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Gwar - 'Bloody Pit Of Horror'

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Gwar - Bloody Pit Of Horror

Gwar - Bloody Pit Of Horror

Metal Blade Records
In a shocking turn of events, after making numerous appearances on Fox News, Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus has made the decision to take off the mask and make their latest CD an introspective, acoustic affair. You might have believed me if the title wasn't Bloody Pit Of Horror, which finds the masked alien maniacs in their usual twisted pit of zombies, gore, blood and guts.

Even though their schtick has gained them a strong cult following, Gwar's over the top antics and costumes alone couldn't have sustained a dozen albums if there wasn't some substance behind their style. Bloody Pit Of Horror has some serious riffs behind the tongue in cheek lyrics.

There's a decent amount of diversity on the album. “Come The Carnivor” is a downtuned, doomy track, with the tempo and intensity picking up in a hurry with the anthemic “A Storm Is Coming.” You'll find yourself at least smiling if not laughing out loud at the lyrics in “Tick Tits.” “Beat You To Death” takes inspiration from Motorhead, a simple and catchy punk-influenced ripper.

The CD is a stripped down 37 minutes, which seems about right. There's very little if any filler, and although a couple of songs are marginal, most are effective. Gwar has been releasing albums for a quarter century now, and since they are immortal, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. In the pantheon of their catalog, Bloody Pit Of Horror isn't elite, but it is solidly in the top half of their releases.

(released November 9, 2010 on Metal Blade Records)

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