America Must Be Destroyed is a very underrated metal classic along with many other GWAR albums but this album every metalhead should give a listen to. Every song on this album is good but stand out tracks include “Ham on the Bone”, “Crack in the Egg”, “Gor-Gor”, “Have you Seen Me”, “Blimey”, “Gilded Lily”, “Rock N’ Roll Never Felt so Good” and the less heavy but amazing “Road Behind”. This is their second heaviest album and in my opinion their second best. If you’re into metal I recommend picking this album up. You won’t be dissapointed
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Seriously, us Gwar fans have to get off our lazy rears and start reviewing these albums! (This one in particular being their heaviest and coolest) I finally just stopped being lazy and signed up on Amazon and now I’m writing reviews. Why is this Gwar’s best? 3 Reasons people:
1- It’s basically the heaviest, in-your-face album of theirs next to Vha (which I haven’t heard)
2- It’s arguably their funniest album as well as being the most intelligent (examples Have you Seen Me? and the nicely crafted title track instrumental)
3- Gwar really shows their potential as excellent musicians. Balsac shreds on the axe, Beefcake tears up the bass, Oderus has killer vocals on here (and a variety of them too), and Jizmak brings serious drums.
Oh wait I just thought of another reason, the album art!!!! You just have to see some of the drawings inside the insert, especially for Rock and Roll Never felt So Good (yeah as other reviewers have said, it’s indeed sick). It definitely makes actually purchasing the album worthwhile.
Now I’ll try a feeble attempt at rating my favorite songs:
Ham on the Bone 10/10 An INTENSE, short but sweet opening track. (…) The song is kind of grindcore-esque.
Crack in the Egg 9/10 A nice track telling how Oderus and the gang artificially enhance the egg of a Godzilla-type lizard with injected crack and such.
Gor-gor 9/10 Of course the next track tells of the havoc and mayhem that the newly conceived tyrant lizard creates. With Oderus yelling out ‘GOR-GOR!!!’ this is the epitome of a solid Gwar anthem.
Have you seen me? 9/10 John Walsh, creator of America’s Most Wanted would certainly NOT find this song funny. Well that’s Gwar for y’all, vile, unscrupulous, un-PC. Has a jazzy tune to it actually, pretty cool. It rocks hard toward the end though.
Morality Squad 10/10 I love how these guys poke fun of the uber-PC losers that try and suppress the essence of Gwar. One of their most meaningful songs in their entire catalogue I’d say.
Last but not least, the ultimate ballad, “The Road Behind” 100/10
I just love this one, this is the first Gwar song I heard (when they showed the video on Beavis and Butthead) and I was like, “Dude I have to check this guys out!” So glad I did too since I discovered a band oozing with creativity and individuality. Ya just won’t find a band like this anywhere else. If you like this I urge you to check out This Toilet Earth, Scumdogs, Ragnarok, and I hear VHA and War Party are sweet too.
A lot of people rate this as one of GWAR’s heaviest albums, and that’s just as unfair as the critics who try to lump them in with Thrash Metal. While “America Must Be Destroyed” does indeed have some incredibly heavy songs, it also has some incredibly well-played lighter pieces including a classic rock ballad (or a parody of one) and a jazzy bluesy piece (mostly).
The album opens up with “Ham on the Bone”, a rocking and fast bit of metal that does a great job setting the stage for the rest of the album. “Crack in the Egg” is another hard hitter that, though excellent, mostly sets the stage for the next track- “Gor-Gor”. If the beginning of the album was Thrash Metal, this can only be Extreme Metal since that’s the even harder genre I can think of at the moment. If you’re not head-banging when this tune kicks in, turn in your T-shirt at the door, you’re not a metal fan.
This is where the album changes gears completely. Mostly. “Have You Seen Me?” combines lyrics about abducting children- the title is a reference to the pictures on milk cartons from ages past- with some light and summery instrumentals complete with a ukulele, right before breaking into what might be some of the hardest metal on the album. You can really hear Beefcake (the bassist) tearing it up toward the end. This isn’t just a mixture of styles, it’s a fusion of two impossibly distant genres that devolves into absolute chaos at the end. And it’s brilliant.
The rest of the album is a bit hit or miss, which isn’t a problem since the first few singles are worth the purchase price. Highlights include the Morality squad, sung by an elderly grandmother hellbent on destroying GWAR, and The Road Behind- GWAR’s take on a Rock Ballad that sounds a lot like a satire of a band like Guns & Roses and is all the better for it. ‘Can’t you hear me cryin’, just like a sad whale song?’. I’m really not a fan of “Gilded Lily” or “America Must Be Destroyed” (one of GWAR’s two instrumental songs, though it does feature sampled spoken word) in particular, but the album overall makes up for it.
If you’re a GWAR fan, this album is a nice blend of the old and the new. It has a ton of heavier metal, but also quite a bit of the punk and experimental bits that were more prominent on earlier albums. If you’re not a fan, this is an odd but worthwhile album to get introduced to the band. I might recommend “Scumdogs” or “Violence Has Arrived” as a starting point before diving into this album. Either way, this is an excellent part of the GWAR catalogue, and I’m hoping some of the tracks make it into their next tour (especially “Gor-Gor”).
Not only GWAR’s best but in my opinion one of the best Heavy Metal records ever. From the opening track “Ham on the bone” to the Genius complexity of the title track, every song on this record is great. Don’t be swayed by people who say GWAR is just a joke. I like all of GWAR’s albums but this one most certainly proves they can contend with any band out there musicaly.
GWAR has gone thru many musical metamorphisis changes over the years; from punk, to metal, to thrash – and even experimenting with country and jazz.This is definitely their “heaviest” album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music. Its also mixed to have a really heavy metal sound to it. For those of you that enjoyed their previous album, Scumdogs of the Universe, or just a person who wants to pick up a GWAR record, this album has your name written all over it.Its not a great summary of how GWAR is going to sound in the following years, but if you want to hear the heaviness GWAR is capable of, pick up this album (or “Violence Has Arrived”, which is said to be their heaviest metal album to date).Some highlights of this album are Crack on the Egg… this song focuses on the birth of the tyrant lizard ‘Gor Gor’, and how they ‘conceived’ it. Gor-Gor appears in many GWAR albums following, and finally comes to life in its own song. Have You Seen Me is a GWAR song best noted for the improvisation between Beefcake and Oderus in concerts – but its definitely not a song you want to blast in the car when driving down the road. The Morality Squad is another one of those “GWAR villian” songs. This time, squad leader Granbo (and her goons) want to shut down GWAR forever – why? Because they say GWAR is immoral, they claim GWAR corrupts youth. What do they know? Whats that Granbo…? Cant sing well with Oderus’ sword shoved down your throat? Whoops!As for the title track, its completely instrumental with snippets of political debates and other doodads inserted into the song. I cant say I can get in depth to what it means… I guess GWAR is rebelling against the government in this one (although I dont care… really I dont).Rock & Roll Never Felt So Good was the first GWAR song I heard, and it’s definitely one of the ugliest (but awesome) and most grotesque song that I can remember. Beware of the artwork for that song in the insert booklet, its vile)It appears theres a softer side to GWAR… in the song The Road Behind. Beefcake (Mike Bishop) sings on this song’s chorus. Why they let him sing… no one knows (this song isnt even about him anyway) but he does have a punkish gruffy voice. You’ll also hear Beefcake singing on the last track, Pussy Planet.Ham on the Bone (the first track… listed down here for unknown purposes) is a great song, but I dont know what its about and how it has significance to the album. Thats the same case with Gilded Lily, Poor Old Tom, and Blimey. They’re great songs… but I dont know what their meaning is, as most GWAR songs have meaning and storyline to them.