Gather around ladies and gentleman, boys and girls and let me tell you the true story that started ages ago of a group of hateful intergalactic warriors who brought terror to the galaxy, universally known as GWAR, aka, The Scumdogs of the Universe. GWAR was found guilty of cosmic crimes and banished to a little blue planet named Earth. For millions of years GWAR was frozen in the continent of Antarctica. For millions of years GWAR slumbered, until the 1980’s when the pollution of this planet thawed these warriors from their deep sleep. Now GWAR roams the Earth with two goals: the elimination of the human race, and annihilation of reality itself.
GWAR discovered one thing while on their path of destruction: metal music. After a three year absence they are back with their 13th studio album, “Battle Maximus.” This album is a tribute to the unfortunate passing of lead guitarist Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot) in 2011 from a heart attack brought about by pre-existing coronary artery disease. The album also serves as an introduction to Flattus‘s cousin Pustulus Maximas, aka Brent Pergason from the band Cannabis Corpse.
“Battle Maximus” serves as a concept album starting with the track “Intro” where Oderus Urungus, the leader and singer of GWAR, tells the tale of the super villain Mr Perfect, who has traveled through time and space to wage war against GWAR.
In my opinion, “Battle Maximus,” is GWAR‘s heaviest offering to date. The fearsome combination of lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus, rhythm guitarist Balsac the Jaws of Death (Mike Derks) and bassist Beefcake the Mighty (Jamison Land) is lethal. They offer up frightening death metal riffs, substantial bass lines and vicious solos on songs such as “Bloodbath,” “They Swallowed the Sun” and “Torture.” The title track, “Battle Maximus,” left me in awe of Pustulus Maximus‘s shredding skills. “Nothing Left Alive,” Triumph of the Pig Children” and “Fly Now” are examples of the technical drumming clinic Jizmak Da Gusha (Brad Roberts) puts on throughout the album. Last but not least is Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) himself. He really shows his vocal range, from the melodic vocals of “Falling,” to the wailing in “Madness at the Core of Time” and the rumbling growl of “Bloodbath.” Warning to all of those with weak stomachs, all of GWAR‘s albums are chock full of horror movie-like song titles and lyrics, and “Battle Maximus” is no different. “Raped at Birth,” “I, Bonesnapper” and “Torture” paint gruesome pictures. GWAR enlisted additional guitar help from Twatticus Maximus (Ol Drake), Spattus Maximus (Zach Blair), Skookum Maximus (Todd Evans) and Tyrone Der Teufel (Mark Duane Morton).
With an awesome debut by Pustulus Maximus and exceptional musicianship from the rest of the band, GWAR has unquestionably proved to me that they are still the rulers of Earth and no one will be dethroning them anytime soon.
One more thing. If the human race values their lives, everyone will go to GWAR‘s website and sign the petition for GWAR to play in something called the “2015 Superbowl Halftime show,” whatever that is.