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The self-proclaimed Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR developed an ambitious, over-the-top and highly entertaining stage production, complete with grotesque costumes and stage props, that eventually transformed them into one of heavy metal’s most unique and beloved concert attractions. So much so, that the characters and themes they have created over the ensuing decades now promise to outlive even the men and women behind them, as they already have the troupe’s longtime leader Dave Brockie, who died from a heroin overdose in 2014. Vocalist Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus) started piecing together the GWAR concept with numerous collaborators around 1984, in the city of Richmond, Virginia, and by 1988, he and guitarists Dewey Rowell (Flattus Maximus) and Steve Douglas (Balsac the Jaws of Death), bassist Michael Bishop (Beefcake the Mighty) and drummer Rob Mosby (Nippleus Erectus) had released their punk-inflected debut ‘Hell-O.’ Their proper breakthrough, ‘Scumdogs of the Universe,’ followed two years later, boasting a crossover thrash sound, and introducing drummer Brad Roberts (Jizmak da Gusha) and backing vocalist/performer Danielle Stampe (Sly-menstra Hymen). This album, in particular (the group’s first for Metal Blade), was enthusiastically championed by England’s influential Kerrang! Magazine, and essentially established the GWAR brand among in-the-know metal fans ‘round the globe. This cult stardom, though never huge, was never small, and Brockie and co. continued to foster it with fantastic stage shows (known for dowsing willing fans/victims with mystery fluids), alien origin stories, and other far-flung concepts over a series of well-received albums like 1992’s ‘America Must Be Destroyed,’ ’94’s ‘This Toilet Earth,’ ’97’s musically experimental ‘Carnival of Chaos,’ and 2001’s return-to-thrash ‘Violence Has Arrived.’ All the while, Brockie personally guided the band’s franchise, conceiving of ancillary GWAR products ranging from comic books, to trading cards, to barbecue sauce, always out of the group’s Richmond, VA headquarters — lovingly known as the Slave Pit. But on March 23, 2014, Brockie suffered the aforementioned fatal overdose, briefly casting GWAR’s future into doubt before surviving band members announced they would carry on in Brockie’s memory, with former bassist Michael Bishop soon tapped for future vocal duties.

  • Selected Discography: ‘Scumdogs of the Universe’ (1990), ‘America Must be Destroyed’ (1992), ‘Vilocen has Arrived’ (2001), ‘Battle Maximus’ (2013)
  • Related Artists: Dave Brockie Experience, X-Cops, Rigor Mortis, Green Jelly
  • Further Reading: 10 Best GWAR Songs, 11 Greatest GWAR Moments
 
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

GWAR Unleash Ska-Inflected New Song ‘El Presidente’

Take a listen to GWAR's new anti-authoritarian song and watch Beefcake the Mighty interrupt President Trump at a strange speaking engagement.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Metallica, GWAR + Mastodon Among Artists to Issue LPs on Pink Vinyl for Charity

Metallica, GWAR and Mastodon are among the 10 artists taking part in the Ten Bands One Cause project, reissuing their albums on limited edition pink vinyl.

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Metal Blade
Metal Blade

GWAR Reveal ‘The Blood of Gods’ Artwork + Track Listing, Unveil ‘F–k This Place’ Video

Get more details on GWAR's 'The Blood of Gods' album and watch their new video for 'F--k This Place.'

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

GWAR Announce Fall 2017 North American Tour

This fall will be a busy one for GWAR as the Scumdogs of the Universe will release a new studio album in October and embark on a lengthy North American tour.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

GWAR Reveal ‘The Blood of the Gods’ Album Release Plans, Plus News on The Word Alive, CKY + More

GWAR have nailed down a release date for 'The Blood of the Gods' album, plus get tour news on CKY, Barb Wire Dolls, Chuck Mosley, Michale Graves and more.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

GWAR ‘Slay’ American Authors Singer at California Warped Tour Stop

Does GWAR's murderous rampage know no bounds?

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

GWAR’s Beefcake the Mighty ‘Kills’ Silverstein Bassist at New Jersey Warped Tour Stop, Joins Band for ‘Ghost’

There's always some surprises on Warped Tour and here, GWAR's Beefcake the Mighty offed a member of Silverstein, taking his place onstage.

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YouTube: Michael Morris

GWAR Debut New Song ‘F–k This Place’ Live in Seattle

GWAR have debuted 'F--k This Place,' their first new song since the death of Oderus Urungus.

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Chad Childers, Loudwire
Chad Childers, Loudwire

GWAR Announce ‘The Blood of Gods’ Album + Vans Warped Tour Pre-Sale

GWAR have revealed 'The Blood of Gods' as their new album title and revealed how those attending Vans Warped Tour can be ensured of getting the disc.

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Dietrich Zeigler
Dietrich Zeigler

GWAR Call Out Kathy Griffin for ‘Stolen’ Severed Trump Head Bit

GWAR have been brutally slaying presidents for decades, indiscriminately dismembering politicians from both sides of the aisle.

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