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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
 
GWAR's Oderus Urungus
Loudwire

GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Reads ‘Goodnight Moon’ (Never-Before-Seen Outtake)

While browsing through our video archives, we found a portion of Oderus' reading of the classic children's book which was never released.

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Miikka Skaffari, Getty Images / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

I.D.S.F.A. Release Tribute Song To GWAR’s Oderus Urungus

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Loudwire

You Think You Know GWAR?

You Think You Know GWAR? Test your knowledge of the intergalactic metal heroes in this edition of You Think You Know Metal?

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR Dismissal of Kim Dylla Leads to Online Spat Over Vulvatron Character

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR Part Ways With Kim Dylla, But Expect Vulvatron Character to Continue

GWAR are parting ways with Kim Dylla, who performed as Vulvatron, but may not be saying goodbye to the character.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR History Revisited in ‘Let There Be GWAR’ Book

GWAR will release a new book titled 'Let There Be GWAR' later this year.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR Announce ’30 Years of Total Domination’ Tour With Butcher Babies + Battlecross

GWAR will be hitting the road in late summer for the '30 Years of Total Domination' tour.

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Spencer Kaufman / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Down, Goatwhore + More To Play 2015 GWAR-B-Q

After some details were revealed last month for the 6th annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, Va., we now know some of the bands that will be rocking the three day extravaganza taking place Aug. 14-16.

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Metal Blade

GWAR Issue Statement About Lawsuit Filed by Dave Brockie’s Father

The members of GWAR have responded after learning that Dave Brockie's father had filed a lawsuit against them.

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