No more funny lyrics just pure heavy metal. Every song on this album is amazing and very heavy. Every metalhead should own a copy. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR PICK THIS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Their 13th album, the boys from Jersey have delivered a modern thrash metal masterpiece that succeeds in both stroking that seminal fire and moving the band into the new century. Produced by Colin Richardson. Spitfire. 2003.
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Gwar has returned with a spattered new album. The much maligned ‘joke songs’ are missing ( they went on the DBX cd )but there are still clever, satirical lyrics to be had. The varying musical styles of the past few albums have been replaced with pure, hardcore metal. I personally miss the extreme silliness, but this cd is still a great effort.The assault begins with ‘Hell-Intro’and doesn’t let up until the eighth track ‘Licksore’, a hilarious account of a lonely single woman and her starving cat.This is followed by ‘Bloody Mary’which has more of a rock n roll feel.The assault revs up again until the humorous ‘rap’ track ‘The Song of Words’.Gwar says goobye with ‘Happy Death Day’a goofy track that leaves ya smilin. Gwar has proven they can still thrash with the best and haven’t gone soft. I saw a show from this tour, and wish I could say the theatrics are as good as the album, but here’s where not doing the usual ‘concept’ album didn’t work…..we miss ya Slimey. If you like gwar, buy ‘Violence’, if you like no-holds barred metal, you should buy it too…hell, everybody should buy it.
This is one of GWAR’s best yet. It was a great album. It was more metal than punk (as in previous albums) This is one of GWAR’s sickest albums also. The album only has 2 of the cuss words in the entire album. All of the songs are about violence, gore, blood, and battles. Although I am surprised that track 13 “Happy Death day” made it on the album because of what went on with Columbine. Gwar has changed their style in music and their costumes are better on the cover art. If you liked “Scumdogs of the Universe” and “America Must be Destroyed” then definetly buy this one but if you like their more punk/thrash then this may be a disappointment. My personal favorites are “Abyss of Woe” “Licksore” and “The Song of Words” What is also good about this album is GWAR dropped the whole comedy lyrics and the songs are more grotesque. All in all it is a very good album if you are a GWAR fan like me you should like it. I bought the album and loved it. I hope you found this review helpful, Good Luck.
Violence Has Arrived is billed as Gwar’s return to form, but that’s not entirely valid. The metal presented here doesn’t feel much like Scumdogs or America at all; instead, it’s a lot cleaner and self-controlled, staying within its musical boundaries. That’s not to say it’s bad at all; rather, this angry quasi-concept album focusing on killing, killing, and more killing features some of the most enjoyable Gwar songs in recent memory. The war-chant at the beginning of Abyss of Woe should get any viking fan pumped up, while Oderus’ eloquent enunciation in Anti-Anti-Christ (“Your domes..”) and Apes of Wrath (“Moats..Boats”) is simply stupendous. The only thing missing here are the concept songs, but efforts like Happy Death Day and The Song of Words are *almost* enough to allow one to forget about such narrative omissions. If Violence Has Arrived is any indication of Gwar to come (sounds safe, but what Gwar album has emulated its predecessor?), things are looking great. Highlights: Abyss of Woe, Anti-Anti-Christ, Happy Death Day, Bloody Mary.
I pre-ordered this album …, so I have had about a week or so to listen to and think about this album, and I am confident when I say that this is the best album that GWAR has ever done. Many of their previous albums have had alot of songs which were just flat out bad (Carnival of Chaos anyone?). I have literally listened to Violence has Arrived constantly since I received it. This album is by far the heaviest album they have ever done, and every song is brutally sick and disgusting, yet at the same time wildly hilarious. Here’s a few short lyrics from various songs, so you can see what I mean:From “Bloody Mary”Bloody MarySlutty? Very…I treat my girlfriends even better than Chuck Berry….The mutant we made was really beautiful baby,We fingered and touched himAnd sprayed him with rabies.From “Biledriver” (my favorite)All is for me to destroy,and emptiness employI want to murder everyone in the entire world.Every man and woman, every boy and every girl…The young are simply too dumb to liveThe old are weak and uncleanThe ones in the middle they also must dieTheir ways are obtuse and obsceneBiledriver!Bring forth the Biledriver!From “Abyss of Woe” (my second favorite)(something I can’t make out) attracted great scornBut we ventured onwards through the Tundra of TorSoon I had attracted a posse of trollsWho’d grown fat and sloppy from the roasting of souls.But we were surrounded at the Valley of KrynnAnd it was a battle we never could winBut still I hacked madly with my back to the wallHeeding the horn of my futile callThe mutilated millions I was born to appallHeads leaped from shoulders as they flock to the mall.The Song of Words is also quite hilarious. It’s more spoken than sung, and it’s basically Oderus recounting a brutal killing spree that he, Balsac, Flattus, and Jizmak embarked on where they killed OJ Simpson and “Regis” (I guess he’s referring to Regis Philbin?) (and trust me, they go into a lot of detail about the specific causes of death)Anyway, You get the idea, buy the album. It will definitely tear you a new one.