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Thursday 16th, November 2017 / 11:10
By Ana Krunic

Photo by Darrole Palmer

The Commodore Ballroom
Nov 17, 2017

VANCOUVER – A GWAR show is most definitely a unique experience. There’s some things you notice as soon as you step in– the ceiling lights and speakers in front of the stage dressed in protective plastic, and concert-goers dressed in white for the anticipated showering of fake blood/cum/piss that’s soon to be unleashed upon the venue.

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Just before the band hit the stage, the entire room went dark for a minute as Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” cried out through the stereo. The band stepped out in larger than life costumes, ones you still can’t be entirely sure how they manage to play their instruments in.

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And out came frontman Blothar, sporting a human-sized sword, and galactic moose antlers on his back. It doesn’t take too far into their second song, “Hail Genocide”, for him to decapitate two of his hooded prisoners and send literal torrents on blood onto the first few lucky rows of people. 

Photo by Darrole Palmer

Highlights definitely included the politically current evisceration of President Trump during “El Presidente”, after focusing a bit more on the music and getting extra-heavy during “Bring Back the Bomb”. It is total sensory chaos, a lot of people attending for the theatrics alone, which culminated in a sort of intergalactic boss-battle during “The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo”, where an approximately ten-foot tall robot creature is slowly chopped up by the circular saw-arm wielding Sawborg. If you don’t mind being soaked in mysterious fluids while watching what is basically a visual orgy of violence and perversion, it’s highly recommended that you see GWAR at least once in your life.

Photo by Darrole Palmer


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