War Party (album)

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War Party
Studio album by Gwar
Released October 26, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Thrash metal
Length 38:26
Label DRT Entertainment
Producer Gwar, Glen Robinson
Gwar chronology
Let There Be Gwar
(2004)
War Party
(2004)
Live from Mt. Fuji
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Classic Rock 2/5 stars[2]

War Party is a 2004 album by the band Gwar. It was released on October 26, 2004, being the band's first album in DRT Entertainment. The album was released to positive reviews and has been said by the band to be Gwar's best selling album in recent years.

Overview[edit]

After Violence Has Arrived, Gwar switched labels from Metal Blade to DRT Entertainment. War Party was released October 26, 2004 and continues the decidedly more metal focus reintroduced in Violence Has Arrived. War Party is the most political Gwar album since America Must Be Destroyed tackling such subject matter as the 2004 American election and the war in Iraq in such songs as "Bring Back the Bomb", "Krosstika", "War Party", "The Reaganator" and "You Can't Kill Terror". Dave Brockie has said "...basically Gwar pledges support to the powers who support the war, and we make such a right-wing statement that the right wing would be ashamed to have us."

Gwar still has more gratuitous violent imagery in "Womb With a View", "Fistful of Teeth" and "Bonesnapper" and retains some trademark silliness in the Beefcake hollered French punk song "The Bonus Plan". War Party was supported in fall 2004 by the Mock the Vote tour. The Enhanced CD portion contains a music video for "Womb With A View," which shows a plethora of concert footage from their Spring 2004 tour.

Dave Brockie especially likes this album, as it continues with a heavier musical direction for the band. According to interviews with Todd Evans (Beefcake the Mighty) and Dave Brockie, "War Party" was selling very well, and was attracting new Gwar fans, as well as seeing old ones come back.

Concept[edit]

Although not following a true story per se, unlike many of the band's previous efforts, there seems to be an ongoing concept throughout the album about a fictional political party named "The War Party", with policies dedicated specifically to the eradication of the human race by supporting global war and hatred. Under the "Krosstika", a symbol crossing the christian cross and the Nazi swastika ("Two great hates that hate great together"). The band refers to the Krosstika on their next studio album, Beyond Hell, and will often play this song towards the beginning of their concerts.

Though the War Party itself has disbanded (according to Gwar lore), the band will continue to play songs from this album in concert, as the album is among the band's favorites.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Bring Back the Bomb"   4:23
2. "Krosstika"   3:35
3. "Womb With a View"   2:26
4. "Decay of Grandeur" (Misprinted on the back as "Decay of Granduer" (sic)) 4:05
5. "War Party"   3:16
6. "Bonesnapper"   4:42
7. "Lost God"   3:58
8. "The Reaganator"   3:05
9. "The Bonus Plan" (Vocals by Beefcake the Mighty) 1:16
10. "You Can't Kill Terror"   3:17
11. "Fist Full of Teeth"   3:56

Line-up[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. War Party (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Barton, Geoff (February 2005). "GWAR 'War Party'". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 97.