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Sunday Old School: Gwar

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

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

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

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

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

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

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

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GWAR-B-Q Still Happening, Band Issues Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GWAR Manager Confirms Frontman's Death

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

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

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

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

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GWAR Frontman Reportedly Dead At 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gwar Announces New GWAR-B-Q

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

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

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

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

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Gwar Interview From Soundwave Available

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

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

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

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

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Gwar Announces More Australian Shows

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

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

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

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

Catch Gwar live:

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

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

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

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Oderus Urungus To Appear On ICP Theater

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

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

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

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

Gwar also has the following upcoming tour dates:

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

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GWAR Announces New Shows

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

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

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

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

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GWAR Releases "Madness At The Core Of Time" Video

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

Check out the video here:

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"The Animated Tales Of GWAR" Released Today

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

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

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

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

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Housecore Sucessfully Blends Horror and Metal

Housecore Horror Film and Heavy metal festival masterminds, Corey Mitchell and Philip H. Anselmo brought Austin, Texas a rare entertainment opportunity, packaged in human flesh, marred by celluloid cigarette burns--a four-day, multi-stage, multi-tent, multi-everything horror-movie festival. Industry people arrived from all around the world to help support this lofty endeavor.

The gorier the better as many of the major stars of the film portion of the festival had participated in legendary blood spillers such as the "Nekromantik" film series (Director Jörg Buttgereit ), "Coffin Joe" (Director José Mojica Marins ) and "Friday the 13th." Ari Lehman made film history when Jason Voorhees finally sprung to life after the murder of his mother. Lehman attended the festival not only as a film celebrity, but as a musician. Nefarious of Macabre joined Lehman on stage in his First Jason band to perform campy horror metal songs about that guy in the hockey mask. More...

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GWAR Comments On Super Bowl Petition

After a week and over 35,000 signatures, your Antarctic overlords finally have officially reacted to the petition started by Jeff Cantrell of Morehead, Kentucky on Change.org to have GWAR play the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The petition can be signed at this location.

"It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can't think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it."

After a long and wet fart, Oderus continued..."I really don't think we should be limited to playing the halftime show...I am offering GWAR as an actual team that could complete in the NFL. Think of the titanic struggle involved as the NFL submits their best players, hell, we could play against all the teams at once and still emerge victorious. For too long has the NFL ignored the obvious fact that the players should be naked, blind-folded and armed with battle axes, that land mines should litter the field and whalers should hurl harpoons randomly from the stands. GWAR is throwing our entire cosmic weight (and we are fairly hefty) behind this petition, and command all of our followers, their families, and indeed anybody who has ever existed to sign this fucking thing, and in fact for those who have already signed it to create multiple fake email addresses and sign it again!" More...

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GWAR Streaming New Album's Title Track

The day has finally arrived: your lords and masters GWAR have unleashed their 13th and most devastating album to date, "Battle Maximus."

In celebration of the album's release, GuitarWorld.com is hosting a stream of the instrumental title Track "Battle Maximus." Check out the song below.

Tonight in Richmond, VA at Balliceaux there will also be a "Battle Maximus" release party. The party starts at 8:00 PM and will feature appearances by Oderus Urungus and guitarist Pustulous Maximus. "Battle Maximus" will be blasting in its entirety, there will be free posters, and fans can pick up their copy of the new album for $5. More...

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GWAR Issues Public Service Announcement

GWAR recently went back to the band's hometown of Virginia with a larger than life G Pen to host the GWAR-B-Q, the ultimate BBQ for metal addicts, where lead singer Oderus Urungus had a special announcement to make...

You can also check out the new song "Bloodbath" at this location, which comes off the band's new album "Battle Maximus," due out September 17th.

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GWAR To Join Soundwave Festival

Fresh off the GWAR-B-Q-, your lords and masters have announced that they will be conquering yet another festival.

That's right, everyone's favorite Scumdogs GWAR will be returning to the land down under to wreak havoc and make sweet Kangaroo love with the locals. The first show is Saturday February 22nd in Brisbane, followed by shows in Syndey, Melbourne, and Adelaide before wrapping up Monday March 3rd in Perth. A complete list of dates is below.

"Considering it was twice as big as last year's 2012 GWAR-B-Q and about eight times as slaughter-ific, your Lords and Masters, the mighty GWAR, are semi-satisfied," said lead singer Oderus Urungus, who was contacted at this Antarctican fortress. "The sheer amount of carnage inflicted...I mean I saw whole families just wiped out in the savage glee of the Pit of the GWAR-B-Q, willingly screaming as their bodies were pulped by our giant meat grinder. Every drop of GWAR Beer and GWAR B-Q Sauce was consumed, and all the bands ruled! And loyal bohab Goldmember repeated as Spew-O-Lympic champion it was far and away the greatest GWAR-B-Q yet.

"Now on to our new album Battle Maximus, the new GWAR album, featuring the debut of new Scumdog Pustulus Maximus. A new era of GWAR has begun. Hail FLATTUS, Hail GWAR, tell all of your friends that missed the 2013 GWAR-B-Q that they fucked up!"

On playing the Soundwave Festival, Oderus said: "We can't wait to come back to Australia as part of the colossal Soundwave Festival. Now if we could only figure out how to get there, if we swim, on Gor-Gor's back we should be able to decimate Asia nicely." More...

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GWAR Posts New Track "Bloodbath"

The biggest, sickest, most debauched party of the summer is just days away! That's right, Slave Pit Inc and your Lords and Masters GWAR are counting down the hours until the 4th Annual GWAR-B-Q.

The mighty GWAR will once again be headlining the event, and will of course feature songs from new album "Battle Maximus." The event will be held Saturday August 17th at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA. The event will be held RAIN OR SHINE. Nothing short of nuclear holocaust can stop GWAR, and even that is highly debatable…the GWAR B-Q is on, NO MATTER WHAT!!!

As a special treat for the human scum, Oderus Urungus has decided to give fans another taste of what they can expect from Battle Maximus. GWAR has teamed up with Vice to drop the next tasty morsel from "Battle Maximus" on your pointy little heads. Check out "Bloodbath" below.

Although he is deep in preparations trying to find enough "crackahol" (Oderus' new favorite drug, a mixture of booze and crack) to get through the weekend, Oderus would never pass up a chance to rant about a new song and the GWAR-B-Q:

"Bloodbath is a catchy little ditty straight from Scumdog City, with a sound reminiscent of past GWAR thrash-ter-pieces like Jack the World or Happy Death Day, yet completely different. It also features a ripping lead from new Scumdog Pustulus Maximus that is sure to melt your eardrums…lyrically it is a rumination on the inevitability of death for you mortals, and how you should not fear this…for death at the hands of GWAR is the most liberating experience you can ever have, especially in our Meat Grinder!" More...

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GWAR To Tour With A Band Of Orcs

The mighty GWAR is poised to return to the world of man as today the group announces the first leg of the massive "Madness at the Core of Time" world tour, in support of new album, "Battle Maximus," which is out September 17th on Metal Blade Records.

The tour, which features a completely brand-new show full of slavering creatures and deserving victims, is set to kick off October 2nd in Columbus, Ohio and runs through November 17th in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale this Friday August 2nd.

Said verbose front-thing Oderus Urungus, "Our loyal slaves have been laboring ceaselessly to create the ultimate GWAR show, and for this they have received nothing but abuse and torment. I know our legions of loyal fans will be delighted to experience a whole new cast of ridiculous characters, all of whom shall meet exceedingly messy ends to the soundtrack of slaughter that our new album shall provide. Get ready world...GWAR is coming!"

GWAR shall be joined by deathcore heavyweights and label-mates Whitechapel, Richmond, VA thrashers Iron Reagan (featuring Municipal Waste singer Tony Foresta) and A Band of Orcs (which is actually a band of Orcs).

The tour comes after an intense lead-up period, feautring the debut of a GWAR beer and GWAR B-Q sauce, several mini-tours and convention appearances, the second season of Oderus on FEAR.net's sitcom Holliston, and finally the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q. Tickets and more information on the GWAR-B-Q can be found at this location. More...

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GWAR Reveals New Album Details

Antarctic gods GWAR are set to return to the realms of man and reclaim their vice-like grip on the throat of humanity after spending the last year and a half working on their follow-up to 2011's "Bloody Pit of Horror."

The new recording, "Battle Maximus," is GWAR's first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player, Flattus Maximus, and is set to hit the streets on September 17th on Metal Blade Records.

Check out the first track, "Madness at the Core of Time" at this location.

"This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR," said warty front-thing Oderus Urungus. "The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR."

Oderus continued..."This is our first record in our brand-new Slave Pit Studios, which Flattus had a lead role in designing, but without him we had no one left to twiddle the buttons, much less play the blazing metal leads and provide the musical direction that rescued GWAR from the depths of clown-band obscurity. I mean, Balsac is no slouch, but Flattus' departure left a huge hole in our band. We had no choice. We had to blow the Horn of Hate..."

The Horn of Hate is an ancient Slave Pit contraption that summons all the Scumdogs in the Universe in the unlikely event that one of them is killed in battle, disintegrated, or becomes a Mormon. As the cosmic tones echoed throughout the universe (which unfortunately sounds like a giant duck-fart), the Maximus tribe answered the call by traveling to Earth to wage the mighty "Battle Maximus," a musical trial-by-combat for the right to follow in the footsteps of Flattus. When the dust had settled, but one Scumdog remained standing...the zit-encrusted and undeniably shred-tastic Pustulus Maximus. More...

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