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GWAR Returns The Maggot To New Orleans

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The Hangar was packed for the return of GWAR on the “Return of the Maggot” Tour. The terrible incident that GWAR had been through hung in the air with curiosity about what exactly the show would be like. However, that did not stop the reveling mass from enjoying the other bands.

Texas thrash metal outfit Warbeast has been storming the country over the past year in support of their rhythmic destructive debut "Krush The Enemy" released on Phillip H. Anselmo's label Housecore Records. Fueled by a wall of amps, frontman Bruce Corbitt paced the stage with a warrior’s presence, delivering an energetic and almost arena-ready metal show. Songs such as "Scorched Earth Policy" brought the audience to the days of thrash and hybrid metal fusion to the forefront with no-apology guitar shredding, soaring solos, and a guttural chorus that compelled the audience to raise their fists and sing along by the middle of the song. The songs were played tight like crowd favorite "We are the Vultures." It reaffirms their axe to the grind work ethic by getting the crowd into a 80's style circle pit and cheers could be heard over the thunderous drums played by the young Joey Gonzales. Of all the times I have seen Warbeast, this crowd was the perfect setting, as they were hungry for something that will literally get the blood flowing. The sound is flawless; huge sound and setting the tone for a classic metal show from start to finish.

Since the tragedy that struck GWAR occurred, I didn’t know what to expect. Would there be a replacement musician? Would they mention Flattus Maximus at all? Those questions were answered in just minutes of their set beginning. A character named Death entered the stage threatening the crowd with his wrath. Oderus Urungus challenged him yelling, “Fuck You Death!” It seemed that the show was almost built around Cory Smoot’s untimely death. Oderus continued, “Today Flattus Maximus is on his way back to his home planet,” as debris was being thrown around. There was no plastic tarp at The Hangar; the lights and speakers became soaked with beer and GWAR’s own liquids. Definitely a highlight of the night, Bonesnapper ripped out Snooki’s entrails and doused the surging crowd. GWAR also used something new to further wet their fans, a Jaegergun that shot premium liquor straight into their mouths. During “Genocide” Oderus claimed during an instrumental part, “Flattus would normally have the lead. Flattus, you motherfucker!” Shortly after, Bonesnapper dueled with Death, eventually deafeating him. Oderus stated that on his way to the home planet, “Flattus will be making a stop at Metal Metal Land,” and immediately went into the song of the same name. After a brief faux show end, the crew walked back on the stage. Oderus finally said, “We are the Mighty Gwar, and we can never die. Fucked up shit happens. But I promise you, we will never make a record with Lou Reed. We shall return and our wrath will be terrible to behold!”

This show was a very fitting tribute to a fallen friend. I think that the emphasis on the death was very tastefully done in a very gory setting.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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1. Dethbass writes:

Saw the show in philly, and I'm not gonna lie. When they left the stage at the end of the show and just had Flattus's guitar all by itself under the spot light, I welled up.

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2. Rex_84 writes:

Who is Bonesnapper?

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3. Trey writes:

I was up front for Warbeast and Gwar, even was backstage with them during the middle band, cool as hell guys.

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4. Cynic writes:

Bonesnapper's a troll minion. A bit like Gor Gor - good for killing and has an a$$ kicking title song!

Great review, love to hear what GWAR's up to, seems Oderus is as funny as ever.

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5. Gwar-b-q-ed writes:

RIP Corey, missed seeing gwar in toronto a week before he died. Was a major letdown im glad they continue to play. And having a liqor projectile cannon is the single greatest draw to a metal show i have ever heard.

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6. Necrovomit writes:

"But I promise you, we will never make a record with Lou Reed." lmao, gwar never gets old. i hope these guys play until they're old as f***

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