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KP says: GWAR : "The Blood of Gods"   Rating: Rating: 4/6   
Updated: 2017-11-10 16:31:00    Type:  cd/vinyl review     English  View Comment Details   
What sounded like a mission impossible, has ended up quite differently. With the sad loss of first Flattus and shortly after, the mighty Oderus, it seemed that GWAR had been knocked out for good. I had no hope of ever listening to a new record from my favorite alien space gods. How wrong I was.

"The burden is greater
Since we lost your voice
Still they hate us
As if we have a choice
It's not about money
It's not about fame
We can never stop
Gotta do it again and again

This new album is GWAR as we've always known them. Totally effective kick-ass metal music with fucked up lyrics. Nothing has changed really, and that is just the perfect news. Blothar The Berserker now handles lead vocals and bass, and while he mumbles and babbles way less aggressively than Oderus used to, it's all good and fits in nicely with the music. The song "Phantom Limb" is a key song on the album and pretty much explains their reasons to keep the band rockin' and also touches the sad loss of Oderus.

"Will you ever rise again?
Lights growing dim
I can feel you
Like a phantom limb
Will I ever laugh again?
World looks so grim
I can feel you
Like a phantom limb

The production/mastering is a bit off. It sounds somewhat "compressed" on both digital and the 2 disc vinyl. It's not that bad, but it certainly could have been better. Both the 2LP and the CD come with a poster and lyrics.

Now I'd actually love to see GWAR perform live in Europe again, something I would never have imagined only a few years ago. Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can.

[2017], Metal Blade
GWAR : ´The Blood of Gods´ (cd/vinyl review)
GWAR : ´The Blood of Gods´ (cd/vinyl review)
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