Posted November 19, 2008 in

Like getting soaked in fake blood and having your eardrums annihilated by guitars, drums and evocative lyrics like “big chunky Charlie’s got a red rubber ball and he spreads it all over the land*?” Then you’ll love GWAR, a shock-rock band made up of creatures from outer space (read: one-time art students from Virginia). Since 1985, these sci-fi mutants have been terrorizing audiences across the globe with their histrionic stage productions and bizarrely demonstrative live re-enactments. Amidst the gruesome madness are mock executions of politicians and celebrities, bodies being impaled and/or beheaded and slimy viscera being flung at the audience along with the ubiquitous bloodspray. Past victims of GWAR’s homicidal rage include such familiar baddies as Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden and Paris Hilton—it’s sheer brutality, just the way college kids (like those in Pomona) prefer it. With a show like that, who’s counting genres? GWAR is a thrash metal band, oft-times indecipherable, but always momentous. That is to say the fantasy-edged, psychotic, mythological, war-mongering kind of thrash metal, the kind of punk-evolved tirades that have strayed into unclassifiable experimentation over the years. With song titles such as “Baby Raper,” “Stalin’s Organs,” “Fishfuck” and “I Hate Love Songs,” you get the idea of what to expect on this pass through, a circus they are calling the Electile Dysfunction Tour. (Alex Distefano) 


* From “Penile Drip”


GWAR, Kingdom of Sorrow, Toxic Holocaust at the Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802. Fri., Nov. 21, 7PM, $23 at door




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