Review / photos: GWAR bring bloody brilliant metal to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa
Yes they came back. And GWAR did not disappoint.
Those of you that have seen GWAR in the past know what to expect from these alien human-hating rockers. If you missed Friday’s show at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa ... shame on you! Their costumes and stage visuals are getting better each time they tour. This show was just what GWAR fans needed, from some old GWAR tunes (opening with Horror of Yig) to newer songs from the upcoming release GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror.
The mess created by GWAR is enough to make your mother cringe (for you slackers still living at home). If you were within 20 feet of the stage, you were sure to get some red liquid on your combat boots.
GWAR’s stage show is full of politics and sexual innuendo, and they didn’t miss this time around. A character portraying Sarah Palin was dismembered, as if to remind us who not to support politically. And they promoted their anti-dogfighting campaign (Fight Humans Not Dogs) by displaying a puppet dog and juicing the crowd with red doggy matter.
So the stage show, as usual, was not disappointing. The musical portion of the concert was just as interesting.
Mobile Death Camp, Infernaeon, and The Casualties opened the show. The Casualties completely shredded old-school-style punk, and could have headlined their own show. Being teamed up with GWAR was just what Tampa needed. I almost forgot how much I love old-school punk!
After my mind was wounded and in awe from The Casualties, the Scum Dogs of the Universe known as GWAR took the stage. The crowd was anticipating carnage, and carnage they received. GWAR has never disappointed musically. And while they’re not the most technical metal band under the ozone, their riffs are tight and always keep the audience wet, messy and pumped with energy. The songs from the new CD showcase a heavier and more aggressive extraterrestrial thrash metal. Who pissed off lead singer Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie) to make the new music so impressively tormented? We all did. GWAR hates humans!
I give the latest GWAR performance 3.5 human heads out of 4.
— Review/photos by Andrew Carlton, tbt*