Granted, Gwar might still not be for everyone’s taste, but even the most casual of listeners may be taken off guard by just how effective The Blood of Gods (their first effort without late singer Oderus Urungus/Dave Brockie, rest in peace) actually is. Along the way, there’s plenty to satisfy many a die hard fan, with the seven-minute, Black Sabbath-inspired “War on Gwar” kicking off the album in true scumdog fashion. “Viking Death Machine,” “I’ll Be Your Monster,” and “Swarm” are just a few more tracks that get the job done right. There’s even an admirable cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It),” and an epic number reminiscent of “The Road Behind” in the form of “Phantom Limb” (in which Blothar/Michael Bishop’s vocal abilities bear a striking resemblance to W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless). Chances are, if you’ve been scribbling Gwar logos on your notebook covers since middle school, you should find something appealing here; if not, than you’re most likely in the wrong place (in that case, why are you even reading this to begin with?!).

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