GWAR Ensemble at the Observatory: This is a frighteningly good bill at the Observatory in the OC. Costumed, jizz-spurtimg alien thrashers GWAR join forces with British grindcore veterans Napalm Death and swampy New Orleans rockers Eyehategod for a night of brutally uncompromising metal.

The show will have hit the Belasco the previous weekend, before getting to the Observatory. And again, these three bands will bring it. There are honestly few better live bands on the planet than Napalm Death right now. The Birmingham band recently released a video for the song “Contagion” from the Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism album.

Napalm frontman Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway said in a press release: “Although we can only hope to provide a snapshot in four-minutes, what we wanted to try to illustrate with the ‘Contagion’ video is how difficult it has been made to do something as fundamental as moving freely as a human being. There is downright absurdity in that some people have to resort to mortal danger doing things like riding atop trains whilst others can move seamlessly and freely without a second thought. We advocate for an end to borders of all description. Complementing that, the sweaty live footage was shot brilliantly by Ljuba Generalova in NAPALM DEATH’s virtual second home of Berlin and the music, you might say, just motors along like a train.”

And Napalm bassist Shane Embury added: “Musically, ‘Contagion’ is geared towards manic intense live mosh pit action but with an added 4AD noise quirk homage chorus! Also, having so many friends in the Latin community, through a couple of them I learned and read about the perilous journeys that families embark on for the chance at a better life. As a parent, I think of my children’s future all the time – the things we take for granted I wanted to reflect lyrically!”

Incidentally, if it all gets a bit heavy, the wonderful Regrettes are performing next door in the Constellation room.

GWAR Ensemble at the Observatory: The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24 at the Observatory.


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