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A month back we idly asked why more video game developers aren't using heavy metal soundtracks, since gunning down enemies, conquering rival armies, and slicing apart demonic hordes seem like they should all be tailor fit to shredding guitars and harsh vocals.
We've been bombarded with suggestions from readers since then about games with solid metal or metal inspired soundtracks, and we'll be sharing those every few weeks – but don't stop letting us know about your favorites! Be sure to give us some suggestions below or over at Facebook.
The heavy metal gaming madness continues today, and this week we're going entirely retro, ranging from Super NES and Genesis to the PS1/N64/Dreamcast era, but advancing no further into the ever-increasing hardware specs of consoles.
If you missed our previous examinations of video games with heavy metal soundtracks be sure to check 'em out here:
Part 1: Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload
Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.
Without further ado, here's our tribute to all things metal in retro gaming history:
Rock and Roll Racing
This forgotten gem originally came out on SNES and Genesis, but was then later ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2003. For you folks who use emulators like ZSNES, this one is readily available on any given ROM site.
Featuring compressed, digitized versions (minus the vocals) of hard rock and metal songs in that distinctive Super NES quality, the soundtrack included songs like “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and “Bad To The Bone” by George Thorogood. Like the classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors, in true old school style Rock And Roll Racing spat out a passcode to remember for returning to specific levels with all your car upgrades saved.
I have to wonder if some of the themes and imagery from these cars and tracks ended up as inspiration for the pinnacle of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – which featured its share of vehicle mayhem with heavy metal backing. A sequel to Rock And Roll Racing actually showed up for the Playstation a few years later titled Red Asphalt (named after those driver's ed videos meant to scare kids straight) with much updated sound quality. Seems like we're overdue for another one though – so game developers, get on it!
The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q was held this weekend in Richmond, Virginia and the Bohabs lucky enough to survive the event are in agreement; this was the best GWAR B-Q ever! Fans from across the globe made their way to Hadad's Lake in Richmond to celebrate the 30th birthday of the intergalactic shock rock giants.
Riding high on the momentum from The GWAR B-Q, your intergalactic overlords are set to hit the road next week. The tour begins August 25 in Millvale, PA and ends September 19 in Toronto. Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and label-mates Battlecross, and this run will see the band playing all three Riot Fest dates (Denver, Chicago, Toronto) and the Befuddled Fest in New Albany, IL.
Following an appearance at the final Riot Fest in Toronto, GWAR will return to arctic slumber for less than a month before finishing the desecration of the North American continent. This time, the band will be joined by Born of Osiris and once again Battlecross. This leg of the tour kicks off October 7 in Cincinnati, OH and wraps up November 28 in Orlando, FL. For the Canadian dates on the tour direct support will come from Cryptopsy. More dates will be added in the coming weeks, so don't worry if your intergalactic rock gods have yet to announce a date in your town. More...
Just For Fun
Oh my... GWAR has now given a TED talk. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It was filmed and edited by Tijo Media at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage in Richmond, VA.
Don't forget the epic annual GWAR-B-Q is also going down this coming weekend - details over at this location.
Topping off what is already an insanely diverse and incendiary lineup for the weekend of GWAR B-Q 2015 in Richmond, VA, today GWAR announces even more bands that will ram heavy metal and punk rock so far up your ass you'll shit molten lead the rest of your life!
Bat, the side project of Ryan Waste from Municipal Waste, and hardcore legend Felix Griffin of DRI, will be performing at the GWAR B-Q on Saturday August 15th as part of a small string of ultra rare live appearances the band is making in late summer.
Also adding to the powerhouse metal onslaught at Hadad's Lake this year are horror inspired death metal peddlers Troglodyte, Kentucky based Stonecutters, and Richmond's own Gritter. The full lineup is as follows:
GWAR (Your Lords and Masters)
The Descendants (California Punk Rock Giants)
Clutch (Crushing Grooves and Pure Rock and Roll Fury)
Down (Phil Anselmo. PERIOD.)
Goatwhore (Blackened Death Metal from NOLA)
Cro-Mags (NYHC Legends)
mc chris (A rapper playing the GWAR B-Q?)
Ghoul (Blood Splattering Thrash)
The Dickies (The Clown Princes of Punk)
Cancer Bats (Canada's Sweethearts)
American Sharks (Who are heading to RVA from their recent beach feeding frenzy)
Valkyrie (Featuring Pete Adams of Baroness)
Mutoid Man (A super group featuring Steve Brodsky of Cave In and Ben Koller of Converge)
Dead Earth Politics (This band beat The Sword 3 times running as Austin's Best Metal Band)
Ringworm (Which is something JiZMak thought he caught from Big Foot)
Child Bite (Which is also something that happened to JiZMak visiting Housecore Records)
Gritter (Rhymes with Shitter)
RPG (Richmond Hard Rock Legends)
Bat (Yet another super group)
Stonecutters (Kentucky Fried Metal)
Troglodyte (Innovators of Neandercore) More...
GWAR has just added Clutch as a co-headliner to this year's GWAR B-Q festivities. And as if that weren't enough to melt your pathetic mind, the B4BQ launch pre-party will now feature the entire lineup of the hard hitting Summer Slaughter tour, who will join metal heavy weights Fear Factory and the return of Coal Chamber.
That's right, GWAR-B-Q has grown to include three stages of brutal music - Clutch will join the already stellar lineup of bands set to rock the Slaughterama Stage with the heaviest grooves on the planet.
The B4BQ started as a small gathering prior to GWAR-B-Q, but this year the event will come into its own as a full day of eardrum blasting metal madness at The National (708 E Broad St, Richmond, VA) on Friday, August 14th. The pre-party event kicks off at 2:00 PM and features Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation, and Beyond Creation.
That's one band for each finger to clinch together into two heavy metal fists of fury as you punch your way through the mosh pit. Tickets to the B4BQ go on sale today at this location.
Las Vegas-based band I.D.S.F.A. aims to continue spreading carnage with upcoming concept album "Bodies In The Basement," which will include a short film and live, interactive performance aspects.
In addition, the album features demented new vocalist Knuckletooth. Help the project come to fruition by joining the IndieGoGo campaign here.
In celebration of the upcoming release, the band is paying homage to main musical and theatrical inspiration, GWAR, as well as late vocalist Dave Brockie, with a new track “The Genius That Was Oderus.” Listen in below.
Bassist Travesty comments, “We wrote 'The Genius That Was Oderus' in memoriam of one of the most influential musicians to us. We have attended GWAR shows since we were teenagers. Oderus showed us that you can mix music, horror, gore and theatrics into one. He is the reason that I.D.S.F.A. is the band that is today. We wanted to show our appreciation to everything Oderus did in the Shock Rock scene and we figured what better way to do that than in song – the way he would appreciate the most. He Will Be Missed, So Raise Your Fist!” More...
"Let There Be GWAR" is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the "Dim Time" when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague.
This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR: a GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. "Let There Be GWAR" takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band's albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome.
Compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman, the hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave-Pit Inc, the production company behind the band. You can pre-order yours over here. More...
Thirty years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind.
30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!
What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR's "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence - the Internet! That's right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet's ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it.
Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages: "I've survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming! Where is Baltimore?"
Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross. Dates are as follows: More...
As the craziest event of the summer draws closer, more details are emerging about the GWAR-B-Q including the first round of bands confirmed to play the event.
This year is an amazing milestone in GWAR's torrid history - 30 fucking years of death, destruction, and rock and fucking roll! Such an occasion demands more than just a one-day party. The Scumdogs have set forth a slew of satellite events to be held across Richmond over the three-day weekend of August 14th through 16th. GWAR fans will be busier and more fulfilled than during any time in their miserable existence! And before you even ask...hold your horses Bohabs, ticket prices and on-sale dates will be announced soon.
In 2015 the GWAR-B-Q will be nothing short of outrageous, a wet-n-wild orgy of hard music, super cool art, and delicious food. This year's three day birthday bash will be held, horns high, Saturday, August 15th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231) in beautiful and historic Richmond, Virginia, the only city crazy enough to have produced the slaves of GWAR.
The event's expansion to a full three day weekend includes the annual kick-off party, the B4BQ, swelling to two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, on Friday, August 14th. A new closing party, The Brutal Brunch, will be launched on Sunday, August 16th, giving destination fans an opportunity to check out the new GWARbar.
The 46th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Save Me" by Australia's band of the week EnemyThrottle.
This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") and Ollie Hynes (Diamond Oz) discuss hot new songs from upcoming releases by Slayer, August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Veil of Maya.
Then they dish out some band dirt within the posthumous controversies of Gwar and Twisted Sister. We conclude with EnemyThrottle's "Breathe No More" playing us out.
Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!
Style Weekly recently reported that William Brockie, father of GWAR member Dave Brockie who passed away last year, is suing the band over Dave's remains. GWAR has now issued this statement about the situation:
"We have not yet seen the actual lawsuit papers, and thus cannot comment on the substance of the lawsuit brought against GWAR by Dave Brockie's father, William Brockie, but we can say that the claims in the Style Weekly article are false. We did not steal Dave Brockie's ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave's ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.
"The accusation concerning Dave's ashes is particularly troubling for us. Following Dave's passing, the first thing we did was notify his father, who signed over Dave's body so we could have him cremated. We were told by Dave's father that he did not want to be involved in making Dave's final arrangements. For this reason, Slave Pit assumed that responsibility, paying for his cremation, arranging two memorial services (one public and one private), and purchasing a plot for Dave in Richmond's famed Hollywood Cemetery. Dave's father did not attend either of the services held for his son in Richmond.
"Over 30 years of working and living with Dave, several of us had heard him say that he wished for his ashes to be kept at Slave Pit, so he could 'keep an eye on GWAR' while we worked. In the weeks following his death, we developed a plan for a memorial fund that would raise money to honor Dave's memory with a statue in Hollywood Cemetery and work to continue his passionate support of the arts. We felt strongly that a portion of his remains should live at the site of his proposed monument in Hollywood Cemetery. When William Brockie later approached us, we released a portion of the ashes at his request, so he could spread them in the location where Dave's brother and mother's ashes were dispersed. More...
Fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR-B-Q, the intergalactic overlords from GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday, April 18th.
Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR's third opus "America Must Be Destroyed." Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer pop up of GWAR's pet dinosaur Gor Gor! Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic "Phallus in Wonderland" will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.
But that's not enough for GWAR. The band has planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 - 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona. On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them. There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!
"I used to like Chinese food, now I don't give a fuck," said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.
Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves. So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as "RAWG" and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ. The doors open at 5:30 PM. "These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama," said a nameless slave.
Come celebrate GWAR's 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any Summer.
The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).
This amazing milestone in GWAR's torrid history - 30 fucking years! - demands more than just a one-day party. The Scumdogs have set forth a slew of satellite events to be held across Richmond over the three-day weekend of August 14th through 16th. GWAR fans will be busier and more fulfilled than during any time in their miserable existence.
In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film "Empire Records," in which they had a starring role. GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th - 10th.
Finally March 23rd marked a sad anniversary in the GWAR family, as it was the one-year anniversary of founding member Dave Brockie's (Oderus Urungus) final journey to Valhalla. We celebrate him on this day as we celebrate and worship him every day. Hail Oderus! More...
With only 4 hours to spare, GWAR made good on Oderus Urungus' promise to open the GWARbar in 2014 when your lords and masters of the universe smashed down the doors to 217 W. Clay St. Richmond, Virginia, in the historic Jackson Ward arts district, on New Year's Eve 2014.
The ensuing party has yet to die down as GWAR fans, foodies and even neighborhood families revel in this new addition to the Virginia restaurant scene.
The GWARbar makes real the longtime fantasy of GWAR to open a restaurant and bar worthy of their name. The project was spurred by Jonathan Staples of James River Distillery and departed lead singer, Dave Brockie.
Along with restaurant partner Travis Croxton of Rappahannock, GWARbar's mission is to bring "intergalactic junk food" to citizens of Richmond, Virginia and visiting GWAR fans from around the universe. The restaurant's ambience balances beauty and brutality in the band's trademark style, brought to life with the design of Barry Griffin at Griffin Customs. More...
Citizens can rest safely (for the time being) as your lords and masters from GWAR have completed their trek of destruction across North America, dubbed the "GWAR Eternal Tour."
52 shows of utter devastation saw new lead singer Lord Blóthar assuming vocal duties alongside his Scumdog Brothers, and futuristic sister Vulvatron, as they scoured the universe looking for their lost leader Oderus Urungus.
In the end, the tour gave fans, and the band itself, a chance to mourn, celebrate, and honor Oderus Urungus, the greatest rock and roll singer to ever walk the face of planet Earth. Yes, Oderus is gone, but GWAR lives!
What does 2015 hold in store for GWAR? Stay tuned, as the band gets ready to celebrate 30 Years of GWAR! #Hail Oderus! #Hail Flattus! #Hail GWAR!
Finally, the band's irascible lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus offered these words of thanks to GWAR fans everywhere... "We are humbled by the fact that you are still willing to lay down your lives for GWAR. We have the utmost appreciation for the fans who supported us on this recent journey and are eternally grateful. You are the reason we continue."
Michigan psyche doom-death group, Acid Witch opened day two on Midway’s outdoor stage. After a night of barely any sleep, I didn’t arrive in time to catch their set. It’s a shame because they were one of the bands I wanted to see. I heard a burst of guitar notes from tech-death metallers Archspire but only as I pulled into the venue. The first part of this day would be spent around the press tent conducting interviews with Napalm Death and Gwar. This included missing most of the set from Polish death metal veterans Decapitated, whose late coming was the apparent reason for Midway being behind on time. The day before their appearance at Housecore the group had totaled their van. I’m not sure how they made it to Austin, but they were there and played a full set. More...
For the third year in a row, your lords and masters from GWAR return to The A.V. Club to take part in the A.V. Undercover series, featuring artists covering other artists' music.
GWAR's first offering tackled the Kansas classic "Carry on Wayward Son" - which was voted favorite performance of the year, to no surprise of GWAR. After a year of celebrating the victory, the group returned to defend the crown with its unique spin on Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car." The result? Back-to-back favorite performance titles.
GWAR has now returned for a third time to The A.V. Club. With new Scumdog warriors Blóthar and Vulvatron by its side, GWAR takes on the Pet Shop Boys classic "West End Girls" in what is no doubt the most head-scratching followed by headbanging cover yet. Listen in at this location.
A.V. Club VP Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR's return visit: "GWAR once again descended on The A.V. Club office unannounced, demanding to play a song. They threatened to eat our children and drink all our booze--and then made good on that threat."
After the band revealed two new members, GWAR's manager has now checked in with the following statement about upcoming live shows:
"Toodles, ya parasitic bohabs. It's me, Sleazy P Martini. As you may already know, GWAR will be out on the GWAR Eternal Tour starting tonight because Thai ladyboys don't pay for themselves. You smarter Bohabs have probably even noticed that GWAR has undergone a lineup change.
"The reason for this is the absence of Oderus Urungus due to his return to space. First of all, let's clear something up: Oderus is not dead! Nor is GWAR. Now, admittedly things will be different. For instance, with Oderus's absence, touring expenses will be scaled back considerably as crack usage by the band will drop by over nine tons a day. To which I, the CIA and the Medellin Cartel respond with a collective: 'Phew!' Now all those drug mules crossing the border can use the extra butt space for more important things such as food, water and more relatives.
"Of course, there are many in the scene (code for no-talents) who say that with Oderus out of the band, GWAR should hang it up. To which I must respond: If I wanted your opinion, I would just knock you unconscious and urinate on your face. Which wouldn't elicit much of an opinion at all - just the way I like it.
"You see, GWAR is a perpetual and unstoppable force. If I tried to retire them, I most certainly would end up flayed, shredded, pulled and served with coleslaw and fries to Gor-Gor. One who is a lion tamer cannot suddenly decide to stop and ask his lions to become house cats. And GWAR's lust for human carnage cannot properly be met in semi-retirement on the talk-show circuit. So the shows must go on. And they have, starting with Riot Fest in Chicago. The GWAR Eternal Tour starts tonight in Norfolk, VA and goes through December 13th in Baltimore, MD.
"Now, there are some who would say, 'How can you find a lead singer as talented as Oderus Urungus?' To which I have responded by having famed archeologist Dr. Richard Leaky travel to Antarctica to dig up another immortal Scumdog. According to Dr. Dick, these furballs are stacked up in GWAR's fortress basement like chicken pot pies four for a buck. In fact, I have already thawed out one promising prospect named Blóthar. While not as talented a singer as most primates, he's definitely better than Justin Bieber or the entire One Direction line up. More...
GWAR has bolstered its ranks leading up to the "GWAR Eternal" tour. The berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron (yep, you read that correctly) are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth.
Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious...
Both will feature prominently in the upcoming tour, which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year.
The band also issued the following profiles of the new members:
Origin: The Berserker Blóthar is an ancient shape-shifting holy warrior from the planet Scumdoggia. Blóthar is known to associate with intergalactic outlaw biker gangs
Position: Doggy Style baby! A true Renaissance man; Blóthar sings, he dances, he kills things...
Features: Blóthar wears a ceremonial headdress fashioned from the gigantic antlers and pelt of a Spectral Moon Moose he killed eons ago. He carries a mighty battle axe, an impenetrable shield, and for some reason has grown a set of hideous space udders
Hobbies: Ice fishing and ritual murder
Quote: "I went into a trance of blinding rage. I must have killed a million space apes. I was sleeping it off, and I woke up with a piss boner. I figure, why waste it, you know? So I'm rubbing one out, and the next thing I know, I'm on stage with GWAR in front of thousands of hideous, acne-ridden teenaged humanoids. I was promised there would be wifi, but it's hit or miss...."
Size: Genetically engineered to the optimum proportions for a female of her species
Origin: Vulvatron has returned from the year 69000, where she was a high-ranking Scumdog assassin in the battle against futuro-fascist forces. Her primary functions include mastery of the arts of war, quantum mechanics, and intergalactic musicology
Position: Head Bitch In Charge
Features: Shock-white dreadlocks, high-tech armor, cybernetic implants, boob spew, prominent posterior
Hobbies: Adapting her superior technology and sexual prowess to the present day, perfecting the chemical formula for Vulvoline - her line of signature drag-racing motor oils, hot yoga
Quote: "I have summoned Planck quantities of energy to navigate the fabric of space-time back to this primitive era on Earth. I believe our wormhole might have slightly malfunctioned upon my arrival, also ushering in a primeval creature from a far earlier era, vaguely resembling a Moon Moose. I shall have to report this anomaly to maintenance. My mission is to alter the current path of GWAR so that they might prevent the darkest period in the history of the Universe! I have calculated an optimum plan of action to achieve...Hey! Quit staring at my tits!" More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...