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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.
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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.
Shortly after the band's current European tour, Georgian act Kylesa will tour the U.S. once again, this time with GWAR. Here is the currently confirmed list of gigs:
12 Apr 12 New Orleans, LA (US) The Parish @ House of Blues
13 Apr 12 San Antonio, TX (US) Backstage Live
14 Apr 12 Corpus Christi, TX (US) House of Rock
16 Apr 12 Pensacola, FL (US) Vinyl Music Hall
17 Apr 12 Orlando, FL (US) Beacham Theater
18 Apr 12 Jacksonville, FL (US) Freebird Live
19 Apr 12 Asheville, NC (US) The Orange Peel
20 Apr 12 N. Myrtle Beach, SC (US) House of Blues
21 Apr 12 Baltimore, MD (US) Sonar
22 Apr 12 Columbus, OH (US) Newport Music Hall
23 Apr 12 Nashville, TN (US) Marathon Music Works
25 Apr 12 Buffalo, NY (US) The Town Ballroom
26 Apr 12 Poughkeepsie, NY (US) The Chance
27 Apr 12 Hampton Beach, NH (US) Wally's Pub
28 Apr 12 Allentown, PA (US) Crocodile Rock
Not content with five weeks of North American destruction and devastation, mutant overlords GWAR have announced a second leg to their Spring "Return of the World Maggot Tour." This leg kicks off April 13th in San Antonio, Texas and wraps up April 28th in Allentown, PA. Support on this leg of the tour will come from Kylesa, Ghoul and Legacy of Disorder.
"These press releases usually go something like this--", said bellicose front-thing Oderus Urungus. "There is a general statement about what GWAR is up to, then I say something stupid, then it goes to a list of the shows and a bunch of links. That's what's happening right now. We really have to work harder to make these things more interesting."
Oderus adjusted his tie and continued -- "We are finishing this last spate of shows as a tribute to fallen Scumdog Flattus Maximus, and will be playing as a four piece behind the screaming assault of Balsac. In this way we shall give all the US bohabs ample chance to fall to their knees in a sobbing heap when confronted with the reality of Flattus' departure...and a chance to say farewell. Then GWAR can move forward, and we shall."
The first leg of the tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater on Friday March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the "Smoot Family Fund" which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child. Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers Municipal Waste and California's Ghoul. Legacy of Disorder will join the tour on March 20th in Boston and will run through April 11th in Fort Collins, CO.
GWAR'S upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
After a brief arctic slumber your Lords and Masters GWAR will be returning to the road this Spring on the second leg of their "Return of the World Maggot Tour." The tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater on Friday March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the "Smoot Family Fund" which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child.
Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers Municipal Waste and California's Ghoul. Legacy of Disorder will join the tour on March 20th in Boston and the tour will run through April 11th in Fort Collins, CO. Personal slave to Oderus and Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say:
"All the years of doing GWAR could never have prepared us for what we have been through, and I want to thank the metal community and the extended GWAR family for all of your support. Finishing that last tour was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and we still have about half of the country left to hit. We will continue as a four-piece, with the special tribute to Flattus at the end of the show, in order to give our fans a chance to say goodbye to our fallen Scumdog brother in true GWAR fashion-covered in blood and rocking the fuck out! After this tour is over we can start looking to the future and begin to put this tragedy behind us. But for now we are still in 'Hail Flattus' mode! There are still a couple of weeks worth of shows TBA, so if you don't see your city, don't freak out!"
Dates are as follows: More...
On Saturday night, January 7th, 2012, the metal community took another step in dealing with the tragic death of long-time GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot by holding the first of two events in a three-show schedule of shows designed to support the Smoot Family Foundation and honor the life of this prolific artist, who died of a heart attack this past November at the age of only 34.
Cory had played the role of Flattus Maximus in the world's most infamous band for eleven years, as well as participated in many side projects, while at the same time producing and engineering tons of records at his always busy Karma Studios. In doing so he had become a treasured part of the local and national metal scene, and they turned out in force to both events, opening their hearts to Cory's family in a completely selfless display of solidarity, respect, and generosity.
Cory's widow, Jaime, who is pregnant with Cory's child, had this message for the fans: "I want to sincerely thank ALL the friends and fans for their amazing donations and support!! Thanks to Eve and Brent for organizing the events, to the businesses that contributed raffle prizes, and to the venues and bands for making the shows awesome!! You guys made Cory, the baby and me very proud!" More...
Gwar released the final track that was recorded with Cory Smoot ("Flattus Maximus"), who suddenly passed away this year, as a tribute to his memory. The track is a cover of Dayglo Abortions 1993 song "Isn't This Disgusting."
The song is available through iTunes at this location. All proceeds from the sale of the track will be given to the Smoot Family Fund in honor of the guitarist.
Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus had the following comments on the cover: "The Dayglos have always been one of my favourite bands ever since we played a show with them 25 years ago. So when we heard about this project we were completely stoked, not just with the idea, but the song selected for us. It pretty much sums up my whole attitude. But I had no idea it would the last time I worked with Cory Smoot in the studio. This track has Cory’s last studio leads, and as usual, they fucking rip. Cory may have left us but his music will live forever. CRANK IT!"
Dayglo Abortions' The Cretin also commented on the cover: "This makes me feel like I have accomplished something with my life. It is a bigger compliment than any industry award or anything else I can think of. Bigger than recognition from peers. A pat on the back from the big boys. I believe proceeds from this go to Cory Smoot’s family fund. So shell out the buck 99, then e-mail me a copy, ‘cuz I can’t afford it. Cheers to GWAR."
Following news of the cancellation of the European leg of Gwar's "Return of the World Maggot" Tour in January, Oderus Urungus has taken to Twitter to vent some of his disgust at the promoters and other factors that gave rise to the cancellation. While stressing his love for the die-hard European Gwar fans, he hits out at the reasons behind it all on @TheRealOderus. Below are some excerpts and a screen shot. Follow Oderus' Tweets at this location.
Of all the American (dual citizenship w/ Antarctica) bands that tour there, we probably have the most appreciation for European culture.More...
Getting disturbing reports of zero promotion and tickets still on sale...the sad part is we LOVE YOU EUROPE. We really miss you.
Believe me, if we had the money, we would, we have done it before!
And I will fucking go after it, this whole fucking thing pisses me off so bad, and I am just looking for a neck to wrap my hands around.
For now our focus must be on making sure that all of those fans who bought tickets get their money back. If you don't, tell me DIRECTLY.
This is but another bump in the road for the mighty GWAR! It shall not hinder nor dissuade us in our unholy quest...whatever that is.
It breaks my black heart that they shall be deprived of this...BUT
I know they wanted to say goodbye to Flattus. really, our fans in Europe are some of the most fanatical and loyal I have ever known.
The European leg of GWAR's "Return of the World Maggot" tour, scheduled to kick off in January 2012 has been cancelled after several promoters pulled the plug on shows, citing poor ticket sales.
GWAR spokesman Dave Brockie commented on the tour's cancellation: "Several of the promoters were alarmed by the low ticket sales, and they decided to start pulling the plug on shows. It got to the point where we had lost so many shows that we simply could not afford to do the tour."
Brockie continued: "We are super disappointed that this happened, and we apologize to all of our European fans for cancelling the tour. We did everything we could possibly do to save it, but it just didn't work out. The tickets are fully refundable so make sure you get your money back!"
In other GWAR related news, Oderus and Balsac were recently "hired" by MTV's Next Movie to review the new Steven Spielberg's new epic, "War Horse." Are your Mutant Overlords the next Siskel and Ebert??? Find out here.
GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot also passed away in November, and the family recently released a statement regarding the cause of death and a fund to raise money for Cory's surviving family.
The Smoot family and Slave Pit Inc. have released a statement regarding the official cause of death of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot. Cory had played the character of Flattus Maximus for over ten years, and was discovered dead on the band's tour bus on Nov. 3rd of this year. He was 34.
Stated North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD:
"We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease."
The band, which will continue as a four-piece until the current tour schedule is complete, has officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus, and has announced no plans regarding a new GWAR-tarist.
Metal Blade and GWAR have since set-up the Smoot Family Foundation to raise funds for Cory's wife, Jaime, and their unborn child. Donations can be made here. Also, at The Canal Club in Richmond, Va. on January 7th there will be a record release show (featuring Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, DBX and more) for Cory's solo record, "When Worlds Collide," which he had completed working on just prior to his death. The album will be released early next year, with all proceeds going to the Smoot Family Fund.
One of Metalunderground.com's contributors was also recently on hand at a GWAR concert in New Orleans. You can check out a report from the show at this location.
The Hangar was packed for the return of GWAR on the “Return of the Maggot” Tour. The terrible incident that GWAR had been through hung in the air with curiosity about what exactly the show would be like. However, that did not stop the reveling mass from enjoying the other bands. More...
Ancient Antarctic metal marauders GWAR will carry on with their plans to tour Europe in January 2012, despite the recent death of guitarist Cory Smoot, during the bands "Return of the World Maggot Tour."
Said GWAR spokesman Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus-- "When Cory died, we all wanted to go home and take care of the family and our own grief. But the best way to do that is by playing all the shows we have planned. The response from the U.S. metal community and especially the whole international GWAR family has been overwhelmingly supportive...these GWAR fans need the chance to pay their respects to Cory, and cancelling any shows would deprive them of that.
"Let's make these shows a celebration of Cory Smoot, one of the most amazing players in metal...I am calling on the European GWAR family to get out there and drag everybody in sight to these gigs! We shall honor Flattus Maximus in the only way we know how...by rocking the fuck out!!!"
The Smoots, GWAR, and Metal Blade Records have created the "Smoot Family Fund," and GWAR and Slave Pit are calling on the metal community to support Cory's family in this tragic time. Donations can be made here.
"C'mon everybody from our rock star buddies to the most zit-covered bohab," said Brockie. "Cory had a growing family that is going to need help-for a long time. Of course GWAR is doing everything we can, and we need you to help as well."
If you would prefer to donate to the Smoot Family Fund by mail, the address is:
Slave Pit Inc
C/O Smoot Family Fund
PO Box 5225
Richmond, VA 23220 More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of GWAR performing unmasked in Portland Oregon on November 9th in honor of Cory "Flattus Maximus" Smoot, who passed away earlier this month. You can check out the clip below.
A formal statement from GWAR's lead singer Dave Brockie about Smoot's death is also available by heading over here.
Phil Anselmo, the vocalist of New Orleans based supergroup Down and former singer of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has posted a video message online in which he offers his condolences to Gwar, after the recent death of their guitarist Cory Smoot, who passed away in his bunk on November 3rd. You can check out the video below. A memorial service for Smoot will take place tomorrow at the Bennett Funeral Home Chesterfield Chapel, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway in Chesterfield, VA. The service begins at 4pm and is open to the public. More...
GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, who suddenly died on the band's tour bus last week, was about to be a father, according to his obituary. Smoot's wife, Jamie, is pregnant and is due in June 2012, the obituary states.
The moving obituary, posted on the website of Bennett Funeral Homes in Virginia, recalls Cory as "tender-hearted," "generous," and "loyal."
"Cory's identity was not that of 'Flattus Maximus,' a man-made creature created by Gwar. Cory is a real legend that was taken too soon in life and away from his calling as a son, brother, husband, father and musician," the obituary states. "He will always be remembered by those who truly loved him and knew who he genuinely was. He will never be forgotten! Cory's legacy will continue through his only child who will arrive to meet family sometime in June 2012."
A public memorial service is being held Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home Chesterfield Chapel, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway in Chesterfield, VA.
The family has also set up the Smoot Family Fund. Details on how to give will be forthcoming.
GWAR, meanwhile, has continued its tour but has canceled a show tonight in Oregon and another tomorrow in San Francisco so the band can attend the funeral.
Here are the remaining dates of the tour, which also includes Every Time I Die, Ghoul and Warbeast: More...
GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie has released a statement regarding the passing of guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus. Below is the entire statement:
"After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.
"As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.
"The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes. More...