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GWAR

With support from Childrain and Voivod at KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 2nd December 2019.

Tonight, see’s me heading to Wolverhampton to one of the best live music venues around, that being KK’s Steel Mill, for an evening that I anticipate to be one never to be forgotten as this is the night that GWAR come to town!

With doors opening at 6.30pm sharp it was a bit of a rush on a working day but one well worth the effort, as our opening band Childrain, made the perfect start to what was destined to be a great night. I know very little about the metal scene in Spain, but after seeing and experiencing Childrain, this is something that most certainly needs exploring further as not only is their melodic style metalcore in a class of its own, their on stage presence had me gripped and thirty minutes was just not long enough for my liking!

Second on tonight’s bill were Voivod whose long standing musical career has earned them quite a following, not only in their country of origin Canada, but also pretty much world wide. With well over thirty years of progressive metal composition under their belts, tonight’s set list was a one hour whistle stop tour spanning the bands history and included tracks from several of their albums including ‘Post Society’, ‘Overreaction’ and ‘The Unknown Know’. As with any such long standing existence, there has been an evolution within the bands writing composition and it was interesting to hear the varying influences within their music, all of which contained the kind of rich and emotive content that was greatly appreciated by tonight’s considerable sized audience.

On stage, the passion, enjoyment and energy from the band lacked for nothing and it was fantastic to see the band enjoying their time on stage as much as the audience were.

When it comes to seeing a band live, being entertained is as important to me as the music itself and tonight’s headliners GWAR, are most definitely in a league of their own when it comes to doing just that. I can’t think of any other intergalactic aliens who push the universal limits of social decency as far as these guys do but that is GWAR and if you’re someone who is easily offended, then KK’s was the last place you needed to be tonight! That said, all social norms had clearly been parked outside in the real world and tonight’s audience were well and truly ready to be beamed up to another planet.

I have waited a long time to see GWAR and my expectations paled into insignificance compared to the reality of being stood less than two foot away from them in the pit, as these guys had left nothing to the imagination with neither their stage show or costume wise – imagine Predator blissfully crossed with an adults version of the Teletubbies and you’re on the right track! GWAR were most definitely masters of our universe tonight and with their endless array of gore, shock horror and bodily fluids being dispersed across an adoring audience, I don’t think the smile left my face for the entirety of their set.

As for their music, these guys clearly know what they’re doing but the fact that there was so much going on, both on stage and off did distract my attention from it but hell, if I want to focus on their songs there are fourteen albums I can listen to and countless videos I can watch in the relative normality of my home, as tonight was all about the experience and what an experience it was!

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.