Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Gwar/Whitechapel/Iron Reagan/A Band of Orcs

When: Wed., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. 2013

You’ll never hear anyone say that heavy metal act Gwar uses distinct, intelligent harmonic functionality amidst downright clever counterpoint. And yet, the guys aren’t as musically challenged as you might think. The way they layer their intricate melodious lines homorhythmically through the motion of the underlying harmonies feels almost like an homage to 19th century composer Gustav Holst. Obviously, as anyone who has ever heard such tunes like "Bring Back the Bomb" can attest, they've most likely derived some material from older generations relating them closer to a Baroque Courante, which also uses a triple-meter rhythm. This quintet has continued to delight audiences for over 25 years. Its most recent album "Battle Maximus" ought to be titled "Magnum Opus" as it is a veritable tour de force! On it, they've included some of their more recent compositions including the jaunty "Raped at Birth" and the almost melancholy "Nothing Left Alive". They’re modern masters of their craft and a fine time to be had by all, especially if terrifying costumes and fake blood are your thing. (Stoops)

Price: $20 ADV, $23 DOS

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