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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.
A new video interview has been posted online, courtesy of The Age of Metal, with Master Of The Universe and Gwar vocalist Oderus Urungus.
The video is available below and was shot in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theater. A recently posted video interview with Gwar's new member Pustulus Maximus is also available at this location.
Metal Injection has posted the first ever video interview with new GWAR guitarist, Pustulus Maximus.
Pustulus was joined by frontman Oderus Urungus and drummer Jizmak the Gusha for the conversation, which featured talk of the band's new tour, when fans can expect a new album, and Gwar's take on Halloween costumes.
Metal Injection & Peavey have premiered another episode of "Louder Education," a new collaborative show starring Testament shredder Alex Skolnick. On the season finale, GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus talks about celebrity culture, the history of GWAR, and he sets the record straight about his feelings on Megadeth's Dave Mustaine.
At the end of it all, not only does Oderus jam with the kids on the GWAR crusher "Let Us Slay," but Alex Sklonick joins him and the kids for an encore jam of the Testament jam, "The Preacher." Check out the clip below. The entire season of "Louder Education" is also now available for viewing at Metal Injection here. More...
Intergalactic space mutants GWAR will kick off their North American tour dubbed the "Fate or Chaos" tour this Friday October 12th in Philadelphia, PA. The tour will run through November 26th wrapping up in Pittsburgh, PA. Direct support on the tour will be provided by DevilDriver, with Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder rounding out the bill.
GWAR lead throat thing Oderus Urungus spoke about the upcoming tour: "We are pleased as piss-punch to be back on the road with old buddies DevilDriver and Legacy of Disorder, and very stoked to also have Cancer Bats with us. They are from Canada right? Why do so many cool things come from a place they call America's Hat? Who is to say that America isn't Canada's sweater? No matter! With a nod to departed Scumdog Flattus Maximus, let the games begin with a BRAND NEW SHOW. Let the era of Pustulus Maximus begin!"
It was announced last week that Pustulus Maximus has now joined GWAR as an official Scumdog brother. Little is known about this being, other than that he has a skin condition where his face and feet are covered in painful pustules that can only be soothed by the application of savage metal, spoiled elephant semen, or oral sex. Pustulus is also rumored to be half-deaf, which leads him to yell at everyone, which he does often, because he is convinced everyone in the band is ignoring him when actually he just can't hear what they are saying. It is not known whether he crashed his Scumship into Antarctica or wandered up from the depths of GWAR's Antarctic fortress - all that is known is that he is here, now, and is ready to ROCK. More...
It was a little less than a year ago that the world was rocked by the passing of Flattus Maximus, back to the cosmos from whence he came. And since that day fans of GWAR have wondered how the mighty overlords would deal with the void it left within the band. The members of GWAR responded the only way they knew how - by soldiering on and continuing to play as a four piece.
But from the very beginning of that phase, the quest began to find the new Scumdog that was in every way as magnificent as his predecessor. Today the members of GWAR are pleased to inform their legions of followers, and even more so their many enemies, that once again the band is whole, with the proclamation that long lost cousin of Flattus, Pustulus Maximus, has officially joined the band in the position of lead guitarist, and will join with the group on their upcoming "Fate or Chaos" tour.
Pustulus offered his first words to the press with the following, "At this point I have nothing to say to the press, even though I am talking to you. I will let my guitar speak for itself. But let me add that I am bloodsworn to honor the legacy of the great Flattus and indeed the whole Maximus tribe. I didn't come here to fuck around. HAIL FLATTUS!" More...
"Beyond our wildest dreams, and they can get pretty kinky, we were almost completely 100 % satisfied with this years GWAR-B-Q," said lead singer Oderus Urungus, reached at his Antarctic bungalo. "Everything went well, except that hottie from Attack of the Show didn't show up...but I suppose that is understandable. We did feed her to a worm last year!"
From everything to the weather (which was an enjoyable 85 degrees), to the authorities (who seemed to be enjoying themselves), to the bands (who all put on amazing sets), all conditions were in perfect alignment and the much-anticipated event went off without a hitch...well, almost.
Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say about the event: "The 'Meat and Beat' went great, and Oderus stayed in the area an extra three hours to make sure everybody got to hang out with their Lord and Master. It was a great line-up of great bands, and we got to see both Sleazy P. AND The Sexecutioner! It was a huge improvement over last year (when we didn't even manage to have it outside) - we made big strides this year and I am sure next year we will get even bigger and better. Rest assured any hiccups we had have been noted and will be sorted out for next year's event...so see ya at GWAR-B-Q 2013!"
See GWAR live on the following upcoming dates: More...
California's Devildriver is preparing to hit the road one final time in North America in support of latest release "Beast." The tour is scheduled to kick off October 7th in Grand Junction, Colorado with a string of headlining dates before the band meets up with GWAR on October 12th in Philadelphia, PA to start the "Fate or Chaos" tour. Devildriver will also play select headline dates during off days of the tour with GWAR. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
Frontman Dez Fafara commented on the upcoming tour with GWAR: "Devildriver was going to take some time off from our touring schedule in October and November, but when we were asked to support GWAR, it was a resounding YES in our Camp!
"The GWAR tour we did is still the most fun the band and I have ever had on a run and we are all excited and looking forward to these shows. Our crowds go together well and it will be Halloween Season so it seems appropriate and fitting we should be out on the road at this time and with a timeless act like The All Mighty GWAR! HAIL to the Devils Duo about to ride together again!"
Devildriver recently announced its signing to Napalm Records. Following this tour, the band will take some time off and will then head out for a European tour in February of 2013. Look for the band to be back with their new album and Napalm Records debut in 2014. More...
Intergalactic Mutant Overlords GWAR are plotting their return to the road this fall. Taking a break from working on their new album as well as an extended arctic slumber, GWAR is back with an entirely new show. Your lords and masters will be wreaking havoc across North America, with support coming from DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy of Disorder. The tour is currently scheduled to kick off October 12th in Philadelphia, PA and run through November 26th in Millvale, PA. More dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th.
When asked for comment on the upcoming tour, GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus muttered something incoherent, then when prodded a bit more muttered something else incoherent. After the third attempt for comment something more intelligible came from the mouth of the warty one:
"Once again GWAR returns, hoof and nail, to our old stomping grounds, North America, on a tour of utter destruction, and this time nothing less than the greatest power in the universe will do as our primary victim! That's right, this time GWAR, fresh from our battle with Death, takes on another of history's biggest assholes...God himself! Seeing as we don't have the new album done yet, we really had to do something spectacular..."
Oderus belched out a midget and continued, "This tour will also see the arrival of a new Scumdog brother to aid GWAR in our quest to destroy everything that sucks. That's right, I can finally reveal certain details regarding our new album...ever since our missing band mate Flattus Maximus took his leave of Earth, members of the Maximus tribe have been showing up at our Antarctic fortress, not only to pay their respects but also eat all of our food. And also lay tracks on the new album! You see, every member of the Maximus family rips on guitar (though Flattus taught them all they know), and they were anxious to help us fill the void left by Flattus. We have been working with his brothers Pustulus, Infecticus, Bubonus and even the shunned Corpulus...and right now they are fighting it out as to which one of them will stay here with the mighty GWAR for the 'FATE OR CHAOS' Tour...and beyond! Get ready world, this fall shall see the birth of a new Scumdog!" More...
GWAR has posted a new teaser clip for the upcoming 2012 GWAR-B-Q, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following press release:
"In what is shaping up to be the most amazing social event in the history of the human race, the Slave Pit has released an official teaser not only to promote the event, but to assure their warped followers that no effort is being spared to make this the greatest GWAR-B-Q ever! Shot on location and also in their top-secret studio facility, the commercial was directed by long-time GWAR slave Davis Bradley and is available for viewing at your number one source for all GWAR-B-Q information here.
"In case you didn't know already, Ring Dog Rescue and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to present the 2012 GWAR-B-Q, being held Aug. 18th at Hadad's Water Park in lovely Richmond, Va.! Tickets are available online or you can pick up physical tickets at Plan 9 Records in Carytown or Vinyl Conflict Records in Oregon Hill. More...
Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR, will be writing and illustrating (with the help of fellow Slave Pit artist Matt Maguire) the tabletop RPG adventure Towers Two as part of a Crowd Funding campaign for the "Lamentations of the Flame Princess" Weird Fantasy Role-Playing game.
The adventure will tell a story of insanity and dread: The mighty 'Towers Two' had stood as a symbol of stability and prosperity over a world that was increasingly slipping into chaos. But ever since the difficult birth of the identical twin brothers Rondrel and Zal, a shadow has fallen over the family and the land they had ruled for centuries. The brothers quarreled over the power they had inherited from their father, squandering their wealth, and sending the line into decay. The nearby village of Ham, once happy to call Towers Two and the Family Hune their protectors, now live in fear of the fortress and it inhabitants.
"I'm completely stoked to be doing this, and I really hope the crowd funding venture is successful, even though I waited to the last second to start promoting it," Brockie says. "I am an old-school DM, and ran custom adventures out of my worlds for over 20 years until the point where I felt we had committed every possible atrocity and wrenched every permutation out of the D+D system, which I really had abandoned anyway. I began to do horrible things to my players. One group wandered the Abyss for two years until they finally realized they were damned, even though I never told them. Out of boredom I ran a Lawful Good campaign of elves, just to kill them off with the worst monsters I could think of. We used to play on the tour bus all the time, but as GWAR started getting hotter groupies I finally got bored with it." More...
Today Ring Dog Rescue and Slave Pit Inc. have released the final lineup for their annual summer slaughter-fest, THE GWAR-B-Q, which takes place on August 18th. The lineup is as follows:
Black Naked Wings
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. All of the set times and set lengths are TBA and tickets will be available at this location starting on July 9th. This year's GWAR-B-Q takes place at Hadads Water Park. More...
Portland rock band Emberghost is thrilled to announce that Michael Derks of legendary metal band Gwar, will join the band as the featured guitarist on their Not Long For This Earth project. Derks connected with Emberghost via mutual friend Kristen Randall, who was announced last week as the replacement for departed keyboardist and co-vocalist Sarah Jennings.
Derks says of his new venture:
"Kristen and I have been talking about doing a project for years, and when she introduced me to Emberghost, I saw the perfect opportunity to do something different." More...
After months of paperwork, hoop-jumping, and making the appropriate sacrifices, today Slave Pit is pleased to announce that the GWAR-B-Q is 100% completely legal and confirmed, and set for August 18th at Hadad's Lake. As you may recall, last year's GWAR-B-Q was switched from Hadad's to the National Theater because of problems getting the correct permits.
"All the proper arrangements have been made in triplicate and the proper demonic sponsorships attained," said GWAR spokes-thing Oderus Urungus. "It's going to be a stinking hot, beer and beef-smeared metallic murderfest of unprecedented debauchery...the most splat-tac-cular GWAR-B-Q!"
The following press release was also issued:
"This marks the third consecutive year for the growing festival, and like last year GWAR will headline the event. As Best Friends Day, the hugely popular Richmond music fest, is taking this summer off, the GWAR-B-Q is set to be the hugest heavy music event of the Richmond summer scene. Bands will be spread across two stages and feature such acts as The Casualties, GHOUL, Valient Thorr, Occultist, Lionize, Highness, Antietam 1862, MUTWAWA, and Black Naked Wings. There will also be Spew-O-Lympics, numerous food vendors, endless streams of golden nectar, pools to cool your fevered sun-burn, and much much more, including the return of the Sexecutioner to the GWAR stage for the first time in twelve years. Sexy has completed a lengthy sabbatical beneath the catacombs of Paris with his good friend, Prince Ray Pierre, better known as 'Frenchy,' the demon of France. His return to the rock stage provides the promise of attaining unprecedented levels of naughtiness." More...
The master of the Earth—that is, GWAR lead singer Oderus Urungus—has a few choice words for humans who "take animals, rip their skins off, and make marmoset banana hammocks with them."
In a brand-new video for peta2, PETA's youth division, Urungus pronounces "a bitter doom on those who fuck with our furry friends"—who he says are humans' "superiors"—and announces GWAR's new plan for an all-natural alternative to fur: the pubic hair of prison inmates.
"GWAR is titillated to be working with peta2, in this, the latest thing that GWAR is doing," says Urungus. "We'll be providing the humans with an alternative to animal fur and also helping improve the hygiene of this country's vast prison industry, in a collaboration that is sure to rip off a few heads."
As you may recall, this is GWAR's second video for peta2. The first, titled "Fight Humans, Not Dogs," pitted a GWAR "slave" against The Red Chord's Guy Kozowyk in a no-holds-barred match. More information is available through peta2 at this location. More...
Fresh off the latest six-week orgy of blood, booze, and missing children that was the second half of GWAR's "Return of the World Maggot/Farewell, Flattus Maximus" North American tour, the members of rock and roll's hardest working band have returned to the vastness of their Antarctica fortress to begin work on "a shitload of projects, all destined to rule..." said lead-singer Oderus Urungus. It all adds up to a summer of debauched excess for GWAR fans.
The band capped off the latest tour in grand fashion, sticking to the four-piece line-up that was thrust upon our plucky barbarian overlords after the tragic exodus of guitarist Flattus Maximus' from this mudball planet to the eternity of the cosmos, which occurred in November of last year as the band was just getting rolling on a huge two-part tour of North America.
The band elected to stick it out not just for the remainder of the fall tour, but retain the line-up with Balsac, the Jaws of Death, as sole guitar player. Every night the band would end the set with a special tribute to Cory Smoot, a musician whose talent was so immense that no one could ever fill his giant rubber feet, thus compelling GWAR to officially retire the character of Flattus Maximus. Faced with the daunting task of finding a new Scumdog who can match the standard of excellence the band demands, GWAR has activated certain contingency plans, and the process that will hopefully lead to a new and hellish alignment with some kind of hideous creature, one capable of slaying thousands with just one note. Needless to say, auditions are not "open." GWAR is also writing material for a new album, which could be out as early as several thousand years from now. More...
Metal Injection has released the second episode of a series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This is the second of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal."
Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest subjects to occur in the metal scene in the last decade and this edition focuses on the ever growing amount of sub-genres in heavy metal that formed in the last decade, with genres such as metalcore, deathcore, pirate metal, re-thrash and more "out there" genres like crabcore and Sumeriancore discussed.
TuRbO's Metal Meltdown has posted an interview online with Gwar's Oderus Urungus, in which he lets the world know how he feels about Dave Mustaine's recent headline grabbing comments about President Obama's country of birth, his support for Rick Santorum, and his thoughts about African women having children.
A snippet from the interview can be heard in the player below, featuring the typically colorful and choice words we've come to love and expect from Oderus. TuRbO's Metal Meltdown also commented:
"I scored an interview with Gwar's Oderus Urungus while they stopped in Tulsa to play a show at Cain's Ballroom. This is what Oderus had to say about Dave Mustaine when I asked about the recent media exposure that Mustaine has been receiving based on comments from his latest interviews. Check out the show Tuesday nights 8 to Midnight and Wednesdays from 11 to 2am on RSU Radio 91.3 FM or visit the facebook page. Stream the show online at this location."
Using the latest in scientific technology, Metal Injection implanted a webcam chip in the eye of GWAR overlord Oderus Urungus. The site will broadcast ongoing transmissions as part of a new web series "Eye of Oderus" taking a look at what happens backstage on GWAR's current tour with Municipal Waste and Ghoul. The first edition of the series can be viewed below or via Metal Injection. More...
GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus, having been banished from FOX News Channel's "The Red Eye," makes his return to the cable airwaves with a March 19 appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.
"I'm not gonna lie. I am a big Dan fan, and a proud member of the Dan-nation. I find his smarmy charm most ingratiating. I also hope he can help me with my hair," Oderus said.
"I'm not gonna lie...I hate people that say 'I'm not gonna lie'. I mean, what does that mean, that someone usually does lie when they talk to you?" he added. "That unless they preface everything they say to you with 'I'm not gonna lie", you should assume they are lying to you? Dan Patrick would never do that. Dan's a straight-shooter."
Oderus - in the midst of a U.S. tour with GWAR - is expected to talk sports on the show, which airs on DirecTV, Fox and Comcast sports channels. Besides talking about his new FEARnet TV show, "Holliston," and GWAR, he's expected to unveil his NCAA basketball bracket.
"I have the VCU Rams triumphing over the Jamaican bob-sled team," he cracked.
The show airs from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST.
Gwar has checked in with the following announcement about working on new songs for an upcoming album:
"Like any band worth it's salt, GWAR is constantly working on new songs. What's different now is that the band has it's own in-house recording studio/jam space, so everything they do is tracked.
"There is no release date, no gory details but rest assured of one thing...GWAR is working on a new album, and it will be a tribute to their lost Scumdog brother, Flattus Maximus! Watch Oderus' Twitter feed for updates!"
Gwar also has a string of upcoming U.S. tour dates in March and April, with full details available at this location.