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GWAR has been pretty busy this summer, most notably destroying town after town on the Sounds of the Underground tour. The band is set to release their most crushing release yet, "Beyond Hell", on August 29th via DRT Entertainment. An e-card has been made available streaming four tracks off the upcoming album at this location. There will also be a deluxe limited edition released of the album, which includes expanded artwork and behind-the-scenes footage, as seen on the SlavePit TV weekly summer web series at this location. The DVD was produced by the New York-based video staff of "Metal Injection", and includes, for the first time, behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the new costumes, as well as hilarious footage of GWAR in the studio recording with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)
The band recently shot a video for the lead single off the record, a cover of ALICE COOPER's "School's Out". The video should be available shortly, but in the meantime, director David Brodsky of My Good Eye has made photos/screen caps from the video available here.
This August, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the Wizard World Chicago Con this year at booth# 636 and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 80pcs) On hand will also be the Wizard World Skeleton Shockini: Undead Scalper exclusive (limited to 200pcs)
Oderous Urungus, lead singer of GWAR, recently posted a message on the DRT Entertainment web site where he discussed the band's upcoming album, titled "Beyond Hell", covering an ALICE COOPER song, working with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), and SlavePit TV. Here is what he had to say:
"OK, scum, it is I, Oderus Urungus, overlord of Toilet Earth and lead singer of the most dangerous band on this or any other planet — GWAR! Here to give you a quick update/review on the upcoming events and disasters that are set to plague this planet in the wake of GWAR's latest assault upon your sense and sensibility!
"First off, it's DONE! 'Beyond Hell', our latest and greatest studio release to date, is mixed and mastered and ready to drop on your heads! Produced by the amazing Devin Townsend, I can say with utmost confidence that this one is going to take yer fucking head off! The record doesn't get released til' August, but that is not going to stop us from letting you hear the first single from the album. That's right, we actually have done a single for radio play in a desperate attempt to expand GWAR's dominion of this world to the FM airwaves!
"But what's this you say? That GWAR's music is simply TOO FUCKED UP to ever make it on the radio — well, yer right! And that's why, for the first time in GWAR history, we have covered someone else's music! But not just anybody! Nobody less than ALICE COOPER, who is rumored to be a Scumdog himself! GWAR pays homage to the original master of shock rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song — that's right, GWAR has covered 'School's Out' [download MP3] as the anthem of the summer and the rallying cry for legions of fed-up drop-outs everywhere. Demand it from your local lame-ass radio station all summer long, and hear us play it live on the mammoth Sounds of the Underground tour, coming soon to a burning city near you!
"And just to catch you up on the various other GWAR activities, Slave Pit Television is going strong, with new chapters being added every week! The new video, 'Bloodbath and Beyond', will be out this summer!
"As I mentioned earlier, we will be dominating the Sounds of the Underground tour all summer, and then this fall go on a HUGE headline tour. Plus I've had my pet hemmorhoid 'Blinky' replaced with several more that are even nastier. Rejoice children, it's almost time — GWAR will amongst you soon!"
Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.
The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.
The new additions are: More...
Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.
DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).
Featuring live performances from:
All That Remains
A Life Once Lost
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Every Time I Die
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God
Sounds of the Underground is rapidly taking shape. Tickets will be available through a pre-sale via Artist Arena on April 11 at noon local times. Tickets go on sale to the public April 15th (some exceptions), check local listings.
This year, the extravaganza will begin on July 8th in Cleveland, Ohio and run for the better part of the summer.
As was previously announced this years powerhouse lineup consists of; As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead. SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville 's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour.
Now on board; Tour Sponsor Jagermeister (for the 2nd year), and Online Sponsors: Digital Metal, Lambgoat and Download Punk have been added as event sponsors, joining the rest of the entrepreneurial powers that be who view Sounds of the Underground as the new definitive voice for independent metal festivals.
The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Recordings.
Dates of THE 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Festival are as follows (subject to change):
July 08 CLEVELAND, OH PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION
July 09 CHICAGO, IL 1ST MIDWEST BANK AMP. PARKING LOT
July 11 TORONTO, ON MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
July 12 MONTREAL, QC METROPOLIS ***
July 13 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
July 14 MANSFIELD, MA TWEETER CENTER PARKING LOT
July 15 SAYREVILLE, NJ STARLAND BALLROOM OUTSIDE
July 16 CAMDEN, NJ TWEETER WATERFRONT
July 17 WASHINGTON DC MERRIWEATHER PAVILLION
July 19 ORLANDO, FL TINKER FIELD
July 21 HOUSTON, TX VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE
July 22 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX CONCRETE ST. AMPHITHEATRE
July 23 SAN ANTONIO, TX VERIZON WIRELESS AMP. PARKING LOT
July 26 MESA, AZ MESA AMPHITHEATRE *****
July 27 LAS VEGAS, NV HOUSE OF BLUES ***
July 28 SAN DIEGO, CA Venue TBA *****
July 29 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA SHORELINE AMP. PARKING LOT
July 31 DENVER, CO UNIVERSAL LENDING PAVILION
August 02 SAUGET, IL POP'S OUTSIDE
August 03 STERLING HEIGHTS, MI FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEA
August 04 MILWAUKEE, WI EAGLES BALLROOM
August 05 MINNEAPOLIS, MN ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM
August 06 WINNIPEG, MB CONVENTION CENTRE
August 07 SASKATOON, SK CREDIT UNION CENTER
August 08 EDMONTON, AB NORTHLANDS AGRICOM
August 10 VANCOUVER, BC THE PNE FORUM
August 12 LOS ANGELES, CA GIBSON UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATRE
PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion
July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance
***AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, GWAR, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TERROR & BLACK DAHLIA MURDER only ( Montreal, QC and Las Vegas, NV )
***** SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance ( Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA )
KCUF, the new project of Crazy "White" Sean (Ex-GWAR roadie) and former Snot/Amen/Lo-Pro bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock, will release their debut on February 21st via 313 Recordings/Corporate Punishment Records. The album titled 'Modern Primitive Punk' includes guest appearances from Shavo Odajian (System of a Down), Sid "DJ Starscream" Wilson (Skipknot) and James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn). Audio is available on from the band's MySpace page.
UPDATE: You can also check out the track "Bloodbath" (featuring Shavo of System of a Down on guitar and Tumor from Snot/Amen on Bass) on the Corporate Punishment Records Myspace page.
Sean says "KCUF was just a project I had in my head for a long time, and I hooked up with Tumor and T-Shirt (AKA Jeff Myers, also one a significant musical contributor to the record), and they helped bring it to life,”he says remembering how the project came together. “And from doing my Freakshow thing, I'd meet all the touring bands that come through Europe and a lot of them became friends, so I just asked them to be involved. A lot of people have called it a "side-project", or whatever, but it is what it is. It's just a record we made for fun, and asked some of our friends to come jam on."
The result is Modern Primitive Punk, a fiery punk-thrash explosion much more akin to the likes of DRI, SOD, and the Circle Jerks than the modern metal styles one would expect from such a collaboration.
According to Tumor, it comes as a result of growing up with a musically mixed background. " I can speak for myself that I really am not trying to appeal to any one genre. I grew up, and it’s safe to say the same for Sean, with both sides of the coin. I mean one minute I was headbanging to Judas Priest and the next I was worshipping bands like DRI, SOD or DEAD KENNEDYS."
According to MTV.com, As I Lay Dying, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead are all confirmed to take part in the second Sounds of the Underground Tour.
The Sounds of the Underground organizers are taking a different approach to this summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. Last year most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.
While dates for the trek — including the official launch date — are still being worked out, SOTU will return to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Texas, New England and western Canada. Tickets will go on sale in late March.
More bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Shocker Toys announces they have acquired the rights to produce GWAR action figures in Shockini form and 6-8 inch fully sculpted figures. Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak Da Gusha and Balsac the Jaws of Death will be featured in the set based off of their GWAR characters. Under a license from GWAR, the GWAR action figures will retail for around $15 and will be available at specialty stores and mass retailers in Summer of 2006. Each figure will come with plenty of murderous accessories and a GWAR comic book. Also to be produced will be Shockini versions of GWAR shrunk down into 3 inch block figures.
GWAR is a satirical thrash metal/punk band formed in 1985-1986 by a group of artists and musicians at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The band is perhaps best known for their elaborate sci-fi/horror film inspired costumes, raunchy lyrics, and graphic stage performances.
RIGOR MORTIS have announced their first shows together in 15 years. The band will head out as part of the "Re-Animate Tour" which will include a number of dates throughout Texas and performances in Arkansas, and New York. More shows are expected to be announced for St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Worcester, Richmond, Spartanburg, and Atlanta. The band's lineup is as follows:
Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS)
Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS)
Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA)
There are also tentative plans for the band continue touring after the first of the year, which would then be followed by a new album.
Dates are as follows for the "Re-Animate Tour":
October 21 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
October 22 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
October 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Jacks
October 24 - San Marcos, TX @ Lucy's
October 28 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
October 29 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Axis
October 31 - Fayetteville, AK @ The Dart Room
November 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
February 4-5 - Grapevine, TX @ Grapevine Convention Center
DEVILDRIVER will be direct support to GWAR on their upcoming North American tour that will also feature A DOZEN FURIES and MENSREA. Beginning on October 7 in Sayreville, NJ and running through November 11 in Seattle, WA, the tour will traverse the United States playing storied venues, including the Palladium in Worcester, MA, the House of Blues in Chicago and Harpo's in Detroit.
"Being on the road is where we like to be," says lead singer Dez Fafara. "Out there, meeting our fans and playing the heaviest music we can is our idea of a good time, and that we get to do this with one of our favorite bands in GWAR is just plain awesome."
DEVILDRIVER is touring in support of their sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseeker's chart. The band will ramp up for the tour with four warm-up shows from September 25 – October 5. The band most recently toured the states as part of the inaugural Sound of the Underground tour with CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD and labelmates CHIMAIRA and OPETH. Says Fafara, "Sounds was a summer-long barbecue. The bands were fun and the fans were great."
Released on June 28, "The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand" debuted at No. 117 on Billboard's Top 200 album charts and No. 17 on the Top Hard Rock chart. Additionally the album soared to No. 1 on the Metal/College Radio and Specialty charts while the video for "Hold Back the Day" continues to receive repeated spins on MTV2 and Fuse.
More shows have been added to the upcoming GWAR, DEVILDRIVER, A DOZEN FURIES and MENSREA tour of the U.S. and Canada. Dates are as follows:
A few tour dates for this Fall's US tour comprised of GWAR, DEVILDRIVER, A DOZEN FURIES, and MENSREA, have leaked out:
October 7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
October 21 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
October 29 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with notorious GWAR front man Oderus Urungus. Several excerpts follow:
Blasting-Zone.com: What led to your departure from Metal Blade Records? You had been with them for so long, I never imagined the group actually leaving.
Oderus Urungus: "I love Metal Blade… they're a kick-ass company. We had been doin' records with them for so long, but we felt like GWAR had a lot further to go. We felt like Metal Blade didn't see that. We weren't even getting worldwide distribution anymore. We weren't going to Europe or Canada. We felt like we were on some horrible treadmill, ya know?! Like some kind of armored gerbil, we were just running ourselves into the fucking ground. No disrespect to Metal Blade, they're a great label, but we felt like they had kinda given up on us. It was like we were there just to fund all of the shitty bands on the label (laughs). We chose to sign with a label that was not very well known, but the terms of the contract were very, very sweet. Moving to DRT (Entertainment) has been a great thing for us."
Blasting-Zone.com: Do you feel as if the band simply outgrew the label?
Oderus: "There were all of these other bands of the label that just sucked and then this one great, classic band. Sure, they’ve had KING DIAMOND for quite a while, but GWAR floated Metal Blade for years and years. I'm sure we built their executives many pools. We got sick of that shit, so we went somewhere else. We still hang out with (Metal Blade Records founder) Brian (Slagel) and I'm sure they’re laughing all the way to the bank."
Blasting-Zone.com: That's a shame, really. In my opinion, that GWAR catalog speaks for itself…
Oderus: "Yeah. We've sold hundreds of thousands of records. But like the entire music industry, Metal Blade is no different than any other label. They are designed to totally rip off their artists while making it seem like they're doing them the biggest favor ever. It's that way within the recording industry, but it's also that way in every other business imaginable. Artists and musicians don't have any particular right to quell their suffering, yet they're getting ripped off and fucked up the ass constantly."
Blasting-Zone.com: What was the main motivation behind releasing a live album at this stage in your career?
Oderus: "We've wanted to do a live album for a really long time and we had some really good tracks from our Mt. Fuji set so we said 'Fuck it!' because the recordings are even more brutal and fucked up than the original studio versions. DRT wanted to get as much GWAR product out there as soon as possible, so doing a live album seemed like a good way to have another product to sell, basically. It's just a live album, just some live versions of some GWAR songs, it's not really the be all end all of what we are all about. Original records, when they come out, that's what they are."
Blasting-Zone.com: I have to admit I was more than a little curious to hear how well the chaos of your overall live sound would translate onto disc…
Oderus: "It sounds fucking amazing! That is a live recording of GWAR and it fucking sounds better than most bands do in the studio. Anyone that thinks GWAR is just some fucking bullshit that doesn't know how to play their guitars needs to listen to that fucking record because it's tight as a motherfucking drum."
Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) is set to produce the next GWAR CD, the band's followup to their DRT Entertainment debut "WarParty", which hit stores earlier this year. Song titles, tracklisting, and a final release date, however, is still to be announced for the disc - but an early 2006 shelf debut seems likely. GWAR have been churning out albums since 1988, and recently ended a stint on the inaugral Summer tour, the SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND.
On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...
The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.
I recently had the chance to attend the Sounds of The Underground tour when it made it's devistating stop into Philadelphia at the Festival Pier. I arrived later then expected, left earlier then expected due to illness and missed another band or two interviewing Poison The Well (the interview will be posted in the next day or two). I also left my batteries for my camera in my car and security wouldn't allow me to re-enter so I had to use my camera sparingly. However, I got the chance to get some amazing pictures of Gwar, Unearth, Chimaira and Opeth and they are now available in our gallery section. You can view the photos in the gallery section.
Chart Attack reports:
"It's the perfect time to be Gwar," says vocalist Oderous Urungus after giving this Chart hack a ritual chewing-out for being yet another stupid human. "We're leaner, we're meaner, we're heavier, we're just as fucked up and funny — the gore effects are WAY sicker."
Know what the scary part is? He's right. High on the success of their latest album War Party, Gwar are doing better than ever. They're finally receiving recognition for their efforts as entertainers and musicians, they're featured as the coveted "halftime entertainment" on this summer's Sounds Of The Underground Tour metal festival and, most importantly, they're actually writing good records again. Maybe they're going to stand the test of time.
"What the fuck did you expect?" challenges Urungus. "There are scary clown bands everywhere that seem to be dying out now and Gwar is as mighty as ever. We withstood the assault of the poseur clown bands and we're accepted as the sickest, most underground, coolest thing in rock 'n' roll today and it's because we're the voice of reason."
Read the full article at Chart Attack.
I recently had the chance to attend Sounds of The Underground's stop in Philadelphia. I was stuck outside waiting until around 2:30 so I didn't get to see most of the bands. Anyway, this is how the day went for me: More...