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November 21, 2013

GWAR brings gore to Cleveland

By Joshua Hoover

On Nov. 13, the House of Blues hosted GWAR’s “Madness at the Core of Time” North American tour.

Opening band A Band of Orcs started off the concert strongly, causing chaos on the floor with their unique style of brutal orc metal, their own special style of death metal. Between songs, front man Gogog Bloodthroat spoke about the coming apocalypse while spraying the crowd with liquid from his flask. Many in the audience who didn’t know much about the band before the show seemed to enjoy their performance. It looked like A Band of Orcs gained some new followers after their brutal performance.

Following the Orcs, Iron Reagan and Whitechapel took the stage. Iron Reagan’s set left the crowd mostly quiet and unimpressed. Whitechapel was able to bring up the energy in the room, even inspiring the crowd to form the “wall of death” during their last song, crowd favorite “This is Exile”.

Finally, GWAR appeared on stage in their customary costumes, being attended to by a nearly naked man in a loincloth. Opening the show with “Madness at the Core of Time” from their new album, “Battle Maximus”, GWAR quickly showed the crowd why their live shows are legendary, as they began showering everyone on the floor with blood from two statues that were placed on stage.

As the show continued, the band wove a story about a creature from the future, Mr. Perfect (not to be confused with the 80’s wrestler), who was after front man Oderus Urungus, as he held the secret to eternal life within him. The band constantly fought off Mr. Perfect and his creatures, eventually destroying him in his final form.

It wouldn’t be a GWAR show without bloodshed on stage, and this show was no exception. From the evisceration of Justin Bieber to the decapitation of Pope Francis, the crowd was treated to a near-constant stream of gore spraying into them. By the end of the show, the crowd on the floor was drenched in fake blood and other fluids, and they all looked as though they had never been happier.

Though GWAR is fast approaching their 30th anniversary, they don’t seem to have missed a beat. Their new album, “Battle Maximus”, is available now on Metal Blade records.