[RECAP] U.S. Bastards, Ghoul and GWAR at The Trocadero 10/29/17

“Omicron prototype 77-Y, if found, pucker up and kiss your ass goodbye…”

Despite what the outcome may ultimately be, there’s always those celebrity couples that everybody roots for, be it Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Anna Farris or Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy. Added to that list a few months back were Ghoul and GWAR, who announced their way into the hearts of millions a with a fall tour together, one that would bleed and squirm its way through Philadelphia just two nights before Halloween.

Hollywood’s new It couple were joined by Richmond, VA three piece U.S. Bastards, who sound like Motörhead (even busting out a rad cover of “Killed By Death”) fronted by La Sexorcisto era Rob Zombie. If I need to tell you why that’s cool then you probably shouldn’t be on this website.

30 year strong kings of prop metal GWAR were the headliner, bringing a more serious and science fiction-y spectacle to the road than the hilariously absurd cabaret that Philly was graced with almost 2 years ago. GWAR’s new record, their 14th, and first without fallen figurehead Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie, “The Blood of Gods” was just unleashed on October 20th, and the doomier take on the band’s groove metal bonafides informed both the overall vibe and the setlist, as new BOTG bangers “War on GWAR”, “Fuck This Place” and the hysterical “Death to Dickie Duncan” dominated the presentation. Just like the record, GWAR closed their set with a cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You Got It)”, and for a mantra that sums up GWAR’s enduring appeal, you’d have a hard time coming up with a better one.

Somewhat selfishly, my main reason for attending this unholy union was to catch back up with Ghoul, who I’d only seen once before, years ago, their live show a half remembered fever dream, and I’ve since gorged myself on their back catalog, devoured their 2016 masterpiece “Dungeon Bastards” and become a full-fledged Ghoulunatic. Following the “Dungeon Bastards” story fairly closely, Ghoul’s set detailed the Creepsylvanian foursome’s heroic attempts to keep the Omikron Bomb out of the clutches of hellish dictator Commandant Dobrunkum, all while barreling through DB’s best tracks “Shred The Dead” and “Bringer of War”, classic rallying crt “Splatterthrash” and a fucking righteous instrumental of John Carpenter’s “Halloween” theme.

No word on if the matrimony of GWAR and Ghoul has produced any Scumdog/Numbskull (ScumSkull?) hybrid children yet but be sure keep an eye (or tentacle, or udder) here for the latest developments.



Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.
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