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  • I’ve been a GWAR fan since Scumdogs first came out. I remember it well, because that was the first EVER cassette tape I bought as a kid. I believe I was only 10yrs old at the time and after listening to it, my mom found it and threw it away in disgust.

    Isn’t that the point of GWAR though? To disgust you in a way that when it boils down to it, becomes comedic?

    GWAR gets a bad rep because they’ve been blown off numerous times as a “gimmick band” because of their costumes. Slipknot is a gimmick band, GWAR is talent with some costumes thrown in to create atmosphere (hell, they have a background story explaining that they’re aliens that came to earth on a giant maggot).

    GWAR is often times critisized for their music. Not only because most of it is extremely offensive and obscene, but also because they “lack talent”. While there’s quite a few songs that overall in their career, I really didn’t like, they still make some GREAT metal, punk, hardcore, and hell…even country.

    This album, along with their previous release, Violence Has Arrived will prove to the critics that they are more then a comedic band that does off the wall songs.

    Their 2001 release, VHA along with this new album, show a more mature GWAR (is there even such a thing as “mature” and GWAR? haha). What I mean by that, is that there aren’t anymore “comedy” songs, no more “country” songs, no more “obscure songs by the Morality Squad”, etc etc etc. This album and their last album are considerably toned down from offensive content and concentrate on what matters most, THE MUSIC.

    War Party put a smile to my face…these guys STILL rock. War party is a nicely put together meshing of punk and hardcore songs with some good metal in the mix as well.

    Allthough some of their previous albums were actually pretty bad,it was mainly due to GWAR being “all over the place”. Take a look at “Carnival of Chaos” for example. It has some good tracks, but many of them can’t be taken seriously and quite a few of them are “experimental”, many times not even using lead vocals “Oderus Urungus” for the vocal work and using other “spin-off” GWAR members like “Techno Destructo” and such.

    GWAR is fun, no doubt about it. While they have “matured” over their last effort along with this one (concentrating on very well written music over gimmicks), I do kinda miss those good old days where you’d have Oderus singing about raping little kids (complete with “baby crying” sound bite in the background). It almost seems like there are 2 different versions of GWAR…

    1)the over the top, offensive, “experimental” GWAR

    2)the down to business, wonderfully thought out, music experts

    …All in all, you really can’t lose with either version of GWAR, but this album is number 2 on that breakdown.

    GREAT ALBUM, if you like it, also pick up 2001’s “Violence Has Arrived”.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have been a Gwar fan since high school (oh so many years ago). I stopped listening to their cd’s after Carnival Of Chaos. Ragnarock and We Kill Everything just did not do it for me. But, my friends told me that Violence was really good. Alas, the shows for that tour in NYC were cancelled so I didn’t pay much attention to them. But, I got to listen to some of the songs from War Party because they were going to be in town. Those songs blew me away. It was a return to the sound that attracted me to them in the first place. Great thrash metal with a sense of humor. War Party is a great album. So good it made me track down the cd’s I had missed or didn’t have anymore. You know, the search for songs to put on your ipod. It is the kind of cd that in the age of shuffle you can listen to from start to finish. And their live show for it is just as fun. This cd made me a born again Gwar fan. Stand outs include Krosstika, Womb with a view, Decay of Granduer and You Can’t Kill Terror. And if you get a chance to see them on the Sounds Of The Underground tour, GO!!!! If only just to see them support this album. They play a lot of old stuff, but a lot from this cd. GWAR!!!!!

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Continued creativity and innovation for 20 years is a feat for any musical act. This applies especially to one whose notoriety is based on being comprised of intergalactic monsters bent on world-domination and baby-consumption. Therein lies the greatness of Gwar, whose dedication to repeatedly performing some of the best metal to befall human ears is often and unfortunatey under-appreciated due to their stunning theatrics.

    Then along comes WAR PARTY, which I tore open on October 26th with the expectations of an 8 year-old on Christmas morning. The album exceeded my hopes, and has rarely left my CD player since. It represents a stripped-down, more focussed Gwar, Violence Has Arrived’s angrier, and yet more concise, younger sibling. The title track and Krosstika are perfect demonstrations of this new, yet not unfamiliar Gwar sound, and Bonesnapper… well, Bonesnapper may very well be the war metal anthem of our generation.

    Of course, no Gwar album review would be complete without considering the lyrics, which fit the ominous nature of the music perfectly. Gone are the days of “I Suck On My Thumb”, and in their place, scathing satires of extremely current social issues, particularly the debacle in Iraq. And only Oderus, being who he is, can unite Christianity and Nazism in such a positive manner.

    In summation, it doesn’t matter if Gwar are considered an amazing theatrical act with the bonus of good music, or a great metal act with the benefit of an entertaining stageshow. Gwar have once again set the standard for satirical entertainment and music to joyously get your ass kicked to, next time they come to your town.

    No metal fan will regret purchasing this album.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Let me lead in to this review with the griping, because it is not good to appear soft while critiquing the bulbous flatulence that be GWAR. My first impression was, “Where’s the production value?” The insert and art were pale compared to the fantasy art spread within VHA, and even the song tracks were not labeled when I popped it into my player. And only 38 minutes of music? After three years? Lazy stoners!

    So that is the list of stuff that fell short. Why do they still have five stars lounging above this r-tarded review? Because you don’t usually buy a CD for the special fold-out picture of a styrofoam dinosaur straddling wreckage (that you subsequently can never figure out how to refold properly)! I wondered where all those production bucks went, right up until I listened to the music and realized… ah, right there. Quite possibly this is the cleanest and most perfectly musically constructed thing GWAR has ever released, and true fans may need to splatter the CD itself with filth and juices to acclimatize themselves to a new approach from the Scumdogs: Putting 95% of their focus into the songs.

    And actually, 38 minutes is far from short when every song is so searingly fast. Most of the songs are 3-4 minutes long, and at the speed they are played each one is worth a couple! Pure, dense, bloody-eared, abrasive substance. And while I mourn the lessening of excessive drug and necro-bestial slumberparty references, there is enough hardcore sickness in the new refined Oderus’ words to keep me cackling and breaking my furniture for another three years.

    So knuckles to concrete you sloppy-eyed slaves! Pay respect (and 3.95 shipping) to the masters’ bilious concerto of demise, and buy copies for every person you hate or love (wuss).

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When I first heard this album I wasn’t crazy about it. I thought it was good but perhaps a little to “HEAVY’ for my GWAR tastes. But after listening to it a few times it has grown to be one of my GWAR favorites. It is their cleanest sounding album since A.M.B.D. The vocals are outstanding and the music is damn near untouchable. There is not a metal band out there today that can touch GWAR. They have kept it real for almost 20 years. I could name a lot of other great bands that somewhere along the line lost their magic but not GWAR. Sure they had some bumps in the road, but after 18 years of making music they are proving their status as metal gods.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now