Reviewed: December 2010
Released: 2010, Metal Blade Records
Long-time foes of common decency, GWAR, return with their twelfth full-length when it feels as though their previous opus has only just barely been consigned to the annals of history. Not that many, save their fans, noticed mind you. Observers will point to 1995\’s needlessly eclectic and pointlessly madcap RAGNAROK as the stitch in time when GWAR went from heroes to zeros in the eyes of the critics and ever since then it\’s proven a very steep climb out of the depths of obscurity.
It\’s ironic too, given that these comic gore mongers have been putting together some of their finest work over the past eight years or so. Their live performances remain the stuff of intestine-soaked legend too; a clear-cut case of arrested development that\’s comforting on several levels. With BLOODY PIT OF HORROR you know exactly what you\’re going to get therefore – riffs that straddle the divide between modern metal and old-school thrash, partnering with juvenile odes to splatter and moral decay that\’s delivered by one of the most distinct voices in the game. Indeed Oderus Urungus – now also a veteran of several appearances on Fox News\’ Red Eye – proves to be in particularly comically cantankerous form on the likes of \”Gathering of Ghouls\” and the excellent \”You Are My Meat\”.
The strangely hollow production is disappointing, as it lends nothing to guitarist, Flattus Maximus\’ eight-string delivery. Not that you\’d ever sign up to listen to a GWAR album because you wanted to hear a shredding masterclass though. As it is, BLOODY PIT OF HORROR is catchy, entertaining and sometimes that\’s all you need really.
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1. Zombies, March!
2. Come the Carnivore
3. A Gathering of Ghouls
4. Storm is Coming
6. Beat You to Death
7. You Are My Meat
8. Hail, Genocide!
9. KZ Necromancer
10. The Litany of the Slain
11. Sick and Twisted
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) – lead vocals
Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mike Derks (Balsac the Jaws of Death) – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Casey Orr (Beefcake the Mighty) – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on \”Beat You to Death\”
Brad Roberts (Jizmak Da Gusha) – drums, percussion