Power of Metal.dk Review

Battle Maximus
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 8 November, 2013
Playing time: 51:29

They are persistent, those ancient inhabitants of Antarctica. Even after the untimely demise of guitarist Flattus Maximus in 2011, Gwar carry on the fight against evil on this puny little planet of ours. And, I might add, the quality of their music goes up, still.

It's no secret that Gwar wasn't all about the music from the beginning. They are a hilarious live act, and you could argue that the music was of little importance and purely a vehicle for the band to reach the venues. In plain words: Most of the Gwar back catalogue isn't really worth your pocket money.

This has changed. With the past couple of albums, Gwar has become considerably more metal and more coherent. Yes, you could say they started writing real songs. 'Battle Maximus', the new opus from Oderus and the other creatures is that one tick better than what has come before.

I'd go as far as to say that this is a real metal album, with real solos, with real acoustic pieces, precise riffing and all the other things we expect from a REAL metal band and not someone who's 'just' up there for the sake of entertainment. That, for me, makes Gwar so much more relevant and a band I'm looking forward to seeing live again, because in the end, a show is just a show - if the music can't stand the distance, then you can't really be bothered seeing them more than once or twice.

A job well done - non-believers can start here:

01. Intro (1:55)
02. Madness at the Core of Time (3:30)
03. Bloodbath (3:27)
04. Nothing Left Alive (4:04)
05. They Swallowed the Sun (4:56)
06. Torture (4:47)
07. Raped At Birth (3:59)
08. I, Bonesnapper (4:02)
09. Mr. Perfect (5:35)
10. Battle Maximus (3:38)
11. Triumph of the Pig Children (3:50)
12. Falling (2:49)
13. Fly Now (4:49
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Metal Blade Records
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 27 November, 2013
Website: www.gwar.net