GWAR Team Up With In De Goot Entertainment

GWAR have signed a worldwide management deal with In De Goot Entertainment. The deal will help the band continue their “never-ending mission to destroy the music industry from the inside.”

In De Goot Entertainment founder Bill McGathy commented:

“You can’t talk about outrageous live performances and career longevity in the heavy metal world without talking about this legendary band. As human scum, we are excited to dive right in, and grateful to have been accepted into the ferociously ingenious world of GWAR!”

GWAR’s Blothar The Berserker added:

“We’re gonna be rich! Filthy fucking rich, I tell you. Imagine all the rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer I can buy…

In De Goot will help us in our never-ending mission to destroy the music industry from the inside. We will bring this den of iniquity to its knees.”

[via Blabbermouth]

GWAR’s Blothar Says Oderus Urungus Wouldn’t Have Wanted His Statue In A “Row Of Losers”

As previously reported, a Change.org petition to replace the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia with a statue of late GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus recently received over 50,000 signatures. However, Blothar The Berserker has since commented on the campaign saying that Oderus wouldn’t have wanted his statue in a “row of losers.”

Blothar told Consequence Of Sound the following:

“I don’t think that Oderus should replace Robert E. Lee on that statue in Richmond. For one thing, he’d be in some really shitty company. It’s just a parade of douchebags.”

He continued:

“Why would Oderus want to be in that row of losers? Even if they pulled them all down, Monument Avenue still has the reputation of being the place where losers [are honored with statues]. What kind of a county allows the losers of a war to erect a bunch of monuments and statues to themselves?”

He also added:

“I think they should just explode the entire damn monument. Make it a big smoldering hole in the ground.”

Blothar went on to say that he would like to see “statues of Oderus everywhere” but not on Monument Avenue.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Petition To Replace Robert E. Lee Statue With Late GWAR Frontman Oderus Urungus Gets Over 50,000 Signatures

Earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched to replace the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia with a statue of late GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus. Impressively, the campaign has since gone on to receive over 50,000 signatures.

The following message was shared with the petition:

“Robert E. Lee is a failed war general that supported a racist cause. For too long, the city of Richmond has been displaying statues of him and other loser civil war veterans.

We the scumdogs of the universe call on the city of Richmond to erect a statue of great local leader Oderus Urungus in its place. While Oderus comes from the planet Scumdogia, he called Richmond his home, working with the local art community and employing local artists and ladies of the night.

After you sign, donate to the Richmond COVID-19 Arts and Culture Relief Fund at this below URL (please note the donation prompt after you sign will just go to Change.org marketing – so do not donate there, donate at the link below)

https://richmondcultureworks.org/relief-fund

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Darkest Hour, TesseracT, Twelve Foot Ninja, Etc. To Take Part In “Slay At Home” Virtual Festival

Metal Injection‘s Frank Godla has organized a new virtual festival called “Slay At Home.” The event will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Here’s the lineup:

Previously Unseen Quarantine Performances:

  • TesseracT
  • Darkest Hour
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • O’Brother
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit
  • Silvertomb
  • Astronoid
  • Contracult Collective
  • Myrone
  • A.A. Williams

Commissioned Music Participants:

  • Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
  • Dave Davidson (Revocation)
  • Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • Elliot Hoffman (Car Bomb)

Collaborative Cover Participants:

  • Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
  • Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
  • Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
  • Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
  • Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb, Type O Negative)
  • Ash Pearson (Revocation)
  • Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)

Special Guests:

  • Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”)
  • Gost
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Art Installation Participants:

  • Vincent Castiglia
  • Trine Grimm
  • Jodi Cachia

Fans can watch the festival on YouTube and will also be able to donate money to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund. Godla commented:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone on the planet, and sadly some of the last people to get their lives back will be the ones we depend on to get us through these times. I wanted to create a platform that aids artists, their crew, and global healthcare efforts alike.

The experience of a live concert is irreplaceable, but my aim with Slay At Home is to provide every person in the world an experience they haven’t seen yet, right from their own devices. I’ve never been more proud to be part of the metal community and have so many great friends willing to join the fun, as we support two great organizations.”

GWAR To Release 30th Anniversary Box Set Edition Of “Scumdogs Of The Universe”

GWAR will be releasing a 30th anniversary box set edition of “Scumdogs Of The Unvierse” on August 7. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s what the set will include:

  • Remixed and Remastered album on two 180g White and Red Opaque Vinyl Discs
  • Cassette of demos and rarities
  • 48 page book of classic photos, gig posters and more
  • GWAR illustrated vinyl slipmat
  • Giant 3 foot x 4 foot subway poster of the album cover image
  • Collectable reproduction All Access pass
  • 8×10 promo photo
  • Enclosed in a custom display box
  • MP3, WAV, or FLAC download of the remastered audio
  • Sticker Pack
  • Death Certificate

Demo Cassette Track Listing:

01. “Vlad The Impaler”
02. “Black & Huge”
03. “Years W/O”
04. “Sexy Song”
05. “Death Pod”
06. “Cardinal Syn”
07. “Cool Place To Park”
08. “Jellyfish (King Queen)”
09. “Bring Me The Child”
10. “Slave Song”

Vinyl Track Listing:

Side A

01. “Salamanizer”
02. “Maggots”
03. “Sick Of You”
04. “Vlad The Impaler”

Side B

05. “Slaughterama”
06. “King Queen”

Side C

07. “Horror Of Yig”
08. “Love Surgery”
09. “Sexecutioner”

Side D

10. “Years Without Light”
11. “Black N Huge”
12. “Death Pod”
13. “Cool Place To Park”

The band commented:

“Human Scum! Times are tough. You’ve probably missed rent and emptied your bank account on toilet paper, frozen pizzas, and subscriptions to porn sites. Now that you are unemployed and destitute, your Lords and Masters GWAR have created something new to tempt you into wasting your meager stimulus checks.

2020 marks of the 30th Anniversary of seminal GWAR album “Scumdogs of the Universe.” 30 fucking years! Who would have thought??”

GWAR Tell Everyone To “Drink Bleach” In New Public Service Announcement

GWAR have put out a “public service announcement” to mock Donald Trump for his recent comments about injecting disinfectant to fight COVID-19. Jizmak Da Gusha said the following in the clip:

“Hey, everybody, it’s Jizmak of GWAR coming at you with another PSA for the COVID-19. It was really great to hear our president in America say that it was okay to, you know, use bleach as a cleaner or as a drug. I mean, GWAR’s been using it as a drug forever, so this is the stuff. You can inhale it. That’s a fun way. You can try to smoke it, shoot it… Obviously, drink it is the best. That’s what I like to do — you just get the big old bottle and just chug away… So if you wanna stay safe from COVID-19, drink bleach, shoot it, smoke it. Like I said before, GWAR does it all the ways. All right, people. Be safe, but stay sick.”

Watch GWAR Kill Frank Iero And The Future Violents In New Video

Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) has premiered a new video for “Medicine Square Garden” from his Frank Iero And The Future Violents project. The clip, which features members of GWAR, can be seen below. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Barriers.”

Iero commented:

“It was apparent to me early on while writing Barriers that ‘Medicine Square Garden‘ was its most important track. It was the cornerstone upon which the rest of the record and band was formed. If we lost the battle on that song, the rest didn’t stand a chance.

‘Medicine Square Garden‘ pushed the most boundaries, scratched the most itches, and terrified me far beyond any other song I had written. So when we crossed off every box in Chicago at Electrical Audio and listened back with smiles knowing we had accomplished our goals, a new objective soon emerged: Get the label to see our favorite song as a single, and let us make the video of my dreams.”

“‘Medicine Square Garden‘ is not your typical single. It’s a five and a half minute attempt at answering the question, ‘What if Prince wrote a Sleep song?’ Oh and if that’s not batshit enough for you, I already had the video in my head.

So armed with crudely drawn set designs and a typed-up description of a witchy calisthenics workout meets a Robert Palmer alien massacre, I submitted my pitch to the label. This was my vision from the beginning and no one told me I was crazy. What a world.”

GWAR Discuss Self-Isolating With CNN

CNN recently interviewed GWAR’s Pustulus Maximus about self-isolating during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You can watch that chat over at cnn.com.