At some point, let’s say while composing 2001’s Violence Has Arrived album, it must have dawned on Gwar that a Thrashy sound works best for them, and at long last they ejected most of their other various influences into outer space, after years of failed attempts at disparate stylistic gestalts. Bloody Pit of Horror is the band’s most high-intensity Thrash output so far, with some clear Punk and Hardcore influences, and an absolutely amazing, heavy sound. There are a few clunky riffs, though, and even a couple of lame ones, but the impressive drumming can sometimes make up for such deficiencies. Of course the lyrics are goofy -they’re supposed to be. That’s what Gwar’s about, like a Z-level Japanese gore movie. That said, these songs are as memorable as I can remember the scumdogs ever writing. Seriously, try to get “Tick-Tits” out of your mind! Or “Storm Is Coming” (possibly the best track on here). Or “Beat You to Death,” but maybe that’s because Casey “Beefcake the Mighty” Orr sings on it, so it reminds me of his old band, Rigor Mortis, a little. I’m not sure if it’s cool or not that these sickos recently performed “Zombies, March!” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but it did get me to watch that bullshit show for the first (and hopefully last, pending other musical guests) time, although I was hoping that Oderus would disembowel Fallon.
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