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Released: Nov 9, 2010
Genre: Shock Rock/Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Number Of Tracks: 11
GWAR includes some of the band's punk roots without forgetting how to play Thrash Metal, while arguably forgetting how to innovate. Mixed emotions.
Bloody Pit Of HorrorFeatured review by: UG Team, on november 17, 2010 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: GWAR has surprisingly returned to their early punk roots on Bloody Pit of Horror. With the realisation that GWAR would be incorporating 8-string guitars on this release, I expected greater technicality to the band's music. Although it isn't played at breakneck thrash speed, Bloody Pit of Horror is perhaps not as technical as one might expect, but there's still enough sweep-picking to satisfy the virtuosos out there.
Zombies March, the album opener, is a sordid affair, introducing the listener to this stripped down sound. Of course, sordid in GWAR-terms is a positive, and it's a solid album opener. The guitar riffs are fast paced, although somewhat lacking in distortion. In fact, Zombies March ismusically, of course, quite a clean, listenable track, a trait for which GWAR must be applauded. There is the inclusion of an interesting guitar solo, for which GWAR fans will be grateful. The song has a Misfits horror-punk vibe to it, particularly after the minute-mark.
The doom-influenced, Come the Carnivor (sic) is a disappointing number, while the thrash metal of A Gathering of Ghouls provides enjoyment in abundance. Tick Tits is the next musical highlight of the album, its melodies even threatening to momentarily turn GWAR into a pop-metal band. Then the record label executives heard the lyrics.
Beat You to Death includes a fabulously crafted introductory guitar lead that borrows the drama of KISS, juxtaposing it with the poise of Alice Cooper. The song itself is one for the pit, a brutal number that will only serve GWAR's explosively offensive live show. It's only a pity that the listener is forced to wait until the end of the track for a return of that tasty lead guitar, with a most exciting solo piece.
You Are My Meat is the ballad of the album; it's not quite GWAR's Enter Sandman, but we should be generous to a band whose lyrical and musical content is less than rated for family listening. Nothing should detract from the music mastery demonstrated on You Are My Meat. This is an impressive album standout track.
GWAR doesn't avoid the odd album filler (The Litany of the Slain), and that's to be expected from a band who has been in the game for this long. GWAR might never recover their mainstream popularity, but the band's new releases are rightfully anticipated with great expectation.
7 (Solid, but not quite a valuable addition to the band's back catalogue.) // 7
Lyrics: Bloody Pit of Horror is, lyrically speaking, atypical shock rock, but let's not pretend that GWAR has sprung a surprise on us here. The lyrics aren't exactly deep, and one would be forgiven for letting readers determine what the meaning is of songs such as Beat You To Death; Hail, Genocide, Sick and Twisted, andmy personal favourite, Stripper Christmas Summer Weekend (surprisingly quite a mellow, pop hook-laced song). This is standard material for GWAR, and it's not difficult to see why the band was once one of the most feared bands on the planet. // 6
Overall Impression: Bloody Pit of Horror does well to maintain GWAR's status as shock rockers extraordinaire, but that's all it does. GWAR isn't the sort of band that might be more relevant during one period of time than at another, but the band puts in enough blood and sweat to get by, while the band's live show remains one of the biggest spectacles in rock music. I just don't know how many more songs referencing Aushwitz-Doctor of Death Joseph Mengele I can put up with. Slayer did it years ago, and with KZ Necromancer, GWAR has flogged a dead horse. Aside from the irresponsible use of such characters, I'm sick of the same shock tactics being employed as in the past. Surely GWAR's status as innovators must be questioned. It has been twenty six years, after all. // 6
Bloody Pit Of Horror
DethbyChocolate, on november 17, 2010 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound of the new album can only be described by one word: GWAR. Its a bit heavier then the previous effort (Lust in Space) but with the same great riffage, melody, and ball-busting tone we've grown to love. The single "Zombies March!" is the second of Gwar's to feature an 8-string guitar (the first being "Release the Flies" from Lust in Space.") and its a great innovation! // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics on "Bloody Pit" are a bit less comedic then previous albums, but can still deliver a laugh or two. Oderus Urungus's (Dave Brokie) vocals are top notch, which is almost expected after hearing every other gwar album. Another great innovation is Beefcake the Mighty (Casey Orr) taking over lead vocals for the song "Beat you to Death." // 10
Overall Impression: Bloody Pit of Horror is Gwar's twelfth studio album and it doesn't dissapoint one bit. It offers the heaviness, harmonic solos, and brutal vocals we have come to expect from the greatness of Gwar. The band gets better with every album, and I can't wait to see what they come out with next. // 10
Bloody Pit Of Horror
EpiExplorer, on november 17, 2010 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 7
Lyrics: 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. // 8
Overall Impression: 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. // 8