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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 18

The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email podcast@metalunderground.com with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).

This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.

Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.

Finally, it would behoove us to sadly acknowledge the unsurprising but tragic announcement that the late Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) of GWAR did indeed succumb to a fatal heroin overdose.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Randy Blythe Reacts To Brockie's Cause of Death

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe recently posted a photo of himself with Gwar frontman Dave Brockie in reaction to the news that his death was the result of a heroin overdose, along with a plea to friends and fans about drug abuse:

Here's me with Dave Brockie & Brad Roberts of GWAR in 2006. Brad & I are still here, but Dave is gone- accidental heroin overdose, as many of you heard today. Not that it really matters, because dead is dead, but I don't think Brockie was a stone cold junkie when he died- he couldn't have done all that he did if he was strung out. He partied hard at periods, but I think he was more of a drug dabbler. But there's a lesson here- dabbling with drugs kills people dead every day, just like being fully addicted does.

I am so fucking sick of my friends dying from alcohol & drugs. Really, really, tired of it- some of them die slow in the throes of addiction, & some of them die after just doing something stupid one night after a party. Some if them fuck around and fuck around and fuck around..."I'll get sober one day..." For most of them, that day comes for sure- when we put them in a casket. It's better to be alive when you get sober.

In this photo I was still drinking- I am a FULL BLOWN ALCOHOLIC. When I drink, I do crazy, really ill stuff. But I am a sober man today. I LIVE FREE. I might die surfing in the ocean tomorrow, but I will go out doing what I love, not choking on my own vomit. Besides that, I can just try & help others, so I'm writing this to YOU- YES, YOU- you, the one who can't stop drinking & getting fired & pissing off your wife, you the one who steals pills from you friend's medicine cabinet, you the one who is in a dark hole & wants to die & the only thing that fixes it for a little while is a drink or a drug- WAKE UP. GET HELP. STOP. PLEASE, I'M FUCKING BEGGING YOU. YOU CAN DO IT. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET SOME HELP. If I can do it, ANYONE CAN, because I was a TOTAL WRECK for YEARS. Just get some help, goddamn it. And if you haven't started, don't. JUST DONT. There is NOTHING cool about being an alcoholic, a drug addict, or dead. Trust me. For the love of God, just don't start. Please.

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Dave Brockie Reportedly Died Of Heroin Overdose

GWAR front man Dave Brockie - AKA Oderus Urungus - passed away at the age of 50 back in March.

Although a statement was released by the band's management, there was no official cause of death announced.

Now WTVR.com is reporting Brockie passed away from a heroin overdose. The site states:

Brockie, was found unresponsive by his roommate in his North Richmond home on March 23. Responding police investigators found evidence of heroin use, but the cause of death wasn’t finalized until toxicology tests were completed.

Close friends told CBS-6 that they had been worried about his behavior and suspected his known penchant for marijuana smoking and partying had taken a bad turn.

Despite the death of Oderus, GWAR will still be performing at the annual GWAR-B-Q celebration this August. Details are available at this location.

Read the full article at WTVR.com.

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GWAR To Launch The GWARbar

GWAR has announced plans to open a restaurant later this summer in Richmond, VA.

GWAR is known throughout the universe for their outrageous stage show, irreverent humor and head pounding music, but now the scumdogs have turned their demented eye to the food service industry.

GWAR has joined forces with Travis Croxton, Richmond's restaurateur of the year 2013, to bring to life one of the last dreams of fallen singer Oderus Urungus: the GWARbar!

But GWARbar will not merely be a place to gorge on delectable food-stuffs whilst hoisting endless flagons of liquid glee...it will not be just a shrine and showcase to the undeniable visual impact of the world's most infamous metal band...the opening of the GWARbar will be the singularly most important culinary event to occur since the invention of the spoon!

The GWARbar marks the first time in the history of humans eating stuff that they shall do so by ordering off a menu designed by a chef NOT OF THIS EARTH...that's right, BalSac, the Jaws of Death, GWAR's guitar player and also designer of the notoriously tasty "GWAR-B-Q Sauce", is bringing his supreme knowledge of intergalactic cuisine to the GWARbar, and has designed a bill of fare that is sure to make man or aliens swoon with epicurean delight. More...

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GWAR To Perform At GWAR-B-Q

Despite the passing of Oderus Urungus, GWAR lives on!

From the depths of the GWAR temple, beneath the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, mutant penguins swim towards America with news of GWAR's triumphant return to the stage as the headliner at this year's GWAR B-Q.

The 5th annual gathering of meat, metal and mayhem will take place on Saturday, August 16th at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. Scientists work around the clock to translate the high-pitched chatter of the mutant penguin hoard as they approach landfall.

Conflicting reports indicate that GWAR's performance will be lead by none other than original recipe Beefcake the Mighty aka Mike Bishop or quite possibly it was misinterpreted as the Colonel's original chicken recipe. Who knows? Be there to find out for yourself as this historic metal event unfolds. More...

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GWAR-B-Q Details Announced

Presented once again by Slave Pit Inc. and sponsored by Ring Dog Rescue, The 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q and Dave Brockie Memorial will go down in history as one of the most significant events to happen in Richmond since the Civil War.

In a celebration of the life of David Murray Brockie, a special memorial event will be held FREE to the public from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM ONLY on Aug 15, 2014 at Hadad's Lake (located at 7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond,VA 23231).

Fans, friends, family and bohabs will have the opportunity to pay their respects, as they drunkenly toast with a GWAR beer in one hand, while wearing the commemorative Dave Brockie Fund vomit stained t-shirt as Oderus Urungus is set ablaze in a Viking funeral pyre on the lake.

Heavyweights such as Hatebreed, hometown heroes Kepone, with former GWAR member Beefcake, the infamous Meatmen, featuring the Dutch Hercules, Tesco Vee and a very special appearance by the Original Gangsters, Body Count, where TV executives were bribed and beaten to get Ice T off the set of Law and Order SVU. For a full lineup of bands visit this location. More...

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Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show Announced

On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is having a special memorial art show dedicated to Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band Gwar, who passed away suddenly in March, 2014. Part of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Dave Brockie Foundation.

Dave was prolific in many different visual mediums and he collaborated often with MF Gallery; from his solo show / performance in 2004 to GWAR's Crack-a-Thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

Nearly 100 artists have already responded to the open call for pieces that pay tribute to this legendary artist. Among them are:

Lawrence Van Abbena, George Abruzzese, Tyghe Achenbach, Michael Alan, James Alexander, John Stuart Berger, Meg Bert, Chris Besaw, Cory Brown, Ben Busk, Fernando Carpaneda, Ryan Case, Karl Dahmer, Jason D'Aquino, Jennifer Daugherty, Shannon Daugherty, Angie Decay, Patrick Dignon, Extremo The Clown, Kate Ferry, PH Fred, Bob Gorman, Jorge A. Gwooki, Jenny Harada, Mark Harada, Curt Harbits, Annie Hunter, Eric Indin, Daniel Johnsson, Adam Lawton, Matt Maguire, Drew Maillard, Nick Ray McCann, Jessie McClenny, PJ McQuade, Scott Minzy, Geoff Mosher, Joe Murdach, Chris O'Neal, Bianca Panzram, Kembra Pfahler, Our Lady Of Perpetual PMS, Casey Orr, Sara Ray, Max Reinhart, Mark Riddick, Peter Rodriguez, Chris Roth, Lou Rusconi, John Russo, Frank Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Rowan Sanders, Dan Scheckler, Joe Simko, Keri Sheheen, Dan Sites, Chantal Smith, Ryan Spahr, London Splatterer, Daniel Stoddard, Ben Streete, Tyson Summers, Sean Taylor, Aaron Tompkins, Camargo Valentino, Glenn Wernig, Michele Witchipoo, Dan Wolf Mask, Malice N. Wonderland, Jonathan Zeh, Sergio Zuniga & more! More...

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Gwar Launches Dave Brockie Foundation

Gwar and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of Dave Brockie. A video message from the band can be seen below, and Gwar also comments:

"Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.

"The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.

"The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man."

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation over here. More...

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Sunday Old School: Gwar

Given the tragic news earlier this week that GWAR frontman, Dave Brockie, perhaps better known by his stage name, Oderus Urungus, has passed away at the age of only fifty, it seemed an appropriate and respectful time to look back on the legacy of his music and the band themselves, who arguably put on the most shocking heavy metal shows known to man. GWAR began life, perhaps unsurprisingly, as a joke by a band named Death Piggy, for whom Brockie was the lead singer and bassist. The group were intending to make a movie entitled, "Scumdogs of the Universe" and decided it would be a fun idea to wear the costumes on stage and be their own support act, dubbing themselves, Gwaaarrrgghhllgh and claiming to be from Antarctica, while sacrificing fake animals on stage. After a while, the members of Death Piggy noticed that people were more interested in seeing Gwaaarrrgghhllgh than their main act, with many leaving before Death Piggy took the stage and so the band was gradually erased in favour of concentrating on the now shortened moniker, GWAR. The original lineup of the band under the slightly new name consisted of Brockie on guitar, Chris Bopst on bass, Sean Summer on drums, vocalist Ben Eubanks and former Techno Destructo member Hunter Jackson, though it would go through several lineup changes very quickly, with Brockie eventually settling in as vocalist after another singer named Joe Annaruma recorded several demo tracks.

After going through more new members, the band eventually found themselves being signed to Shimmy Disc Records, for whom they released their debut album, "Hell-O." The album is something of a talking point amongst GWAR fans, being particularly divisive for an early record, with some fans enjoying the album and a significant amount who are not so keen on it. They began touring to promote the album, though guitarist Steve Douglas would soon leave, being replaced by mainstay, Michael Derks. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

This week certainly could've gone better for metal. Most of us woke Monday morning to the startling news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus - visiting alien, hilarious aficionado of all things offensive, and lead singer of costumed shock metallers GWAR - had died in his sleep of unknown causes Sunday, March 23rd.

Naturally, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) felt it only right to devote a nice, twitching, juicy slab of this week's podcast to Dave/Oderus. [00:50:45] His sudden death will likely have a massive, throbbing, aching impact on the future of metal culture, an impact as understated and yet as ever-present as his three-decade influence while alive and killing.

It's not all bummer news, though. We have some live concert adventures to share as well. Kevin caught performances by two renowned progressive metal bands: The Ocean [00:08:58] and Between The Buried And Me. [00:37:15] Mike saw thrashers Destruction [00:00:44] and experienced a unique, unexpected, trend-bucking grassroots event dubbed Annihilation Fest, held in Lynchburg, Virginia. [00:27:01]

We'd like to thank Metal Blade Records for their permission to use GWAR's "Zombies, March!" to open up this special episode, which you can check out here.

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GWAR-B-Q Still Happening, Band Issues Statement

After the passing of Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, earlier this week, Gwar's manager Jack Flanagan has now checked in with the following update regarding the cause of death and the upcoming GWAR-B-Q event:

"On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.

"Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

"We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

"We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

"As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year's GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad's Lake."

At this point it is unknown if Gwar will be disbanding or if a new member will be sought to step in.

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GWAR Manager Confirms Frontman's Death

GWAR manager Jack Flanagan has confirmed the earlier reports that the band's lead singer Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, has passed away at the age of 50 in his home. A statement from the manager reads as follows:

"It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM, EST - Sunday March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."

More information will be brought to you as soon as it becomes available.

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GWAR Frontman Reportedly Dead At 50

Update: the band's management has now issued an official statement, which can be read here.

According to various reports, GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, has been found dead in his home. He was fifty years old. Chris Bopst, a former Gwar bassist and current writer for Style Weekly stated: "I wish it was a joke. Everyone is in shock."

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," another former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop added. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe also weighed in on Brockie's passing, saying: "Got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him."

Gwar's management is expected to comment on the situation at 1pm EST today.

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Gwar Announces New GWAR-B-Q

The Antarctic rock gods in Gwar have confirmed Saturday, August 16th as the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q! This year marks its fifth anniversary with the most insane chapter in its blood-soaked history.

"This truly auspicious event is going to far surpass all other GWAR-B-Q's in terms of bodies consumed on our never-ending altars of gluttony," said Oderus Urungus, lead front-thing. "Plus there will be more places to go to the bathroom than ever before".

The event presented by Slave Pit Inc and Ring Dog Rescue is scheduled to take place at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA, located at 7900 Osbourne Turnpike. Doors will open at 10:00 AM and the first band will hit the stage at 11:00 AM. For more information, visit this location.

Once again Hadad's will host not one, but two stages which will be packed with bands all day, with the full lineup forthcoming. More...

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Gwar Interview From Soundwave Available

Gwar is currently in the land down under, destroying cities on the Soundwave Festival. Now SoundwavefestTV has released a video interview with Gwar front-thing Oderus Urungus, which can be seen below. You can also still catch the band live:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder:
2/26: Sydney, Australia @ The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion:
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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Gwar Announces More Australian Shows

As they continued to prepare the Scumship for war, the unstoppable force known as Gwar has announced two Australian headline shows in addition to appearances at this year's Soundwave Festival.

The first show is set for Wednesday February 26th in Sydney at The Factory Theater and the second show is set for the following night Thursday February 27th in Melbourne at 170 Russell.

Supporting the Scumdogs on these two dates of devastation are Amon Amarth, Satyricon, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

"The sickest, heaviest, most beastly bands of this years Soundwave will be joining forces to create the most hideous noise ever," said notorious asshole Oderus Urungus, lead singer of Gwar and despoiler of the planet Remulak. "It's an amazing line-up and I fully expect to see mounds of flaming corpses where once stood smiling fans."

Catch Gwar live:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder:
2/26: Sydney, Australia @ The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion:
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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Oderus Urungus To Appear On ICP Theater

Gwar's lead throat thing, the one and only Oderus Urungus, will make his return to Fuse tonight as he guest stars on Insane Clown Posse Theater.

The show features Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's twisted take on what's new in music and popular culture. Every week, Insane Clown Posse views a mix of music videos and viral clips and provides uninhibited commentary. Insane Clown Posse Theater airs at 11:30 PM EST/10:30 PM CST.

In a landmark decision to class up their show even more, the Clowns decided to invite the Lord and Master of the Universe Oderus Urungus to take part in the mayhem. A preview for tonight's episode as well as a web exclusive interview with Oderus can be seen here.

"I had a great time in the Big Apple w/ICP, making fun of idiotic videos, molesting their girlfriends in the mop closet, and making entire bologna-logs disappear up my ass," said rock and roll's most asinine front-thing. "And once again Fuse had the balls to put Gwar on TV. But isn't it about time we had our own TV show? Who do I need to have sex with?" quoth Oderus.

Gwar also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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GWAR Announces New Shows

Today the mighty GWAR announced the band is heading to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, recording and general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan!

"A lot of people think we have played there already because of our album, Live at Mt. Fuji," said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. "But that was in fact recorded in the future!"

After playing the gigantic Soundwave Festival in Australia, GWAR will travel north to play two exclusive shows in Japan, where legions of GWAR fans have been waiting patiently for years for their chance to die in the presence of their hulking metal overlords. Their wishes shall at last come true on Thursday, March 6th at Club Quattro in Osaka, Japan, and Friday, March 7th at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo.

GWAR will bring a full show, featuring all the carnage, spew, and metallic mayhem that has enslaved legions of fans in North America and beyond. This of course means spontaneous beheadings and disembowelments shall be the order of the day, and a bloody attack by mutant cyborg Sawborg Destructo is sure to occur. More...

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GWAR Releases "Madness At The Core Of Time" Video

GWAR released a new music video for the track "Madness at the Core of Time." The song is taken from the new album "Battle Maximus" album that is available now via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the video here:

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"The Animated Tales Of GWAR" Released Today

For the last two years animators Myke Chillian and Tommy Meehan have been working with the members of GWAR to create a "GWARtoon" that was appropriately disgusting and objectionable enough to most accurately represent the most dangerous band in rock and roll history.

After all this long and hard work, today Funny or Die finally premieres "The Animated Tales of GWAR". Check it out right here.

Animator Myke Chillian comments: "Lead singer Oderus Urungus loses his murderous-mojo prompting the rest of the band to embark on an Antarctic quest for the cure. Weird Al Yankovic guest stars."

Brutal front-fiend Oderus Urungus had this to say about the project: "I hate cartoons...cartoons are for kids, and kids are strictly for eating. But I just might have to back up a little and say that this is the greatest cartoon ever, even if I still hate it, just because it's about US."

You can also catch GWAR love on these dates: More...

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