Gwar - The Glass House, Pomona
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 12:21:39
"Bring back the bomb," bellowed Gwar vocalist Oderus Urungus halfway through the band's set in front of a packed crowd at The Glass House in Pomona, California. This came right in the middle of one of Gwar's heaviest salvos, aptly titled, "Bring Back the Bomb." Of course, there had already been the requisite explosion of fake blood and other colored liquids, but that doesn't mean more stuff can't blow up.
Starting with destroying ear drums, Gwar were louder and heavier than ever. However, all of their charm remains in tact, even after over 22 years of blood-splattering, metallic fun. The band killed numerous dummy incarnations of pop culture and political icons during the set, blanketing the crowd in goo. Fresh off Bam Margera's "Viva La Bam Tour," Oderus just couldn't resist killing Bam and his uncle Don Vito over some of the funniest sound bites in the band's history. Osama got it good, as well as a giant Lucifer that could barely fit on the small Glass House stage. The kids loved every second of it, and even after all this time Gwar remain relevant.
Perhaps it's because band mastermind, Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus, keeps his ear to the street. New characters are always murdered, and there's something downright cathartic for fans of all ages about thrashing to heavy metal and coming home covered in blood. Legendary theatrics aside, Gwar bludgeon with sharp riffs and grooves. Crowd favorites "Maggots" and "Salamnizer" hold up alongside the tighter, thrashier new cuts, "Beyond Hell" and "War all the time." At an hour and 15 minutes, Brockie and Co. know when to call it quits, victoriously carrying a pig dressed as a cop off stage at the end of the set to a roar of applause.
However, Gwar weren't the only showmen on this bill. Openers Three Inches of Blood held their own in front of Gwar's diehards. Their combination of high energy movement and blood curdling choruses about "Night Merauders" and "The Goatrider's Horde" could've come from Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford. It's refreshing to see a young band pull off the classic '80s style with reverence and a twist of their own. Not to mention their set closer "Deadly Sinners," which summoned fist pumping and singing from everyone in the house. A headbanging good time in deed, thank God they brought back the bomb, even with a little cheese.