Review – Gwar: Lust in Space

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Gwar: Lust in Space
Thrash Metal
Metal Blade Records
August 19th, 2009
Release length: 44:35
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The latest opus from Gwar is upon us, and it is perhaps one of their best albums in years. While the band has undergone many changes in their style, the band finally returned to their punk and metal roots recently. Since their album, War Party, the band has continued to expand on their sound, and the end result of this would be Lust In Space, a semi-conceptual album that simply kicks you hard from start to end.

As stated, this album definitely seems as if it was meant to be a conceptual album, but there are still some tracks that just don’t quite seem as if they were originally created to fit the “story”, which is that Gwar escapes their astral prison and roams the universe until they come to Earth to raise hell like they love to do. Much of the album is a straight forward, old school thrash metal masterpiece, with only a few tracks on here that don’t quite fit. “Lust In Space” has a different feel to it musically, and is a much more dramatic track then anything else on this release, as it acts as the introduction to this screwed up tale of debauchery with the band pleading to escape their prison. This leads to the lead single, “Let Us Slay”, which is just heavy and catchy as hell with a chorus that is so simple that it will be stuck in your head for days.

Another thing that stands out about Lust In Space hits you during “Damnation Under God”, and that would be singing. Yes, there are some moments here and there, but predominently during the main verses in that track, that singing vocals are used to add a hint of eery ambience to the song. Not only that, but this album has also brought in some keyboards to help the effect of a futuristic astral setting. We’re not talking about keyboards that are through the whole song, or just a vew notes played in one song and that’s it, but at key moments in the song, you’ll hear some keyboard effects that really give the music a stylish feel to them. However, this doesn’t mean that the band has taken themselves seriously. The best part of the album is that, no matter how serious the music sounds, the screwed up lyrics that we have all come to know and love about Gwar are still here. “Metal Metal Land” is a great example of this, with a track that borders more on the punk side at times, but lyrically is just out there at moments. And, of course, you cannot forget “Where Is Zog?”, which is about Gwar searching for someone named Zog, and finding him on the streets, leading to a rather funny conversation between Oderus and Balsac, as well as “Make A Child Cry” which is honestly about what the title hints at.

Lust In Space features some of the band’s tightest material yet. “The Uberklaw”, for example, has one hell of an insane guitar riff with some great drumming int he background, and “Lords And Masters” is just a non-stop thrash song that just sounds like classic Gwar but more refined. However, the track “Release The Flies” is a total oddball on the album, being performed vocally by Balsac (according to the insert with the album), and having more a sludge, stoner metal feel to it. After a few spins, the song will grow on you and quickly become a welcomed track to the recording, prior to the closing chapter, “Parting Shot”, which is essentially just Oderus bidding farewell to Earth, and leaving the listeners with some great facts of life and words to live by.

For any fan of Gwar, or old school thrash in general, Lust In Space is an absolute must own album, and is easily one of the best releases in 2009. Even if you hate this band, the music on this album is far superior to just about anything the band has put out after their first two, three releases, and deserves more then just a passing glance at your local CD retailer.


01. Zombie March – 4:33
02. Come the Carnivor – 2:23
03. A Gathering of Ghouls – 2:07
04. Storm is Coming – 3:54
05. Tick-Tits – 3:18
06. Beat You to Death – 3:39
07. You Are My Meat – 2:33
08. Hail to Genocide – 2:19
09. KZ Necromancer – 3:19
10. The Litany of the Stain – 4:16
11. Sick and Twisted – 3:42
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

Gwar
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Metal Blade Records.