There’s not a lot that can be said about GWAR that hasn’t been said before. Despite being known more for their gory characters and horrific stage mutilations, they have managed to release some pretty great songs over the years, and appear to be continuing their metal onslaught with Battle Maximus. No new ground is broken with it musically. It’s still GWAR, and there will be folks that will love the album and those that don’t. If you have enjoyed their more metal oriented recordings then this is a must have album. If you prefer to be slathered in blood, jizz, and other assorted goo and the music is secondary to you, then skip this album and go see the show.
This is a surprising album in many ways, firstly because I hadn’t heard of the band, secondly because of the quality of the music on offer and also because of the range of styles and influences on display. If you like any of the bands mentioned then I would definitely recommend this album and also if you like melodic rock with a heavier edge then this may well appeal too.