As we start to wind down for the year and reflect on the past 12 months, we thought it was important to remember that not everything abut 2014 has been about brilliant music or amazing gigs. As with every year, some of our favourite musicians who were with us back on 01 January will not be with us come the end of 31 December, and this week we wanted to take the time to remember a few of them, and their works.
GWAR is a satirical thrash metal/punk band formed in 1985-1986 by a group of artists and musicians at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The band is perhaps best known for their elaborate sci-fi/horror film inspired costumes, raunchy lyrics, and graphic stage performances, which can consist of scatology, sadomasochism, necrophilia, paedo-necrophilia, beastio-necrophilia, fire dancing, fake pagan rituals, mock executions/mutilations, and other controversial violent and political themes. Read more on Last.fm
GWAR on Thrash Hits
October 23rd, 2014
Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s be serious for a moment. We’re as indifferent and desensitised to news of yet-another-band-reunion as the next set of jaded metal bloggers, but the news earlier this year that Raging Speedhorn would be reforming to perform select festival dates (and as it later transpired, a tour too) triggered whatever spark of excitement that still manages to survive deep within our black, cynical hearts. This was one of the band that helped define out youth. This was the British band who bloody well took it to the world stage. This was our band.
So we got on the phone and interrogated John Loughlin, one of the band’s two terrifying vocalists, to get the inside scoop on what brought about this reformation.
March 30th, 2014
This week’s Sunday Slaylist pays tribute to Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, lynchpin and sole founder member of GWAR who remained in the band, who died this week aged just 50 years old.
July 4th, 2011
Yeah baby! The Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page is back! All of our Download Festival 2011 coverage from the weekend is going be linked to from this here page, so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours and gossip, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.
June 8th, 2011
Obviously, we previewed the three headliners – they’re the ones that sell the tickets, after all – but there are some awesome bands on the undercard as well. There’s always moaning that there’s no metal at Download Festival. These people obviously haven’t or are unable to read the line-up. That means that they probably won’t read about these 12 metal bands either but here’s some metal anyway. Stick it up your arse!
August 20th, 2010
It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time for the UK’s heaviest festival, Bloodstock Open Air. We’ll be gathering all of our Bloodstock Open Air 2010 coverage from the weekend on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need.
August 16th, 2010
When half the main stage gets wrapped in cling-film before the band takes the stage…when one of the first stage props wheeled on stage is a giant mutant penis cannon…when a band leaves half the crowd’s faces stained green from a an evil acid semen-shower from the crotch of Hitler…then you know that Gwar have arrived at Bloodstock.
February 10th, 2009
Yet more names have been added to the ever-growing line-up for Bloodstock Open Air 2009. Not only have Finnish symphonic metallers, Battlelore, joined the bill, but Metal Hammer are reporting that everyone’s favourite alien thrash-punk party monsters, Gwar, have been added as well. And they should know – frontman, Oderus Urungus (that’s him with the granny) is one of their columnists. Now where did we leave those jizz-proof umbrella?