Concert Review: GWAR “Return of the World Maggot Tour” Syracuse, NY

“Return of the World Maggot Tour”
GWAR, Municipal Waste, Ghoul, Legacy of Disorder
Date: Thursday, March 22nd 2012
Venue: Wescott Theater, Syracuse, NY

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

The theatrical shock rock band GWAR made its way back to the Wescott Theater in Syracuse, NY on March 22nd as part of their “Return of the World Maggot Tour”. Though the venue was not completely full GWAR and the rest of the bands on the bill provided a great night of entertainment for those brave enough to weather the dousing’s of fake blood and ooze.

Legacy of Disorder who hails from New Zealand started the night off playing what could be considered as a unique blend of technical grind metal. Though the crowd response was somewhat minimal as fans were still filtering through the doors the band played a solid, straight forward set. Ghoul would take the stage next bringing their own style of horror inspired theatrics to the stage. The band clad in blood stained burlap hoods set the tone for what was to come later in the evening. At several point during the bands set they treated the crowd to free blood showers and some comedic banter provided by vocalist/guitarist Digestor and bassists/vocalist Cremator. Thrash heavy weights Municipal Waste were up next and elevated the night’s energy to a whole new level. Singer Tony Foresta worked the crowd into a frenzy by enlisting the help of the ever so popular “Wall of Death” and the more traditional “Circle Pit”. As the crowd slammed away to classic tracks by the band they were also treated to several new songs off the bands upcoming album “The Fatal Feast: Waste in Space”.

The latex clad kings of Richmond, VA better known as GWAR would close out the night leaving no stone or person un-bloodied. The band blasted out vintage tunes such as “Sadam A Go Go” and “Crack in the Egg” along with songs of the bands more recent album “Bloody Pit of Horror”. A likeness of “Jersey Shore” star Snookie was brought out and quickly put to rest by GWAR front man Oderus Urungus and his slaves which sent fake blood and ooze spewing everywhere. Later on in the evening the dreaded “World Maggot” was awoken from its slumber and preceded to attack a couple of unworthy slave pit scum before being beheaded by the bands faithful side kick Bone Snapper. Gwar closed out the night with “The Road Behind” which was a touching tribute to guitarist Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus. Smoot passed away while on the bands previous tour from a pre-existing heart condition. All in all those in attendance appeared to leave happy and will undoubtedly be going to work or school the following day with tinges of red and green speckling their skin.

GWAR Set List:
1.) Zombies, March!
2.) Sadam A Go Go
3.) Immortal Corrupter
4.) Crack in the Egg
5.) Jagermonsta
6.) Bring Back the Bomb
7.) Tormentor
8.) KZ Necromancer
9.) The Salamanizer
10.) Uberklaw
11.) Ham on the Bone
12.) Metal Metal Land
13.) Sick of You
14.) Maggots
15.) Road Behind

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