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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 Read More: GWAR News

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

Down - Goatwhore
Spencer Kaufman / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

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

GWAR
Metal Blade

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

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Dave Brockie’s Father Sues GWAR Members Over Late Frontman’s Remains, Possessions + More

Oderus Urungus
Loudwire

In a shocking lawsuit, late GWAR leader Dave Brockie's father has sued the surviving band members and their management company, Slave Pit Inc.

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GWAR Reveal Plans for 2015 GWAR-B-Q

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

GWAR will return to Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia this August for the 6th annual GWAR-B-Q.

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One Year Ago: GWAR Mastermind Dave Brockie Passes Away

Dave Brockie
Metal Blade

For intergalactic warriors and metal fans alike, March 23, 2014 was a sad day.

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10 Hilarious GWAR Moments [Watch]

GWAR
Metal Blade

In remembrance of metal's maddest scientist, Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie we've put together this Loud List of 10 Hilarious GWAR Moments.

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Metal Fans Petition to Get GWAR’s Oderus Urungus as a Character in ‘Mortal Kombat X’

GWAR Oderus Urungus
Brad Barket, Getty Images

If fans get their way, you could be able to play as GWAR's Oderus Urungus in 'Mortal Kombat X.'

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GWAR Officially Open GWARbar Restaurant

GWAR Bar
Photo by Killshot Photography

GWAR have added to their empire with the opening of the GWARbar in Richmond, Virginia.

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GWAR Unleash New Lineup + Remember Oderus Urungus at New York City Show

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

It was bittersweet to see GWAR perform onstage at New York City's Irving Plaza on Nov 30.

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GWAR’s Blothar + Vulvatron on Killing Humans, Smoking ‘Future Crack’ + More!

GWAR
Metal Blade

Before the intergalactic warmongers attempted to murder us, we managed to make communication with GWAR for an awesome interview.

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