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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...
Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!
On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...
Just For Fun
Gwar tributes have come out of the wood work since the passing of front man Dave Brockie, aka, Oderus Urungus. One video that has popped up in the last couple of days not only pays homage to Brockie, but to comic legend Joan Rivers who died yesterday, September 4th, 2014, at 81. More...
In a rare interview, Metal Injection caught up with GWAR's manager, Sleazy P. Martini, to get an update on the future of the band and the scum dog's search for a new lead singer.
Things get emotional as Sleazy recounts memories of Oderus Urungus and plans to kill all Gwar fans at future shows. Check it out below. You can also see what GWAR had to say about the recent meat-n-metal festival GWAR-B-Q over here.
The 5th Annual GWAR B-Q, held at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia on August 16th, has been labeled an unequivocal success. This comes from GWAR itself as the space scum lounges atop the bodies of more than 5,000 GWAR B-Q attendees, imbibing from a secret stash of Killsner GWAR Beer (which sold out at the GWAR B-Q), chain-smoking the band's own premium limited edition CiGWARs, and dipping massive, stinky toes into tubs of ice-cold GWATER.
GWAR's manager, Sleazy P. Martini, was overjoyed by the event's turnout: "Every year I tell myself there's no way these inbred zoo animals can pull off another GWAR B-Q, and there's no way in hell even more Bohabs will show up and fork over their life savings just for the chance to be roasted on a spit. But every year they prove me wrong, and I get to wipe my ass with a new roll of $1000 bills. The GWAR B-Q is the biggest thing in the history of meat and music, and don't you forget it scumbags!"
GWAR B-Q broke all previous records for attendance, death count, and casualties. Every band that performed kicked so much ass that GWAR actually let them live. The lineup would go toe-to-toe with any other festival performance anywhere on any day: Body Count, Misfits, The Meatmen, Hatebreed, Iron Reagan, Kepone, Noisem, Occultist, Loincloth, The Glorious Gone, Eat the Turnbuckle, Venomous Maximus.
The GWAR B-Q also had the "Crypt of Chaos," a GWAR-themed haunted house, drunk idiots out on the lake in giant hamster balls, a "Rolling Wheels of Death Skatepark," tattoo artists, classy ladies doing synchronized swimming, and lots and lots of bloody, delicious meat slathered in GWAR B-Q Sauce.
But of course, the main event of this and every GWAR B-Q was the jaw-dropping, eyeball-popping exhibition by the creators of the human race, our lords and masters, the Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR! Those in attendance witnessed a blistering set that featured Slymenstra Hymen spitting giant fireballs, the Sexecutioner duking it out with Gor Gor, and the introduction of the band's new mouthpiece -- an enigmatic, old-school Scumdog known only as Blóthar! Punk-rock loudmouth Jello Biafra was thrown into the meat grinder - despite his long but heartfelt eulogy at the previous day's fan memorial for GWAR's most faithful slave, Dave Brockie. Finally, a cathartic performance of the band's classic, "The Road Behind" summoned forth an ocean of salty tears from the sea of flaming Bohabs in attendance. All this to say...
GWAR lives! See the scum dogs live on the GWAR Eternal Tour this Fall:
9/12: Chicago, IL @ RIOT FEST More...
We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:
"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.
"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...
Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff) they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available - including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior.
GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as the band's enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks.
BalSac The Jaws of Death radioed in this statement on The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect:
"Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'"
GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR's founder and lead singer, since March. The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world. More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.
The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.
Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...
Surviving GWAR members Mike Derks (Balsac) and Brad Roberts (Jizmak) guested on this week’s episode of the Metal Sucks podcast to talk about the future of GWAR, their long and storied history with Dave Brockie, and their perspectives on both Brockie's addictions and untimely death earlier this year.
In the 40-minute interview, the GWAR guitarist and drummer discuss how there will be multiple new GWAR characters gracing the stage starting this Fall. Derks and Roberts also discuss this weekend's Gwar-B-Q, the upcoming opening of the Gwar Bar in Richmond, Virginia, and their upcoming touring plans. According to the band: "We take one dumb idea and couple it on another stupid idea and it becomes genius."
The 5th Annual GWAR B-Q - GWAR's saucy, sinful summer celebration-draws ever closer! And good reasons to make the trek to Hadad's Lake on Saturday, August 16th keep multiplying.
We bestow upon you the following new reasons to attend: The pants wetting horror of the Crypt of Chaos, GWAR's own haunted house, and two more celebrity guests.
GWAR! Haunted! House! Those three words should get your heart racing! The GWAR B-Q will feature the Crypt of Chaos, the first-ever GWAR-themed horror experience! Combining Slave Pit's demented artistry and the pedigree of Tim Bunch's House of Horrors, this will be a sicker, scarier event than your wildest nightmares can imagine. You will beg for release and emerge a bloody, broken shell of your former self. That is, if you have the guts to enter...
GWAR recently announced that Jello Biafra will preside over the Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus Memorial (from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, August 15th). He will share those duties with two other special guests: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and Holliston TV series creator Adam Green. The event, also taking place at Hadad's Lake, is FREE to the public. Show up to drink GWAR Beer and unleash a primal scream to pay tribute to Oderus as he journeys to Valhalla and beyond.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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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.
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...