GWAR and Battlecross pack the legendary Harpo’s Concert Theatre in night of blood, gore and more.

Detroit born and bred thrashers Battlecross provided direct support for the show on this night. The venue was packed early on in the evening as throngs of their fans showed up early to show their support. Touring relentlessly in support of their most recent album Rise To Power, this Pure Michigan Metal act has truly risen above the fast flowing current of metal acts that come and go these days.

Fresh off an appearance at Knotfest in California they packed an explosive set of powerful thrash metal into a nine-song set that included fan favorites such as Push, Pull, Destroy, and Force Fed Lies as well as a handful of new tracks such as Absence. The stage at Harpos is just over six-feet-tall but that did little to stem the wave of stage diving hopefuls who managed to crawl their way up on top to celebrate with their hometown heroes.

Battlecross just announced a Winter Warriors tour with HAVOK, Nekrogoblikon and Black Fast to kick off on December 11th. This also includes their third annual BattleChristmas show which takes place at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan on December 18th.

Cosmic metal marauders GWAR have been around for eternity but have only occupied our planet Earth for the past thirty years. Though they suffered a tremendous loss of their leader Oderus Urungus a year ago, nothing stops the GWAR machine from marching onward in their mission to enslave the universe.

With Lord Blöthar now leading the invasion they returned on tour this year in a mission to eradicate the internet and man-kinds dependency upon it.  Set to a soundtrack of crunching, catchy metal tunes interspersed galactic vaudeville comedy, GWAR shows are also a non-stop barrage of vicious spew and goo that seems to emanate from every orifice of the band’s costumes.

Legions of faithful slaves joyfully and loyally bathed in the alien fluids as they moshed entranced by the hypnotic and commanding stage presence that is GWAR. All-in-all, it was another successful night of conquering the world one venue at a time. GWAR is unstoppable and still by far the number one threat to existence as we know it.

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Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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