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Below is our complete Gwar news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gwar Launches Crowdfunding For New Comic Books

Gwar has launched a $39,900 crowdfunding campaign over at Kickstarter here for a new comic book titled "Gwar: Orgasmageddon."

The planned five-issue series will be put together by writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).

Check out Gwar's promo video for the comic below:

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GWAR Gearing Up For U.S. Tour Dates

Following the GWAR B-Q bash, your lords and masters from GWAR are pleased to announce another round of tour dates for this October. Joining the tour are Darkest Hour and Mutoid Man.

This trek kicks off October 27th in Norfolk, VA and runs through October 30th in Washington, DC. Tickets for the Washington DC show go on sale August 25th while Norfolk and Millvale shows go on sale this Friday August 26th.

These new dates are in addition to previously announced show with Crowbar and Mutoid Man as well as an appearance at Riot Fest Chicago. A completed list of dates can be found below. It has also been confirmed that Sleazy P. Martini will be accompanying the band on all of these dates, who had the following to say:

"As manager of GWAR and America's benevolent deep state dictator Sleazy P. Martini. I want to encourage as many Americans as possible to shun the false left-right dichotomy that is politics and make their voices heard by coming out to see GWAR defend their belts on tour this year. And while your vote will have no effect on the Presidential election this year you can take pleasure in watching Trump and Clinton fight to the death. So come out and support democracy by watching GWAR take on all comers in a political death match knowing that at least it's not rigged... this time." More...

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Randy Blythe Vs. Gwar-B-Q Mascot Street Fight

GWAR is streaming a clip showing GWAR B-Q's mascot "Grilly" and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe getting into a street fight. The 2016 GWAR B-Q, will take place August 20th, 2016 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA.

States GWAR on the band's Facebook page: "Grilly confronts Lamb of God's D. Randall Blythe as tensions begin to boil over in anticipation of the 2016 GWAR B-Q!! Bah God! It's spilling out into the alleys and the streets! The mayhem! The carnage! YES! YES! YES!"

Check it out now below.


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GWAR Releasing Vodka

That's right Bohabs, the date is drawing closer and closer... The 7th Annual GWAR B-Q is set for Saturday August 20th in Richmond, VA at Hadad's Lake. The band line-ups are set for both the B4BQ and the GWAR B-Q, but in case you need a refresher here's who you can expect to see this year.

Priming you beasts for the feast at the B4BQ on Friday, August 19th: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter To Prevail, Ingested, and Enterprise Earth.

And annihilating stages at the GWAR B-Q on Saturday, August 20th: Gwar, Lamb Of God, Against Me!, Dillinger Escape Plan, August Burns Red, American Nightmare, Eyehategod, Lagwagon, Murphy's Law, Brain Tentacles, Mobile Deathcamp, Occultist, Ramming Speed, Sawyer Family, and The Death Of Rock And Roll.

Ahead of the festivities, your Lords and Masters are thrilled to announce their very own GWAR Vodka: Arctic Snow. Collaborating together with JRD master distiller and GWAR's master drunks, the band and the distillery have produced a potato vodka that is sure to please Bohabs and civilians alike. More...

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Dillinger Escape Plan Added To GWAR-B-Q

We are just over five weeks away from the wildest party of the summer, the one and only GWAR B-Q in Richmond, VA at Hadad's Lake on August 20th.

It has already been announced that GWAR, Lamb Of God, Against Me, August Burns Red, American Nightmare, EyehateGod, and others will will devastate and earfuck everyone at the event.

Today the show's organizers are pleased as piss in your mouth and announce the addition of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Guitarist Ben Weinman commented:

"In honor of the legendary Oderus Urungus, we are proud to take part in this year's GWAR B-Q. After all, any band who sings songs about killing hippies and Skinheads while simultaneously condemning war and shooting many gallons of blood on the crowd are friends of ours!"

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GWAR Announces Tour For Crack Money

Currently everyone in Antarctica is slaving away on preparations for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q. During a break in the action to step away for a quick hit of crack, the band realized that there was no crack left.

"Since the FBI and CIA have put a huge dent in the human trafficking market we have to resort to touring again to make drug money! We can't catch a break!" exclaimed guitarist Pustulus Maximus!

So there you have it, the Scumdogs in GWAR need crack and they are out of money!!! So to combat this problem your Lords and Masters will be slaying Juggalos in July, GWAR B-Q'ing this August, then hitting the road with Crowbar and Mutoid Man from September 14th in Cincinnati, OH through September 18th in Buffalo, NY with a stop in Chicago at this year's Riot Fest. More...

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Asphalt Graves Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

Asphalt Graves premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new EP "The New Primitive", which will be out in stores July 08 via Vitriol. Asphalt Graves is based in Richmond, Virginia and consists of Jason Netherton (Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus), Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder), Brett Purgason (GWAR), and Adam Faris (War Torn).

Check out now "The New Primitive" in its entirety below.

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August Burns Red To Play GWAR-B-Q

The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at historic Hadad's Lake. GWAR will of course be performing a set full of murder and mayhem along with the already stacked lineup which includes Lamb of God, Against Me!, American Nightmare, Eyehategod, and Lagwagon.

At long last, your Lords and Masters have revealed more of their diabolical plans today ... Bohabs the world over rejoice because August Burns Red, Murphy's Law, Occultist, Brain Tentacles (Featuring Dave Witte of Municipal Waste), Eat The Turnbuckle, Mobile Deathcamp (Featuring former Beefcake the Mighty Slave Todd Evans), Sawyer Family, and Death of Rock n Roll (Featuring former Flattus Slave Pete Lee) will join this year's GWARB-Q lineup.

Don't forget about the B4BQ either, which takes place August 19th at The National in Richmond, VA. The B4BQ includes the entire Summer Slaughter Tour lineup including: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested. Tickets for both events are available here. More...

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Asphalt Graves Premieres New Song "No Feast"

Death-grind supergroup Asphalt Graves premieres another new song entitled "No Feast (Without Cruelty)", taken from the upcoming new album "The New Primitive", which will be out in stores July 08 via Vitriol Records.

Asphalt Graves consists of Jason Netherton (Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus), Adam Faris (ex-War Torn), Brent Purgason (GWAR), and Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder).

Check out now "No Feast (Without Cruelty)" below.

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GWAR Posts New Q & A Video

The scum dogs of the universe are working on a new album and have decided to announce it in properly bizarre fashion with a new episode of Pusty's Mailbag. The band comments:

"Day after day we are bludgeoned with an onslaught of lame questions and it's time we answered the most important one... Yes, GWAR has united itself to record yet another disasterpiece and it has been secretly in the writing phase for months in a crackhouse of seclusion in the northside of Chicago. A due date for the record has not been decided but the band is grinding out what may prove to be their most savage and bloodthirsty tracks to date.

"The Scumdogs are also currently searching for a producer that is brave enough to risk their life to give them the tones of the gods to make this next record stand as a testament to the next era of GWAR.

"We had found out about this information while watching the premier episode of Pusty's Mailbag where, apparently, he's taking time out of his day to host a show where the festering giant reads your letters. Watch the clip below as it may contain clues to the future endeavors of GWAR, including this year's highly anticipated GWAR B-Q, set for August 20, 2016 in Richmond, VA." More...

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Asphalt Graves Premieres "Who Do You Serve?"

Death-grind supergroup Asphalt Graves premieres another new song entitled "Who Do You Serve?", taken from the upcoming new album "The New Primitive", which will be out in stores July 08 via Vitriol Records.

Asphalt Graves consists of Jason Netherton (Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus), Adam Faris (ex-War Torn), Brent Purgason (GWAR), and Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder).

Check out now "Who Do You Serve?" below.

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GWAR-B-Q 2016 Reveals First Bands

The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at historic Hadad's Lake. GWAR will of course be performing a set full of murder and mayhem, and now, it pleases your Intergalactic Overlords to divulge the first round of bands that have been confirmed for this year's outrageous event.

Over the years, the GWAR B-Q has had the best and brightest in metal, punk, and rock music grace the stages at their beloved event, and this year is no different.

For the first time ever, Richmond, Virginia's own Lamb of God is going to make the short trip down to Hadad's Lake to melt the faces off of every Bohab in attendance. Also confirmed are Against Me, American Nightmare, EyeHateGod, and Lagwagon.

But that's not all.... the celebration of all things GWAR has grown to include an entire weekend of debauchery! The B4BQ is once again scheduled to take place the day before the GWAR B-Q at The National in Richmond, VA. The B4BQ will feature tons of killer bands...including the entire raging Summer Slaughter '16 line up. More...

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GWARBar Announces "First Friday" Event Series

The GWARbar, GWAR's very own watering hole and restaurant is extremely excited to present a new First Friday event beginning May 6th.

The first event features acclaimed artist Bob Gorman, known for his work with GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. This inaugural edition takes place from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, with the monthly event occurring on the first Friday of every month.

"Gormania" is scheduled for Friday May 6th, where Gorman's spectacular art will be on display and Bob will be there to discuss his creations. Many of these one of a kind pieces will be available for sale. For more info on the event, please visit this location. More...

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7th Annual GWAR-B-Q Announced

The biggest, craziest, nastiest bash of the summer is back! That's right, it's time once again for the yearly tradition where Bohabs, GWAR fans and music fanatics come together in GWAR's adopted fortress of Richmond, VA to celebrate the summer and to worship the Intergalactic Overlords.

The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at the historic Hadad's Lake. Your lords and masters will of course be performing a blood soaked set full of surprises, but who else will be on hand to celebrate the festivities? It's a mystery, but soon all will be revealed.

For now, check out a new commercial below, get a chubby (or a nubby) and get ready for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q. As with last year, the celebration of all things GWAR has grown to include an entire weekend of debauchery - the B4BQ is once again scheduled to take place the day before the GWAR B-Q at The National in Richmond, VA. More...

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GWAR Announces New Year's Eve Show

As GWAR continues global domination on the band's 30th anniversary tour, the intergalactic warlords have announced a special show for New Year's Eve.

"Midnight in the GWARden of New Year's Evil" will take place December 31, 2015 at the National in GWAR's adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. The event is presented by Night Prowler Productions and XL102.

This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as GWAR is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern here.

Pustulus comments: "I can't wait to commit a mass human sacrifice to bring about the end of the world at midnight on December 31st this year. If the world doesn't actually come to an end, at least we can still catch a buzz." More...

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Battlecross Covering Pantera With Gwar Guitarist

Fan-filmed footage of Battlecross covering Pantera's classic "Fucking Hostile" during their New York City show with Gwar guitarist Pustulus Maximus helping out can be seen below. The show took place past Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Webster Hall, New York, NY.

Check it out now below.

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GWAR Takes Part In A.V. Undercover Series

For the fourth year in a row (the most by any artist human, Scumdog or otherwise), your masters from GWAR returned 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, This, of course, came as no surprise to the scumdogs from GWAR who consider themselves the greatest rock performers on this or any other planet in history.

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." What happened for the third appearance? The band returned and went New Wave with a version of Pet Shop Boy's "West End Girls," which segued into a re-worked version of Jim Carol's "People Who Died," paying tribute to fallen GWAR members and friends of the band. And of course, GWAR won performance of the year again. (Did you think they wouldn't?)

This time, the band also dug deep into its cassette collection and pulled out Cyndi Lauper's Greatest Hits. Once they came across "She-Bop" and learned that it was a song about masturbation, which is a habit near and dear to the GWAR heart, the alien overlords decided this is the song they must play to defend their "Undercover" title for an unprecedented fourth time! So without any more fanfare here it is, the orgasm-inducing GWAR rendition of "She-Bop" with a little surprise at the end right here.

After hearing that the A.V. Club was inviting GWAR back for a fourth time, Pustulus admits, "I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit."

A.V. Club VP/Editor in Chief Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR's fourth visit: "Every year we hope GWAR will forget where our studio is so that they won't crush us and the competition. But every year they manage to find us and breathe horrible new life into an old classic. We submit, we submit." More...

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GWAR Prepares For Second Leg Of Anniversary Tour

Your intergalactic overlords from GWAR (who bizarrely gave a Ted Talk last month!) are hunkered down, plotting vengeance in their Antarctic fortress following a successful first leg of the band's 30th Anniversary (in Earth years) tour.

This run took GWAR across North America on headline dates and multiple festival appearances. The band once again stopped by their home away from home The A.V. Club in Chicago, IL where they recorded yet another disasterpiece which will be released in the coming weeks.

Following a brief arctic slumber, GWAR will return to the road for the second leg of the 30th Anniversary tour. This time the mutant overlords will bring Born of Osiris and label-mates Battlecross out on the road with them (Cryptopsy will play on the Canadian dates in place of Born of Osiris).

This leg of the tour begins October 7 in Cincinnati, OH and will wreak havoc across North America through November 28 in Orlando, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below including the just announced November 15 show at Webster in New York, NY. The infernal berserker, Lord Blöthar, had this to say about the band's recent trip and upcoming shows:

"We came, we saw, we took drugs and got VD. It was the worst. We are trying to kill the internet, but so far, we haven't been able to grab hold of the damn thing, or even really find out what it is....Is this...the internet? Anyway, as soon as we've re-upped on penicillin, we will back out there looking for more tawdry, soul crushing sexual encounters from coast to coast. Meet me out by the dumpster, wherever we are." More...

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Heavy Metal Video Games: The Retro Edition

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!


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GWAR Gears Up For North American Tour

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...

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