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New Gwar video for ‘Madness at The Core of Time’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 18th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

GWAR have released a new video for the song ‘Madness at The Core of Time’. The track is taken from the band’s latest album Battle Maximus. Here’s a short statement from their front-man Oderus Urungus:

“We made a video? I have been so busy touring, getting loaded and mouthing off I didn’t even notice. But I am sure it’s the best video ever, simply because GWAR is in it.”

Check it out here:

Battle Maximus is out now via Metal Blade records.

http://www.gwar.net
http://www.metalblade.com/gwar
http://www.facebook.com/gwar

GWAR Tour Still Going Ahead

Posted in News with tags , on 16th November 2011 by Nico Davidson

Following the tragic news that Cory Smoot,image001 better known by his stage name Flattus Maximus, GWAR and their management have confirmed that they still to still go ahead with their 12 date UK tour in January next year. A full statement regarding the guitar position will follow as soon as possible.

Frontman Dave Brockie, otherwise known as Oderus Urungus, has officially announced the retirement of Flattus Maximus in honour of Cory:  “I heard Cory tell a story about how some 20 years ago he was fourteen years old, at his first GWAR show, grabbing at the rubber feet of our then-current Flattus, and how blown away he was at the fact that now HE was the one getting his feet pulled by the same kid that he used to be. Cory was always in awe of the patterns of life and went through it with a wide-eyed amazement that translated through his playing. I’ve never known anyone who could pick up literally any instrument and rock it the first time he touched it, and more than that make it look easy. Behind that rubber monster outfit, and sometimes even obscured by it, was one of the most talented and beautiful people I have ever known. I know everyone who’s life was touched by Cory truly loved him, as do we, his bandmates and brothers.”

Dates for the tour in January are as followed:

12th Jan. Bierkeller. Bristol

13th Jan. Electric @ Brixton. London.

14th Jan. Kasbah. Coventry.

15th Jan. The Ritz. Manchester.

16th Jan. Spring & Airbrake. Belfast.

17th Jan. Button Factory. Dublin.

18th Jan. Central Station. Wrexham.

19th Jan. The Duchess. York.

20th Jan. Sin City. Swansea.

21st Jan. Rock City. Nottingham.

22nd Jan. Sub89. Reading.

24th Jan. Highlights. Portsmouth.

GWAR Set To Rock York

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd October 2011 by Nico Davidson
GWAR Concert - Disemboweling Paris Hilton

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The city of York is certainly one of the most cultural and historic cities within Yorkshire, as well as the north of England. Being home to several different invaders and a long legacy of history, York is slowly becoming a hot spot for the British metal scene with bands such as Sylosis, Soulfly and Uriah Heep already having played gigs there.

Now thrash metal outfit GWAR are set to play The Duchess in York as part of their UK tour. Joining them will be British metallers Viking Skull and Swedish punk rockers Sister! Several residents of York and the surrounding areas have already expressed their excitement about this. Tickets are only a mere £13 in advance or £15 on the door. The event is due to take place 19th January 2012.

More info on the event (and other shows happening at The Duchess) can be found on The Duchess’ website: http://theduchessyork.co.uk/

Battlecross – Pursuit Of Honor [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 1st September 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Battlecross
Album: Pursuit Of Honor
Release year: 2011
Genre: Blue Collar Thrash Metal

The true formation of Battlecross came about in 2007. With a mixture of mature and technical riffs and energetic live shows, Battlecross’ music was soon described as “Blue Collar Thrash Metal” due to their hard working attitude. They have toured with bands such as GWAR and DevilDriver, as well as being featured on local, national and global metal radios, amongst other feats. Following the release of their recent album, “Pursuit Of Honor”, it seems nothing is going to stop Battlecross.

The title track, “Pursuit Of Honor”, leaves the listener thinking ‘what the f**k is this?’ as it entirely composed of a short acoustic guitar medley. Fortunately, the next song “Push Pull Destroy” shreds its way next with a violent intro riff. The drum work is terrifyingly brutal, whilst the vocals are raw, angsty and bloodthirsty. The riffs are slightly technical in their playing and composition, however they favour a straight forward metal assault over the fancy technicalities – Until the song nears it end anyway. The guitar solo is a true display of talent and fits in nicely with the rest of the song. “Kaleb” starts with a slight death metal element to it, boosting the levels of brutality slightly more. The music, does however, show influences of thrash metal. The melodic sections work well with the savagery of the vocals and the barbaric sound of the drums.

”Deception” is another track with a brutalising and heavy introduction, though this one seems to favour its punch over its melodic riffs. Double bass is used heavily throughout the song, being used in every section of the track. There is use of melodic riffs in the second half of the track though not as heavily used as the other riffs. The solo-like introduction of “Man Of Stone” comes next before a thrash-death metal assault begins. The track becomes more thrashy as it progresses, increasing in violence as well. The vocals are full of raw aggression and power, bordering on the line of being psychotic sounding. “Breaking You” as a not so enjoyable introduction, though the vocals soon make up for it. The drums are full of violence but intelligently played as well, making the track sound ever more murderous. The riffs, for the most part, are well composed and played.

Following after is “Rupture” with an intro slightly familiar to that of “Breaking You” but it soon changes as the riffs turn slightly more melodic. The lyrics are grim and vicious, which is to be expected – Though the lyrics don’t sound to be for the faint of heart. Nor do the guitar riffs for that matter. “Leech”, though being heavy, seems laid back compared to the previous tracks. The track seems to be lacking energy and a bit of passion. “Better Off Dead” comes shredding its way next, bringing back the brutal riffs, energy and passion. The vocals are bloodthirsty and immense sounding, dominating the track massively. The riffs are masterfully played and the drums keep the track together.

“Misery” is more slow paced yet more passionate and aggressive compared to some of the previous tracks. The tempo does increase however before the vocals make themselves heard. The riffs are face-meltingly good and the drums are savage and barbaric. The album finishes with “Foreshadowing” which sounds oddly Gothic, which is a strange way to end the album. Even the solo sounds somewhat Gothic.

It’s no wonder Battlecross have done so well in their career. The band is made up for musicial genius’ and talented musicians. “Pursuit Of Honor” is perhaps one of the best albums on the modern thrash metal scene. Battlecross could easily replace one of the top 4 of thrash metal if they keep producing albums like this one.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson