Violence Has Arrived review by GWAR

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  • Released: Nov 6, 2001
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.8 (8 votes)
GWAR: Violence Has Arrived

Sound — 10
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.

Lyrics — 10
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!

Overall Impression — 10
"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.

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