In an announcement fitting of the late galactic mutant overlords, High on Plastics (H.O.P.) Toys will release a 10-inch figure of Oderous Urungus of GWAR later this year. HOP makes amazing, high-quality monster toys and Oderus is a fitting addition to class up the brand. They made the announcement at this weekends’ appearance at Spooky Empire Con in Florida. Oderus a.k.a. Dave Brockie passed away seven years ago on March 23rd, 2014. Pre-orders are not live yet.
According to a report at Metal Injection, GWAR has released their entire catalog of past home videos, now available for digital download for the first time. They are only $5 each! Titles such as War Party, Blood Drive, Electile Dysfunction, Beyond Hell, Lust in Space and The Gwarnage Campaign are true to the GWAR aesthetic and concept as anything besides seeing the band live. The videos have close to “nine hours of visual amusement” according to a post GWAR made on social media! Continue reading
The last time I saw GWAR and Battlecross together in New York was in 2013 with Oderus Urungus (RIP). It took me awhile to get adjusted to the change and I was nervous about the future. With this tour being a part of their year-long 30th anniversary celebration. It was time to see a return to the slavepits.
Skya opened the show with their brand of hard rock. Solid band with catchy riffs. Battlecross knocked it out with probably their best NY show to date. With new drummer Brian Zink in tow, they hammered a selection of through three albums worth of thrashers. With extra time in their set due to Born of Osiris dropping off the tour because of an injury. GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus joined them for a suped-up rendition of Pantera’s ‘Fucking Hostile’. You can never go wrong with Pantera.
For the headliner tonight, it’s GWAR vs the internet and all types of social media. Going after Twitter to Tinder; no one is safe. GWAR has always been a multi-headed beast and it has never been more prevalent than now with both Pustulus and Balsac, The Jaws of Death stepping up with more vocal duties. New singer Blothar sounds great on the newer songs like ‘Madness At The Core of Time’ and ‘Bloodbath’, as well as classics like ‘Saddam A Go-Go’ and ‘Sick Of You’. The return of ‘Sexecutioner’ was met with joyous roars from the crowd. They played a varied set from songs from their whole career and sounded just as tight as ever.
It’s been said that GWAR by design is a band meant to last a thousand years and can continue on into the next century and beyond. They have some rough edges they’re working out, but that’s expected. The future of GWAR looks bright and I’m excited for what’s next.
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The truly immovable creative tour de force that is GWAR launches their new tour in two weeks. The tour will honour the memory of beloved late front man Oderus Urungus (a.k.a) Dave Brockie, who passed away on March 23rd of this year. Following Riotfest in Chicago, the band has officially added two new scumdogs in Blothar (former Beefcake The mighty Michael Bishop) and the vivaciously evil looking Vulvatron. Following the memorial tribute/viking funeral/party/music festival that was the 5th Annual GWAR-BQ in Richmond, VA this August, the band is gearing up for a series of tours. Joining them on tour will be the likes of Decapitated, American Sharks, Corrosion of Conformity and more. The band continues to tour in support of Battle Maximus (Metal Blade), released in 2013.
Should any skeptics and fans wonder if GWAR should continue in any form without Oderus, Dave Brockie himself outlined a future GWAR without him in an interview earlier this year with Ghost Cult’s Omar Cordy:
“When I was a kid, bands would come with a few good albums then a few crappy ones and they’d be done. The Beatles only played live for like six years or something like that and Hendrix, his whole career was over a four year period. Granted he was playing in a lot of bands up until The Experience, but his real-time to shine was such a short period of time. Now bands led by The Rollings Stones and others can go on forever. So GWAR’s had this get opportunity to continue to progress and evolve as musicians. I always told a lot of people, that by design GWAR is a band meant to last a thousand years, and one of these days when I get too old to do this anymore I will hand pick and hand train my successor, and “The Son of Oderus” will be born. That way GWAR can continue on into the next century and beyond.”
From The Press Release:
ANTARCTICA, 29th September 2014
The Scumdogs of the Universe are sharpening their axes and stoking the fires of their great war engines in preparation for the fall 2014 GWAR Eternal Tour. Global leaders had hoped the bouts of terror accompanying GWAR‘s annual rampages would finally come to an end with the passing of the the groups monstrous captain, Oderus Urungus. But tonight politicians, religious leaders, and citizens around the world are asking, “Why?! Why won’t GWAR just leave the Earth in peace?”
The band’s toothsome guitarist, BalSac the Jaws of Death had this to say: “Something is wrong, unspeakably wrong. It feels as if the very fabric of reality has been ripped from belly to taint. And it all centers around Oderus’ disappearance. One moment, life is fantastic, as we celebrate the near sinking of Japan as a result of our recent journey across the Pacific; and the next, he is just gone. Suddenly the world is a dark, vile place with hordes of trolls biting at my hooves and daring to spit poison in my face. There is a great evil behind this, and I will not rest until I know what has become of my brother!”
There is mounting evidence of a disruption in the core of time, including the sudden appearance of the Berserker Blóthar, a Scumdog warrior who claims to be from the distant past. Apparently, he was sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum and deposited onstage in front of thousands of screaming metal heads. Fortunately for GWAR, he knows the words to all of their songs and has pledged to aid them by assuming the role of lead singer. Inexplicably, he is also a hell of a bass guitarist!
And what is to be made of the mysterious new Scumdog, Vulvatron? She appears as a cybernetic female assassin who purports to know the answers that GWAR seeks because she hails from the future. While some of the band seem to have fallen under the spell of her impressive blood-spewing assets, others remain skeptical. JiZMak da Gusha was quoted as saying, “Dames, they ain’t nothin’ but trouble.”
GWAR Eternal Tour Lineup
Blóthar: Lead Singer, Bass Guitar
Beefcake the Mighty: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Pustulus Maximus: Lead Guitar, Vocals
BalSac the Jaws of Death: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
JiZMak da Gusha: Drums
Bonesnapper: Bodyguard, Crappy Vocals
Sawborg Destructo: Annoying Nemesis, Annoying Vocals
Vulvatron: Plot Twist, Vocals
GWAR W/ Decapitated and American Sharks:
10/26: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
GWAR W/ TBA and American Sharks:
GWAR W/ Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks:
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection***
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
*No American Sharks
**Havok plays on this show
*** The Meatmen play on this show
**** Huntress plays on this show
A limited time ebay auction for a set of Aggronautix GWAR Throbblehead Set featuring Oderus Urungus and Balsac “The Jaws of Death”. All proceeds go to the Dave Brockie Fund. Winners of the ebay auction also get a collectible poster limited to 50, not available anywhere else for sale.
From the product page:
Limited to 1000 Hand Numbered Sets
Pre-order Now – Shipping July 31
AGGRONAUTIX and Slave Pit Inc proudly present the GWAR Throbblehead Set featuring Oderus Urungus and Balsac “The Jaws of Death”.
Oderus, GWAR’s lead singer and broadsword swinger, stands an imposing 6.5″ tall and will lay waste to any opposing his reign of terror. Dutifully worship Balsac, guitarist for GWAR, while keeping out of decapitation distance. He stands 7.5″ tall from horn to hoof. Will you be one of the worthy few to own this collectible set? Worship your masters, human filth!
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Dave Brockie Fund , a charity with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, and preserve the legacy of Dave’s works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.
***For orders outside of the United States, please note that items will take longer to arrive (average of 3 weeks)***
(Box Art by Marco Palumbo of No Front Teeth Records UK, per usual – See more at: http://aggronautix.com/products.cfm?productid=109#sthash.gJGSlYYk.dpuf
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Like a bat out of hell……Ghost Cult #18 is here! The new issue features none other than Down on our cover.We interviewed Jimmy Bower about the changes in the band and their amazing new EP, Down IV, Part II. Issue #18 also includes interviews with Lacuna Coil, Beastmilk, Sevendust, Sabbath Assembly, Kyng, Amenra, ReVamp, Lord Dying, Anciients, and Dragged In To Sunlight. We also have complete coverage of the legendary Roadburn Festival, and a recap the 16th annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. Plus concert reviews from the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Carcass, Red Fang, Scale The Summit, The Ocean, & The Atlas Moth. We also have special feature with the late Dave Brockie, as well our largest section of album reviews to date. Made especially for your tablet device or smartphone! Check it out and tell a friend! Twice!