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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B00E687MAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 release, the 13th studio album from the Metal maniacs. The album is the first to feature new guitarist Brent Purgason (formerly from Cannabis Corpse), portraying the new character Pustulus Maximus. Battle Maximus is also the first to feature new bassist Jamison Land, as longtime character Beefcake the Mighty. Battle Maximus was conceived and recorded over the last year at the band's self-operated Slave Pit Studios, and was mixed by veteran metal producer Glen Robinson and mastered by the matchless Howie Weinberg. It features 12 tracks of sonic sedition guaranteed to make even the most hardened Gwar fans head explode, merely by looking at the packaging.

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GWAR fan for life!
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One of Gwar's best albums.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ragman on September 17, 2013
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This is Gwar's first album since their previous guitarist, Cory Smoot (the last to play Flattus Maximus) was found dead in the band's tour bus in 2011. The band has always had trouble keeping Beefcakes and Flattuses (or is it Flatti?) in the same way Spinal Tap could never keep a drummer, but Smoot had filled the lead guitarist role for nine years, giving him the longest run as the Flattus character. All signs pointed to him being as permanent a member as Brockie, Derks, and Roberts, but apparently it wasn't to be. In tribute, Brockie retired the Flattus character, introduced Pustulus Maximus as replacement, and recruited Cannibis Corpse guitarist Brent Purgason to fill the role.

I liked Smoot. He was a talented guitarist, and to give credit where due, he was responsible for some of the most popular songs from the band's post 2002 comeback-era. I do, however, think he occasionally had trouble with melody, and I worried Purgason would have even more issue with it given his core outfit is virtually indistinguishable from Cannibal Corpse. Not so, apparently. Switching lead guitarists is always a risky move. It can radically alter a band's sound - and not always for the better. And given Gwar didn't exactly have a choice in the matter this time around, they at least chose wisely when it came to Smoot's replacement.

Battle Maximus is easily the strongest album Gwar's done in years. It's loud, heavy, funny, and offensive, and there's not a single filler track in the lot (even the faux 90s radio ballad "Falling" is strangely catchy). "Madness at the Core of Time", "They Swallowed the Sun", "Bloodbath", "Mr. Perfect", "Raped at Birth" and the Maidenesque "Fly Now" are instant classics. The latter even manages to be strangely touching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aufweidersehen Mein Vollstrecker on March 24, 2014
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Folks,

GWAR is incredible, every album has something special in it even if you aren't a true metal head. This album in particular is in my opinion targeted at metal heads... but now it holds a more special title... The last album released featuring David Brockie as the singer as he passed away just yesterday. Never again will Gwar sound as they once did... This is a terrific album for metal fans, but an absolute must-have for Gwar fans like me...

Rest in peace Brockie... as pure as the arctic snow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slatanic on October 19, 2013
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I bought this album right after it released, actually due to a random error with the amazonmp3 app I bought the album twice, and I have been listening to it on repeat every since. I haven't found a metal album that I have kept in constant rotation to this degree in ages. The album does contain a large amount of over the top humorous songs but it also possesses some truly epic metal songs. My personal favorites on the album are "Madness at the Core of Time" and "Fly Now." The riffs on the album are just straight up brutal, Oderus has fantastic lyrics and vocals, and the new guitarist is straight up savage. I honestly believe that every aspect of a persons life would be improved if they accompanied their lives with this album on repeat. Walking your dog? Listen to Battle Maximus. Trying to procreate? Listen to Battle Maximus. Are you awake? Listen to Battle Maximus regardless of your state of consciousness. You really can't lose with this album. If you are thinking "haha GWAR those stupid old dudes with costumes, bla bla not buying that crap." I highly recommend you spotify the album and let if assault your ear holes then purchase the album to support some truly epic metal!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jeff on October 17, 2013
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GWAR is back and better than ever. This is a record every metal fan should give a listen to. Now let them play the Super Bowl already.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Glenn on October 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love this band, been a fan since Hell-O...I've been thru the ups, down, highs and lows...different members..you name it. Last night I attened my 40th Gwar show...to say I'm a "fan" would be an understatement. I've got to say this album is OK...does not even come close to touching the last one.

From the bland, unoriginal cover art to the mostly bland unoriginal songs that simply seem to run together...I think it's a fair statement that the affect of Smoot's unfortuneate passing is very much felt and heard on this album.

It's not to say the album is totally bad...it's just not up to par with the progression that had been seen with the last 3 albums, which was greatly due to Corey Smoot. All you have to do is listen to his solo album and then listen to Bloody Pit of Horror....the first 3 songs are identicle, literally the same exact music compositions, except for different lyrics and vocalist singing.....if you have not picked it up...do so as it's amazing to listen to both those albums to hear the contrast and yet the same on the opening tracks.

It just seems that this release lacks focus, hell I cannot even tell you what the Mr. Perfect enemy thing is about...looks like an old man head with crab legs that turns into a space Jockey looking dude from Prometheus with a lava rock body...that wants Oderus's sack.

But there just does not seem to be any tight, detailed story/album outlines..at least not like it was way back in the 1990's.

In the end...the album is decent...reminds me of "ok" albums like Beyond Hell, Carnival of Chaos....not steller but not terrible either. They cannot ALL be winners. Pick it up if you are a hard core fan.
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