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GWAR

GWAR (popularly thought to be an acronym for God What an Awful Racket, despite the band's protests to the contrary) are thrash metal's answer to the more mainstream satire of Spinal Tap. Gory, sexually perverse, and scatological in the extreme, GWAR were formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers. The group claimed to consist of all-powerful interplanetary warriors, descended from aliens stranded in Antarctica and initially created from the lowest filth in the universe, who came to Earth to sexually enslave and/or slaughter the human race.

All members performed under aliases, the names of which illustrated the band's dark humor; the main group consisted of Oderus Urungus (vocals, born Dave Brockie), Balsac the Jaws of Death (guitar, born Steve Douglas), Flattus Maximus (guitar, born Peter Lee), Beefcake the Mighty (bass, born Michael Bishop), and Jizmak the Gusher (drums, born Brad Roberts). Meanwhile, auxiliary characters included Techno-Destructo (occasional vocals, born Hunter Jackson), Slymenstra Hymen (born Danyelle Stampe), the Sexecutioner (born Charles Varga), and Sleazy P. Martini (manager, born Don Drakulich).

The group quickly established a unique identity as the members performed in bizarre costumes made of latex and papier-mâché, while the stage show itself featured fake pagan rituals, corpses spewing washable bodily fluids on the audience, and sometimes a mechanical giant maggot. Not surprisingly, authorities in several locations didn't take kindly to GWAR -- Charlotte, NC, fined Urungus on an obscenity charge and banned the group for a year, while police in Athens, GA, shut down a concert in 1993. With the help of the ACLU, however, GWAR sued and settled out of court, donating the resulting award money to charity. GWAR are perhaps best appreciated for their visual aspects, which have historically been far more creative than the actual music; indeed, the group received a somewhat stunning Grammy nomination in 1993 for its long-form home video Phallus in Wonderland.

GWAR have survived numerous personnel changes over the years, a potential problem that has been mitigated by the fact that the band's "characters" never change, only the musicians playing them. Despite a decline in media attention, GWAR have also proven to be a consistent live act and continue to record a new album with each new stage act. Unlike most career bands, however, GWAR have released almost as many full-length videos as they have albums. Along with the previously mentioned Phallus in Wonderland, the group assaulted the eyes with Skulhed Face (1994), Rendezvous with Ragnarok (1997), Dawn of the Day of the Night of the Penguin (1998), It's Sleazy (2001), and a slew of subsequent films.

Musically, GWAR's early gem Scumdogs of the Universe (1990) is considered to be one of the band's most entertaining works. Subsequent albums, including This Toilet Earth (1993) and We Kill Everything (1999), have repeated many of the shock themes that gained GWAR notoriety early on. After a few GWAR-less years, the band returned in 2004 on a new label, DRT Entertainment, with a new album, War Party. The concert recording Live from Mt. Fuji (which, despite its name, was taken from a performance in Pittsburgh, PA) was released the following year, and the band returned to the studio in 2006 for Beyond Hell, a rock opera/concept record about the band's journey into Hell. In 2009, after celebrating their 25th year and re-signing to Metal Blade, GWAR took a similar conceptual approach, and left Earth's surface again to battle their enemy Cardinal Sin in space, on Lust in Space. In 2014, however, Dave Brockie died at the age of 50. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Battle Maximus

1. Intro

2. Madness At The Core Of Time

3. Bloodbath

4. Nothing Left Alive

5. They Swallowed The Sun

6. Torture

7. Raped At Birth

8. I Bonesnapper

9. Mr Perfect

10. Battle Maximus

11. Triumph Of The Pig Children

12. Falling

13. Fly Now

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Track List: Lust in Space

1. Lust in Space

2. Let Us Slay

3. Damnation Under God

4. The Uberklaw

5. Lords and Masters

6. Metal Metal Land

7. The Price of Peace

8. Where Is Zog?

9. Make a Child Cry

10. Release the Flies

11. Parting Shot

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Track List: Beyond Hell (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. War Is All We Know

3. Murderer's Muse

4. Go To Hell!

5. I Love The Pigs

6. Tormentor

7. Eighth Lock

8. Destroyed

9. The Ultimate Bohab

10. The One That Will Not Be Named

11. Back In Crack

12. School's Out

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Track List: War Party (Explicit)

1. Bring Back The bomb

2. Krosstika

3. Womb With A View

4. Decay Of Granduer

5. War Party

6. Bonesnapper (The Faces Of The Slain)

7. Lost God

8. The Reaganator

9. The Bonus Plan

10. You Can't Kill Terror

11. Fistful Of Teeth

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Track List: Violence Has Arrived

1. Hell Intro

2. Battle-Lust

3. Abyss Of Woe

4. Anti-Anti-Christ

5. The Apes Of Wrath

6. Immortal Corrupter

7. Beauteous Rot

8. Licksore

9. Bloody Mary

10. Biledriver

11. The Wheel

12. The Song Of Words

13. Happy Death-Day

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Track List: We Kill Everything

1. Babyraper

2. Fishfuck

3. The Performer

4. A Short History Of The End Of The World

5. Escape From The Mooselodge

6. Tune From Da Moon

7. Jiggle The Handle

8. Nitro-Burnin' Funny Bong

9. Jagermonsta

10. My Girly Ways

11. The Master Has A Butt

12. We Kill Everything

13. Child

14. Penile Drip

15. Mary Anne

16. Friend

17. F**kin' An Animal

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Track List: Carnival Of Chaos

1. Penguin Attack

2. Let's Blame The Lightman

3. First Rule Is

4. Sammy

5. Endless Apocalypse

6. Billy Bad A**

7. Hate Love Songs

8. Letter From The Scallop Boat

9. Pre-Skool Prostitute

10. If I Could Be That

11. In Her Fear

12. Back To Iraq

13. I Suck On My Thumb

14. The Private Pain Of Techno Destructo

15. Gonna Kill U

16. Sex Cow

17. Antarctican Drinking Song

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Track List: Ragnarok

1. Meat Sandwich

2. The New Plague

3. Whargoul

4. Rag Na Rok

5. Dirty, Filthy

6. Stalin's Organ

7. Knife In Yer Guts

8. Think You Outta Know This

9. Martyr Dumb

10. Nudged

11. Fire In The Loins

12. Surf Of Syn

13. Crush, Kill, Destroy

14. None But The Brave

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Track List: This Toilet Earth

1. Saddam A Go-Go

2. Penis I See

3. Eat Steel

4. Jack The World

5. Sonderkommando

6. Bad Bad Men

7. Pepperoni

8. The Insidious Soliloquy Of Skulhed Face

9. Fight

10. The Issue Of Tissue (Spacecake)

11. Pocket Pool

12. Slap U Around

13. Krak Down

14. Filthy Flow

15. The Obliteration Of Flab Quarv 7

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Track List: America Must Be Destroyed

1. Ham On The Bone

2. Crack In The Egg

3. Gor-Gor

4. Have You Seen Me?

5. The Morality Squad

6. America Must Be Destroyed

7. Gilded Lily

8. Poor Ole Tom

9. Rock N Roll Never Felt So God

10. Blimey

11. The Road Behind

12. P**sy Planet

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Track List: Scumdogs Of The Universe

1. The Salaminizer

2. Maggots

3. Sick Of You

4. Slaughterama

5. The Years Without Light

6. King Queen

7. Horror Of Yig

8. Vlad The Impaler

9. Black And Huge

10. Love Surgery

11. Death Pod

12. Sexecutioner

13. Cool Place To Park

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Track List: Hell-O!

1. Time For Death

2. Aeiou

3. Americanized

4. I'm In Love (With A Dead Dog)

5. Slutman City

6. World O Filth

7. War Toy

8. Captain Crunch

9. Pure As The Arctic Snow

10. Je M'appelle J. Cousteau

11. Gwar Theme

12. Bone Meal

13. Ollie North

14. Techno's Song

15. U Ain't S**t

16. Rock & Roll Party Town

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Best band in town!!!!!
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No DAVE no GWAR!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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I might see prong in mcallen texas
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alls im saying is. gwar b q or ill have to talk to rick
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Banging pots and pans together sounds better than this crap. Fans of this band should be tasered with 50000 volts
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GWAR IS ALL YOU NEED.
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Gay white Aryan resistance
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Hell yeah
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GWAR IS ALL YOU NEED
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Jacob is a date cook and nickel back fan that screams douchebag bag lol
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Gwar was only gwar with Dave brockie . This new s**t is a sad excuse. And anyone who can't take this band serious can f**k off yeah it's art but art that came from the heart of those guys. It's true feelings in that s**t. You don't like it f**k off then. You opinion obviously doesn't matter haha! To the true fans of this once awesome band. Let's see you write saddam a go go, or let us slay, it wouldn't be half as good ....... That man was a f**king genius to metal lovers everywhere. He needs
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If you don't like GWAR THEN F U C K YOU.
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Travis - The interplaneta r y keyboard warrior sent to defend and/or sexually enslave GWAR.
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I JUST LOOKED AT WHAT THESE 2 SHITHEADS THAT LEFT COMMENTS ABOUT GWAR SUCKING AND BEING HORRIBLE LISTEN TO...TALK ABOUT SOME LAME A** S**T...YOU F**KERS LISTEN TO REAL CRAP. EVERYONE GO LOOK AT Jacob AND Sam's PREFERENCE IN MUSIC. TALK ABOUT TERRIBLE....
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They are horrible
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I nominate GWAR as the new God
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If you don't like GWAR then F U C K YOU.
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THEY SUCK SO BAD
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poittiloa
Beyond hell is not on iTunes
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GWAR!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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very funny band
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F**k yeah \m/
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GWAR !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I feel emotionally raped everyday knowing Oderus is gone.....no more Dave and his awesome sense of humor and many character voices...... t h e music almost is haunting now but I will never stop listening... . . Y o u will always be the "almighty beast Lord to me" \m/
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GWARRRRRRrrr r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r a h h h h h ! ! !
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Oderus one of the best singers of all time.
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Dave was a true rock star. RIP
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MAGGOTS!
MAGGOTS!
MAGGOTS ARE FALLING LIKE RAIN.
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WOW MooMoo a band your not talking s**t on lol
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gay pice of s**t
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GWAR!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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I love my Gwar. And miss my pal Dave.
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I love puppies.
When they're road kill.
They're to cute to live.
To cute to live like you!
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I've seen GWAR 16 times. All at the same venue. Harpos in Detroit. Every year it was the highlight koff my concert season. Saw them last year with the new singer. Sad. With out Daves voice it's just sad. GWAR fan for life.
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THE STREETS WILL FLOW WITH THE BLOOD OF THE NON BELEIVERS
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THEY SHALL DROWN IN THEIR OWN BLOOOD
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SADDAM A GOOOO GOOOO
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the cuttlefish lives on.
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NOTHING LIKE 60s music so love the raw drive define and can drive day in and day out...Thank you heavy metal thrash whatever subgenre keeps me happy and able to cope with agenda to meet.
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I HEARD THEY RECRUITED SABASTIAN BACH AS THE NEW SINGER
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R.I.P Dave Brockie and you'll always be the leader of the band GWAR and all horns go up in your honor \-/\-/
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Ya know these tards, make me feel almost hard, I go get one from the school yard...im gay And im proud, thats right..f*g- got. goddammit im horney....ha v e you seen me..have you seeeeeeen me....have you seeen me.... badass lyrics
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GWAAAAARRRRR ! ! ! ! !
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Gwar
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Gear is the best heavy metal band I've ever heard!!!!!
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RIP Oderus you will be remembered for the next thousand year
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Gwar is ok
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gwar is a good band but i could never get into them, their too silly
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Saw gwar on last tour with Dave,one of the best shows I've seen. Gwar is sick fun
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LOVE GWAR!!! RIP Dave Brockie
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