Gwar Albums Ranked

Gwar, often stylized in all caps as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists, and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc. Following the death of frontman and lead singer Dave Brockie in 2014, the group has continued without any of its founding members. Since its formation, Gwar has released thirteen studio albums, two live albums, and numerous singles among other recordings, and has sold over 820,000 records in the United States. Fueled largely by the controversies surrounding their concerts, Gwar experienced brief mainstream notoriety during the first half of the 1990s, receiving regular airplay on MTV as well as frequent in-character guest appearances on daytime talk shows, satirizing the topics of censorship and media violence. Though the band’s mainstream popularity declined by the end of the 1990s, Gwar has retained a dedicated cult following. The band’s extensive videography consists of both live recordings and long-form feature films, most notably 1992’s Phallus in Wonderland, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Long Form Music Video. Outside of music and video, Gwar has expanded its franchise into comic books, trading cards, a board game, signature beers, barbecue sauces, and e-liquids. Here are all of Gwar’s albums ranked.

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10. Live From Mt. Fuji (2005)

Gwar - Live From Mt Fuji - Music

“A thoroughly entertaining live album. While lacking the visual element that makes the bands live shows so great this does have the stage banter that makes them hilarious. These include Oderus asking Michael Jackson “What are You?” and then declaring that he wants a plate of sperm. Damn funny. The recording quality is generally high, but there are a few muddy parts here and there. Overall one of the better live albums I have listened to.”

9. Battle Maximus (2013)

Gwar - 2013 - Battle Maximus - Google Drive | Metal Amino

“I did like Lust in Space and Bloody Pit of Horror, but Battle Maximus was the first album to tickle my pickle since Beyond Hell. As I said before, GWAR never ceases to amaze. Sometimes they might take a little misstep, but it is only ever a tiny one, and if they do, they always more than redeem themselves with an excellent piece of Metal mayhem such as Battle Maximus. When GWAR are on, they are really on, and this is amazingly one of their best; I say “amazingly” because this was their thirteenth studio album! The entire album is just pounding and crushingly tenacious.”

8. War Party (2004)

Gwar – War Party (2004, CD) - Discogs

“Gwar continues the new sound they started on The Violence Has Arrived this time with less punk influence and better production. The opening track “Bring Back the Bomb” is one of the heaviest songs Gwar has ever written and has remained a live staple since this albums release. The riff of Krosstika is completely ripped off from Megadeth’s “Holy Wars” but still a good tune. This album is straight awesome up until after track 6. Track 6 “Bonesnapper” is like the albums climax and then it rolls over and falls asleep for the next 3 songs. The last 2 tracks are solid but I usually turn it off after Bone snapper.”

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7. This Toilet Earth (1994)

Penis I See by Gwar on Amazon Music -

“This was bit of a let down after the masterpiece America Must Be Destroyed. Has some cool songs but everything is still so mellow after the raging AMBD. Sounds are poorer, songs lack something and the direction is taken into more rocking and psychedelic frontiers. This was only the beginning of a bad era for the band though as we were about to witness with the following albums.”

6. Violence Has Arrived (2001)

Gwar - Violence Has Arrived - Music

“Bought this cd at thier concert. They’re pretty decent on cd, but thier live show kicks ass! Giant bone cannons shooting blood on the crowd, sex slaves running all around, and the lead singer even kills a dinosaur by stabbing it in the throat with a sword. Inbetween songs they kill various people such as mike tyson and the pope.”

5. Carnival Of Chaos (1997)

Gwar – Carnival Of Chaos (1997, CD) - Discogs

“Strong opener with the punky Penguin Attack and Let’s Blame The Lightman. Songs like Sammy and Endless apoc just seem like they endlessly drag on and usually are skipped. Hate Love Songs and THE BEST SONG Letter From Scallop Boat are the highlights. Oh Sex Cow is amazing too.”

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4. Hell-O! (1988)

Gwar – Hell-O! (1989, CD) - Discogs

“Gwar’s debut is unlike any of the other albums in their discography. Gwar started out as a hardcore punk band before crossing over into thrash metal with their second album “Scumdogs Of The Universe”. Gwar actually does hardcore punk rather well and it’s a shame that they only have 1 album in their discography like this. Though Gwar’s sound has changed alot over the years you can still clearly hear the punk influence in their music to this day.”

3. We Kill Everything (1999)

We Kill Everything (Uncensored) - Album by Gwar | Spotify

“This was the first GWAR album I purchased. I must say that at first it sounded like shit to me. But something about it was strangely addictive, so I kept listening to it over and over again. Eventually I developed this ‘Gwar Taste’ to music, and now I can’t get enough of it. The music is very brutal, explicit, and sickening at times but it’s not ‘death metal’ like I thought it would be. It’s actually a mix of very different types of music with a nice rock and roll twist on them. “

2. Scumdogs Of The Universe (1990)

Gwar – Scumdogs Of The Universe (1998, CD) - Discogs

“Pretty fun to listen to crossover thrash. The dude has a pretty fun singing voice, sounds a bit over the top and silly but still enjoyable to listen. The instrumentation is pretty generic, but again does its job well and it is fun to listen to. Standouts are sick of you and the salamanizer. You cant really take this release seriously for it to be enjoyed, and even though it doesnt quite reach the quality of other crossover thrash releases (suicidal tendencies) it still manages to be a great release within this genre, and be a quite fun listen.”

1. America Must Be Destroyed (1992)

America Must Be Destroyed - Album by Gwar | Spotify

“I must admit that my idea of GWAR and what they actually sound like were very far apart. In some ways they remind me of KISS, in the sense that they look significantly harder than they sound. I was actually surprised to hear music that sometimes sounded like punk instead of metal and was generally surprised by the musical variety on display. I just figured I was in for an onslaught of death metal or something. There’s humour not just to the lyrics but to the music, too, which I always appreciate. Honestly, I am very pleasantly surprised.”