GWAR is a band/artist group that formed in 1982 as Death Piggy and changed the name to Gwar in 1984. The group of art students from Richmond, Virginia has played a variety of musical styles including punk, hard rock, thrash and heavy metal. They also design and create their own elaborate costumes, props, sets and characters to go along with their stage shows and movies.
Current band lineup:
Michael Bishop (2) a.k.a. The Berserker Blothar - Vocals (2014-present) - formerly Beefcake The Mighty (2) bass (1987-1993, 19981999)
Michael Derks a.k.a. Balsac The Jaws Of Death - Guitar (1988-present)
Jamison Land a.k.a. Beefcake The Mighty (3) - Bass (2011-present)
Brad Roberts (3) a.k.a. Jizmak Da Gusha - Drums (1989-present)
Brent Purgason a.k.a. Pustulus Maximus - Guitar (2012-present)
Don Drakulich a.k.a. Sleazy P. Martini - Vocals, manager, sculpting, film making (1985-present)
Bob Gorman a.k.a. Bonesnapper - Vocals (2014-present)
Matt Maguire (2) a.k.a. Sawborg Destructo - vocals (1995-1996, 2009-present)
Rebecca Danyell Stampe a.k.a. Slymenstra Hymen - Vocals, dancer, art (1988-2000)
Chuck Varga a.k.a. Sexecutioner - Vocals, sculpting (1989-1996, 2000, still present behind the scenes)
Hunter Jackson a.k.a. Techno Destructo & Scroda Moon - Vocals (1984-2000)
Anthony Florez a.k.a. Bozo Destructo - vocals
Mike Delaney a.k.a. Sexecutioner - Vocals (pre-1989)
Colette Miller a.k.a. Amazina - Vocals, artist (1986-1987)
Lisa Harrelson a.k.a. GWAR-woman - Vocals (1987)
Heather Broome a.k.a. The Temptress - Vocals (~1986)
Joe Annaruma a.k.a. Joey Slutman - Vocals (1985-1986)
Matt Maguire (2) a.k.a. Mattron/MX2 (1995-1996, 2009-present)
Bob Gorman a.k.a. Muzzle Slave (1995-1996)
Scott Krahl a.k.a. Cock & Balls Slave
Nate Krishna a.k.a. SlaveDizzle
Joey Douglas a.k.a. Spewie
Slaves play a variety of instruments, write, illustrate fabricate sets and props and have a heavy stage presence.
Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus - Vocals (1984-2014) RIP 3/24/14
Cory Smoot a.k.a. Flattus Maximus (3) - Guitar (2002-2011) RIP 11/3/11
Casey Orr a.k.a. Beefcake the Mighty - Bass (19941997, 19992002, 20082011)
Kim Dylla a.k.a. Vulvatron - Vocals (2014-2015)
Ben Eubanks a.k.a. Johnny Slutman - vocals (1984)
Joe Annaruma a.k.a. Joey Slutman - vocals (1985-1986)
Steve Douglas (2) - guitar (1984 as Jaws of Death, 1987-1988 as Balsac Jaws of Death)
Barry Ward a.k.a. Balsac the Jaws of Death - guitar (1991)
Chris Oranger a.k.a. Stephen Sphincter - guitar (1987)
Zach Blair a.k.a. Flattus Maximus - guitar (19992002)
Tim Harris a.k.a. Flattus Maximus (2) - guitar (1986, 19981999)
Peter Lee (2) a.k.a. Flattus Maximus - guitar (1991-1997)
Dewey Rowell a.k.a. Flattus Maximus (4) - guitar (1987-1991)
Russ Bahorsky a.k.a. Mr. Magico - guitar (1984)
Greg Ottinger a.k.a. Cornelius Carnage - guitar (1986-1987)
Chris Bopst a.k.a. BalSac - bass (1984-1987)
Ron Curry a.k.a. Stephen Sphincter - bass (1985-1986)
Todd Evans a.k.a. Beefcake the Mighty - bass (2002-2008)
Jim Thomson (2) a.k.a. Hans Sphincter/Hans Orifice - drums (1985-1987)
Rob Mosby a.k.a. Nippleus Erectus - drums (1987-1988)
Sean Sumner - drums (1984)
Pete Lucchter a.k.a. Lee Baeto - drums (1989)
David Musel a.k.a. Msel - Keyboards, samples, prop/set manufacturer (1986-1999)
The bands fictional back story is:
For millions of years, the mythical galactic monsters of GWAR lay frozen in an iceberg in Antarctica. But in the 1980, glam rock was at its peak, groups like Poison and Whitesnake were dominating the airwaves. They inspired a whole slew of new "hair spray" bands. But little did they know, all of that hair spray put a hole in the ozone - right above Antarctica! Soon the unfiltered gamma rays melted the iceberg and GWAR was free.
Meanwhile, manager Sleazy P. Martini was fleeing the country on drug charges, flying over the former tomb of GWAR. He picked them up and brought them back to America. He taught them how to use instruments and they learned the language from watching midget wrestling and MTV. Soon GWAR was known as the greatest band in the Universe...
Gwar are a heavy metal band that formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984. The band rose to fame for their outrageous on stage persona that comprised of science fiction/horror costumes, obscene lyrics, and elaborate and graphic stage shows. Gwar formed when Hunter Jackson, Dave Brockie and Chuck Varga of 'Sexecutioner' began working on a side project. The trio instantly connected over music and decided to form a “joke band” called “Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh.” The “joke band” quickly became a hit and generated a large and fast-growing fan base. Once the band shortened their name to Gwar their first 'official' line-up consisted of Ben Eubanks on vocals; Dave Brockie on guitar; Steve Douglas on guitar; Chris Bopst on bass; Sean Sumner on drums; and Hunter Jackson. However, this line-up was short-lived and underwent multiple changes with Eubanks quitting after a few shows and being replaced by Joe Annaruma. The band's most stable line-up consisted of solidified Hunter Jackson, Don Drakulich, Chuck Varga, Mike Delaney, Mike Bonner, Scott Krahl, Dave Musel and Dave Brockie.
The band's debut album, “Hell-O,” was a thrash metal/punk rock album that emerged in 1988 on Shimmy Disc Records. The band embarked on a tour shortly after the release of the album. Various members began to quit the band while new – and old members – joined or re-joined. After more line-up changes the band began work on their second offering, “Scumdogs of the Universe,” which saw the band earn a record offer from Metal Blade Records, which would become the band's home over the next few years. The band began to tour extensively in support of the album, perfecting their live show with each performance. 1991 saw the band embark upon a European tour. Again the band was plagued with more line-up changes in 1991 before the release of their third album, “America Must Be Destroyed” in 1992. The band's fourth album, “This Toilet Earth” arrived in 1994 to modest reviews and moderate success as the band strayed from their traditional punk rock/heavy metal roots and showcased some experimental music. More line-up changes ensured, followed by a fifth album, “Ragnarok” in 1995.
The band's 1997 album, “Carnival of Chaos,” marked the height of the band's experimental period, showcasing a fusion of heavy metal, hard rock, country, and jazz music throughout the tracks. 2000 marked the exit of the co-founding member, Hunter Jackson. The band embarked on their “Bitch Is Back” tour in 2002. The band continued to release albums and tour over the next decade, with 2009 marking the band's 25th year of recording and releasing music. Gwar's eleventh studio album, “Lust in Space,” arrived that same year on Metal Blade Records. 2010 saw Gwar released their twelfth studio album, “Bloody Pit of Horror,” and while on tour a year later in 2011, then guitarist Cory Smoot, was found dead on the band's tour bus due to a pre-existing condition of coronary artery disease. The band is currently working on new material.
Taking the rock theatrics of Kiss and Alice Cooper to depraved new levels, the Virginia-based thrash metal band Gwar have been putting on one of rock's most outrageous and offensive--not to mention creative--live shows since forming in the early 1980s. Gwar's brand of metal is, though competent, nothing special; live, however, the members appear in warrior space-monster costumes and proceed to assault the audience with all manner of vile and hideous acts: from bloody beheadings and projectile vomiting on the mild end to extreme pornography and violent sacrilege on the other. While Gwar most certainly isn't for everyone, brave listeners with a sick sense of humor are in for an experience like no other. ~ Rovi
It has been 28 years since the heavy metal holocaust known as GWAR burst upon our world in an explosion of blood, guts, and screaming steel. In this time they have revealed themselves not only as the un-disputed masters of “shock rock”, but also as an international cultural icon that has both touched the lives, and in some cases ruined the clothing, of many thousands of people. Often copied, never tamed, GWAR has set a standard of consistency in their work that is unmatched in rock and roll history. This year sees GWAR release their 12th original album, GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror, and continue in their non-stop tour schedule until the world is finally brought into groveling submission, and GWAR at last attains its glorious destiny, whatever that is.
For those of you who were just born, GWAR is a group of alien monsters who were banished to Earth millions of years ago as punishment for their cosmic crimes. GWAR was frozen in the wasteland of Antarctica, to wait for the cosmic summons that would herald their return to the stars. But fate intervened, and GWAR was de-thawed by global warming.
Led (poorly) by pig-nosed lead singer Oderus Urungus, they began wandering the world, where they were quickly discovered by music mogul and mob boss Sleazy P. Martini. Transformed into the ultimate heavy metal band, they set about the business of destroying the human race with this savage sound, throwing great “concerts” where thousands of humans would be lured to their deaths. But this commotion would not go un-noticed in the vastness of the cosmos, and soon GWAR was under attack from a huge variety of both super and not-so powered adversaries. A GWAR show will see slaughter wrought upon anything within sword’s reach as GWAR defends their blood-soaked crown of metallic opulence from the legions of the lame that would seek to sully such things, and deprive YOU of the sick fun you so desperately need, need to make existence in this diseased and miserable world somehow bearable, even with an axe through your skull.
In the latest chapter of their epic adventures, GWAR has released GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror, their most mind-melting musical masterpiece to date, and embarked on a worldwide Bloody Tour of Horror, designed to zombify and enslave the entire human race and provide GWAR with the army they need to re-invade the cosmos, destroy and devour its inhabitants, and claim the universe as their very own pleasure palace. Will GWAR rise above the petty indulgence of their colossal drug habits and finally attain the intergalactic dominance that they crave, or shall they once again crash and burn in a cataclysmic smear of roasting flesh and flaming debris? Only one thing is for certain—GWAR rules!