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GWAR - Lust In Space (5/10) - USA - 2009

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 44:40
Band homepage: GWAR

Tracklist:

  1. Lust In Space
  2. Let Us Slay
  3. Damnation Under God
  4. The UberKlaw
  5. Lords And Masters
  6. Metal Metal Land
  7. The Price Of Peace
  8. Where Is Zog?
  9. Make A Child Cry
  10. Release The Flies
  11. Parting Shot
GWAR - Lust In Space

I canít really say for certain why the bosses here at TMO thought it was a good idea to send me not one, but two GWAR CDs to review, but alas, thatís what Iíve been faced with, so Iím trying to make the most of it. You see, Iíve always found GWAR to be one of those bands that only diehard fans can really enjoy in large doses (I myself am good after a song or two, if I must listen to them at all), as the music is basically just a retread of Groove/Punk-tinged Thrash, with rather oddball vocals and even odder lyrics.

 

Unlike GWARís earliest albums, when even the bandís musicianship was (rightfully) called into question, these last several albums has seen a marked rise in instrumental prowess. This certainly makes the albums more enjoyable for the average metalhead, but even that can only take you so far. When it comes down to it, ďLust In SpaceĒ will still be considered a little too over-the-top/tongue-in-cheek for most listeners, especially as the goofball lyrical standpoint goes. In fact, I can really only see GWARís lyrics appealing to teens who enjoy piss and fart jokes, and maybe to those you enjoying the use of certain mind-altering substances. And unfortunately the vocals/lyrics are way too large a part of the overall album to simply be ignored, even while the music is enjoyable for the most part.

 

Basically, what it comes down to is that you donít need me to tell that if you like GWAR, youíll like ďLust In SpaceĒ (and probably already own it), and if you donít, this album isnít likely to change your mind. Itís a decent release thatís just a little too silly to make friends with most metalheads.

(Online March 12, 2010)

Eric Vieth



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