The intergalactic monsters of rock are about to unleash Battle Maximus, GWAR's much-awaited follow-up to Bloody Pit of Horror and their thirteenth full-length studio album. This will also be the first GWAR album recorded after the passing of long-time guitarist Cory Smoot in late 2011, and is not only titled in honor of Smoot's legendary GWAR persona Flattus Maximus, but also heralds the arrival of the band's new guitarist, Pustulus Maximus (alias Brent Purgason).
A concept album depicting GWAR's epic clash with super-villain “Mr. Perfect,” Battle Maximus will feature the following tracks:
“Madness at the Core of Time”
“Nothing Left Alive”
“They Swallowed the Sun”
“Raped at Birth”
“Triumph of the Pig Children”
Once again seizing the spotlight (along with other things we can't mention here), GWAR overlord Oderus Urungus announced that Battle Maximus “should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever... We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking devastate in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR."
Oderus also heralded the band's world tour coming this fall, with dates, venues and supporting acts to be announced soon. No doubt some of the new songs will be heard at next month's GWAR-B-Q, as well as some upcoming shows co-headlining with hardcore metal icons Hatebreed.
Battle Maximus is slated for release on September 17th, and they're taking preorders now at Metal Blade Records. Now let's have a preview, in the form of their first single "Madness at the Core of Time!"