"I am surprised to find the general reviews of this album so low. This was the first Gwar album I heard (only one at the time), and I'll admitt when I first heard it, it sounded like a wall of throbbing noise. But ya know what? I kept listening to it anyway and it grew on me fast. This is a great PUNK album with hilarious genius lyrics and massive riffing. It's not really a metal album like Scumdogs and it's not as obvious and novelty-ish as their newer stuff. Sure I have trouble getting through "Captain Crunch" too, but in a way I appreciate the fact that the song screeches like a half a pound of nuts and bolts in your mom's favorite blender. Then again nothing compares to "I'm in Love With a Dead Dog", "Time For DEATH!", "Americanized", "Slutman City" and "Je M'Appelle J. Cousteau"! It puts a smile on my face just to type the names of those songs. I saw Gwar in concert about 3 years ago and they played a few of the track from this debut and I was just enthralled. They did the encores without their costumes too! Oh yeah. For my money it's Hell-o and Scumdogs. Both GENIUS albums that the world at large will never know. If you "get" GWAR but don't like this album my suggestion is to at least listen to it again and try to appreciate it as an insane chugging punk antarctic landscape."
Y | 06/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, what an amazing album. There is a lot of false information going around, but this IS Gwar's first album. It is very punkish but still worth your money, unlike 95% of the rest of the punk genre. All of the disgusting lyrics and subjects that you would expect from Gwar are here. Best songs are Bone Meal, Americanized, Slutman City, Time For Death and the unmatched Pure As The Arctic Snow. This should NOT be passed up by anyone and is much better as a whole than later Gwar albums.
Now, for the history. People have been saying that Oderus was not Gwar's original lead singer, and that is true. The original singer was Jonny/Joey Slutman, but he only played with Gwar for a couple shows before leaving. Someone brought up the point of an album entitled "Let There Be Gwar." This was released in 2004 and was only available at Gwar's live shows; not in the stores. This album has demo versions of early songs on it, and some of these demo versions have Slutman as the singer. So, in conclusion, was Oderus the original singer? No. Slutman did the earliest few Gwar shows. Is Hell-O the first Gwar album? Yes! Let There Be Gwar came out in 2004 and features DEMO songs, opposed to Hell-O which originally came out in 1988 and featured STUDIO songs. Let There Be Gwar contains the earliest Gwar recordings, but it was not the first album."
GWAR - Hell-o (European Release)
Edward Condon | Oregon | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is rad! I have been a GWAR fan for years and I still listen to this first album of theirs all the time. If you get the European release there is a bonus track - Black and Huge! If you haven't seen GWAR in concert you haven't lived! Also I highly recommend the GWAR video 'Tour de Scum'"
...And then there was GWAR
Michael J. Sheldon | Fair Oaks, CA | 04/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently picked this up on CD after many years of listening to the warm hiss of my cassette version. Ah, to be taken back to the halcyon days of high school and trying to explain why we all thought "Beavis and Butt-Head" was so damned funny. GWAR has never been about trying to provoke too much thought, although they do a good job of making you realize how silly some elements of punk and heavy metal really are.
Hell-O has become the perfect first chapter in the mythology of GWAR as not only a headbanging and giggle-inducing set but in creating a universe of colorful characters and absolute filth. But it's good filth! The songs are short and sweet and to the point: everything's ripe to be attacked, made fun of, all the while establishing personalities.
Every time I hear the glee of "Techno Destructo" I get taken away to the puke-a-plex and shake with laughter. The terse perversion of "Bone Meal" makes me want to hit replay. The speed and sarcasm of "Americanized" produced, what I still think, is their greatest lyric: "I'll rape your dog with a plow." Come on, that's a band aching to keep going year after year to satiate our sick lust. But it's a good sick lust, innit?
In short, GWAR knew what they were getting into and wanted to keep making more fictional characters and silly songs, often shocking us, to stay level. God bless 'em."
Not GWAR's Best but Still Decent
Lisa M. Prue | 09/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm more into GWAR's metal albums. This album is pure punk but good punk. Songs to me are good but not great on this album. Standout tracks to me are "I'm in Love with a Dead Dog", "GWAR Theme", "World O' Filth", "Americanized", "AEIOU", "Pure as the Arctic Snow" and "Rock N' Roll Party Town". Not the first album you should get from GWAR but definately a punk masterpiece."