|Review: Gwar - War Party|
Label: DRT Entertainment
Year released: 2004
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 15, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Rated 3.38/5 (67.5%) (8 Votes)
GWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! There is quite a bit of history to these monsters from Antarctica. It is important to note that this band took a sharp musical turn with their last album "Violence Has Arrived". For those unaware of the comical nature of this band in the past, "Violence Has Arrived" was a huge change in direction. This album is even more serious and musically proficient than the previous effort. GWAR are primarily known for their awesome stage appearance and live shows with only two really big albums that got them where they are - "America Must Be Destroyed" and "Scumdogs Of The Universe." This album is miles away from them, but still a great one.
The masks are still there, but the nonsensical pedophiliac references of the past are gone and in come a more serious, much more pissed off and sarcastic GWAR. The theme of the album is still the same as all their previous ones – these monsters want to destroy the human race. But there is a hidden message behind it and all songs have a 'real world' parallel to them. This album is basically just a big "Fuck You" to world domination and war mongering. These guys are extreme in their approach and if you are going to take their lyrics literally…don't. GWAR is not for everyone. Their lyrics are perhaps why certain metal websites do not have any GWAR albums reviewed there. After all, Warner Bros. too refused to take responsibility and distribute their albums in North America. I guess they just don't understand that this is a gimmick band and they probably took them seriously.
Musically, there are some punk influences here, but overall, this is as good as modern day thrash metal gets. The vocals are something to get used to if you have not heard them before and the stop and go riffing might annoy some people. Also, the last few tracks are too similar to each other so I had to dock a whole point for that. But overall, this is good. If you liked the last album, you will like this even more. Much heavier, thrashier and angrier.
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