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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
 
YouTube: Michael Morris
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

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

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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Chad Childers, Loudwire
Chad Childers, Loudwire

GWAR to Release ‘Orgasmageddon’ Comic in June

Get ready for the new GWAR comic, 'Orgasmageddon.'

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Dave Brockie
Metal Blade

Three Years Ago: GWAR Mastermind Dave Brockie Passes Away

For intergalactic warriors and metal fans alike, March 23, 2014 was a sad day as we lost GWAR front-thing Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie.

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YouTube: Mrs. Woman

‘Two Minutes to Late Night’ Host Gwarsenio Hall Gets Into Legal Tussle With GWAR

In this 'Two Minutes to Late Night' sketch, host Gwarsenio Hall faces a lawsuit for using GWAR in his name.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR-B-Q Postponed Until 2018 While Band Works on New Album

Sorry Bohabs, there will be no GWAR-B-Q in 2017, but there is good news concerning a new album.

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Chad Childers / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Full Lineup Revealed for Berserker IV Festival Featuring GWAR, Eyehategod + More

The entire Berserker IV lineup has been announced, lead by GWAR and Eyehategod, and tickets are on sale now.

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Loudwire

GWAR Name ‘Producer’ of New Album, Give Tips for Staying Dry at Shows [Exclusive Interview]

We caught up with GWAR on Halloween, where Andrew W. Just O.K. spoke with the band about their forthcoming album and played a fun game with Blothar + Pustulus.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR Enlist Donald Trump + Hillary Clinton for Bloody Awesome AC/DC Cover

Watch as GWAR perform AC/DC's 'If You Want Blood' with a 'guest appearance' from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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