I've had problems trying to sum up my thoughts for this album. GWAR are always at their best when humour is high (and obvious), and the music is unpretentious (but still technical) and, most of all, fast. So, it's something of a 'what the fuck' moment that the first four songs are something of a suite, ranging from the great (Part 3: ‘A Gathering of Ghouls’ and Part 4: ‘Storm is Coming’) to the downright dull (Part 1: ‘Zombies March!’ is a Slipknot wannabe, and Part 2: ‘Come the Carnivore’ will have Pete Steele (perhaps it's a tribute) spinning in his grave). It's not a great way to commence the follow-up to your 'greatest album of the last twenty years'. Still, GWAR can pretty much do what the fuck they like, and we'll all crawl along. Still, and thankfully, 'Tick-Tits' comes on all familiar after the weirdness of the 'progressive' suite is finished and forgotten. And that's where we stay for the duration of the remainder. If they had ditched the idea of combining the first four tracks into a conceptual story, whilst removing the first two tracks, this could have been a triumph. As it is, it's nearly destroyed by its own lofty ambition. GWAR are fun after all; leave the other bollocks to Dream Theater. Ultimately though, 'Bloody Pit of Horror' has enough moments to leave you grinning at the whole ludicrous affair. And for that, long may they continue.
BLOODY PIT OF HORROR
Review by Steve Cowan
15th Nov 2010
1) The Bloody Pit of Horror Pt.1 - Zombies March!
2) The Bloody Pit of Horror Pt.2 - Come The Carnivore
3) The Bloody Pit of Horror Pt.3 - A Gathering of Ghouls
4) The Bloody Pit of Horror Pt.4 - Storm is Coming
5) Tick-Tits; 6) Beat You To Death
7) You Are My Meat; 8) Hail, Genocide!
9) KZ Necromancer
10) The Litany of the Slain
11) Sick and Twisted
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
"...enough moments to leave you grinning at the whole ludicrous affair. And for that, long may they continue."