWAR. If you don't know them, then where the hell have you been living? A stage presence of questionable magnitude but a band of great drinking tunes and old-school headbanging, none come close to the unsubtle beast that is GWAR in terms of, er, magnificent legacy... anyway. Keeping to their heavy thrash sound which has never really faded from our memories, this time around they've decided to jump on the 8 string band wagon. Tuning to the mighty F# sharp (possibly), its immediately obvious from the first song 'Zombies, March!' that it sounds different. Obviously whoever said 7-8 string guitars are for technical players was BS-ing because this new step is only adding to the core of their sound. Surprisingly for first time listeners, its tight and well performed and the riffs and harmonies are somewhat old-school sounding yet also somewhat fresh. But what's really awesome is the old school style production as well, definitely has that 80's underground basement sound. Obviously nothing very major has changed, but its sounding better than Lust In Space, thats for sure.
Lyrics — 8
Oh, Oderus you red-faced maneater man, you. GWAR are master comedians (well, on some planets, maybe not on earth) and hilarity ensues whenever Oderus opens his mouth. Safe to say, his recognisable raspy power metal voice is potent and ready to ravage the worlds of a hundred slave women (or something along those lines) and the lyrics suggest well.. this time around, its got more of a horror theme, in this case ZOMBEHS. Suitably hilarious phrasing mixed with high octane thrash? Yes, and a side helping of kickass backups.
Overall Impression — 8
Often called a comedy band, which is obvious, GWAR are still fantastic musicians and great entertainers so dismissing them in either aspect is downright silly. High speed riffs, solo's, hilarious vocals and lyrics all topped off with great costumes is a warriors call to the metalheads happy hour. Not for the weak or for people without a sense of humour. Songs to look out for: All of them, but 'Tick-tits' and 'Stripper Christmas Summer Weekend' are my two highest recommendations.