Masters of medieval metal, the mighty Gwar, are poised to return to the world of man as they announced the first leg of their massive "Madness At The Core Of Time" world tour - this time through North America. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming new album, Battle Maximus, to be out on September 17th via Metal Blade Records. On this tour Gwar will be joined by deathcore heavyweights and label-mates Whitechapel, thrashers Iron Reagan (featuring Municipal Waste singer Tony Foresta) and A Band Of Orcs.
American band Gwar has revealed Battle Maximus as the title of their new album, the first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player Flattus Maximus. The band has also premiered the new song "Madness At The Core Of Time" as a first taste of the album and you can now enjoy it below. Their new and 13th album drops on September 17th via Metal Blade Records.
US thrashers Warbeast are pleased to announce that Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis, ex-Gwar) will join them as their fill-in bassist, while on the road this spring with Gwar. The band's upcoming tour with Gwar and Wilson kicks off in Tucson, AZ on April 10th. The 16 day run, dubbed the Fate Or Chaos Tour, will continue through the month of April until it closes in Jacksonville, FL on April 25th.
US alternative metallers Gwar will be returning to the road this Spring on the second leg of their Return Of The Maggot Tour. The tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater on March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the Smoot Family Fund which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child.
US alternative metallers Gwar released the final track that was recorded with Cory Smoot, "Flattus Maximus", who suddenly passed away this year, as a tribute to his memory. The track is a cover of Dayglo Abortions 1993 song "Isn't This Disgusting." The song is available through iTunes at this location. All proceeds from the sale of the track will be given to the Smoot Family Fund in honor of the guitarist.
The European leg of US alternative metallers Gwar's Return Of The World Maggot tour, scheduled to kick off in January 2012 has been cancelled after several promoters pulled the plug on shows, citing poor ticket sales.
Gwar spokesman Dave Brockie commented on the tour's cancellation: "Several of the promoters were alarmed by the low ticket sales, and they decided to start pulling the plug on shows. It got to the point where we had lost so many shows that we simply could not afford to do the tour."
Corey Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, guitarist of US alternative metallers Gwar was found dead this morning, November 3rd, as the band were about to cross the border for their upcoming Return Of The Maggot Tour.
Extravagant shock rockers Gwar have updated their North American tour schedule. The tour will now last for more than two months, stopping in more than 50 cities. All tour dates below.
In other news, the long awaited DVD Lust in Space: Live at the National has been released. Lust in Space: Live at the National contains the awesome 82 minute set that was in the Lust in Space album concept plus the hilarious 10 minute mocumentary "Behind the Murder" plus a special features section containing interview extras, a behind the scenes look at special F/X being shot and a slideshow featuring band shots from the album cover.
October 02 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
October 04 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
US metallers Gwar have posted online a new song, ''Let Us Slay'', on their MySpace page.
"Let Us Slay" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Lust In Space", which will be released on August 18 via Metal Blade Records.
Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) commented: "This song deals with the human race's lust for blood, all the while maintaining the lie of 'Thou shalt not kill'... It calls upon the humans to embrace their love of death (and therefore Gwar), shed their hypocritical trappings, and proceed with the apocalypse. It's going to happen anyway, so they might as well enjoy it!"
The new Gwar album "Beyond Hell" is mixed, mastered and ready for you to hear. Produced by Devin Townsend, Oderus says "I can say with utmost confidence that this one is going to take yer fucking head off." The record isn't set to be released until August but that won't stop you from hearing the first single from the new album. Gwar pays homage to the original master of shock rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song. The first single from "Beyond Hell" is a cover of Alice Cooper's Schools Out, it can be heard at this link: http://www.gwar.net/schoolsout/
Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, producer of about a million killer bands) will be co-producing the new GWAR record, tentatively entitled "Go to Hell!". The bulk of the material is already completed, and recording at Flattus/Cory's Karma Studio's begins in early April. Then Oderus and Flattus will travel to the semi-frozen wasteland of Vancouver (in the bat-shaped helicopter, of course), to mix and master what is without a doubt going to be the heaviest album in GWAR's discography. The concept of the album is the closest thing to a rock opera that GWAR has done since "Ragnarok", and concerns GWAR's epic journey into the tunnels and caverns that honeycomb your world, a journey not only to escape their earthly prison "from within", but also to find and confront this so-called "Satan", who seems to think that he is a bigger bad ass than Oderus. Along the way GWAR encounter's a bevy of demonic dickheads and hapless victims, all ready to die for your entertainment. Look for GWAR's latest and greatest album yet to hit the stores in September.