GWAR

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Gwar, often stylized as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc. After the death of frontman and lead singer Dave Brockie in 2014, the group has continued without any of its founding members.

Identified by their distinctively grotesque costumes, Gwar's core thematic and visual concept revolves around an elaborate science fiction-themed mythology which portrays the band members as barbaric interplanetary warriors, a narrative which serves as the basis for all of the band's albums, live shows and media. With over-the-top violent, sexual, and scatological humor typically incorporating social and political satire, Gwar has attracted both acclaim and controversy for its music and stage shows, the latter of which notoriously showcase enactments of graphic violence that result in the audience being sprayed with fake blood, urine, and semen. Such stagecraft regularly leads Gwar to be labeled a "shock rock" band by the media.

Since its formation, Gwar has released 13 studio albums, two live albums, and numerous singles among other recordings, and has sold over 820,000 records in the United States. Fueled largely by the controversies surrounding their concerts, Gwar experienced brief mainstream notoriety during the first half of the 1990s, receiving regular airplay on MTV as well as frequent in-character guest appearances on daytime talk shows, satirizing the topics of censorship and media violence. Though the band's mainstream popularity declined by the end of the 1990s, Gwar has retained a dedicated cult following. The band's extensive videography consists of both live recordings and long-form feature films, most notably 1992's Phallus in Wonderland, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Long Form Music Video. Gwar has also expanded its brand into other areas such as books, comic books board games, beer, whisky barbecue sauce, CBD, e-liquids, and sex toys.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1988Hell-o!GWAR34
1990Scumdogs of the UniverseGWAR3.655
1991America Must Be DestroyedGWAR3.57
1994This Toilet EarthGWAR42
1995RagnarökGWAR12
1997Carnival of ChaosGWAR22
1999We Kill EverythingGWAR21
2001Violence Has ArrivedGWAR22
2004War PartyGWAR31
2006Beyond HellGWAR31
2009Lust in SpaceGWAR3.51
2010Bloody Pit of HorrorGWAR3.53
2013Battle MaximusGWAR3.51
2017The Blood of GodsGWAR3.52
2022The New Dark AgesGWAR31

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2000Slaves Going SingleGWAR1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1990Live From AntarcticaGWAR1
2000You're All Worthless and WeakGWAR1
2005Live From Mt. FujiGWAR1
2021Scumdogs XXX LiveGWAR2

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1997A Soundtrack to Kill Yourself ToGWAR1
1997GWAR LiteGWAR1
1997Hate Love Songs / Penguin AttackGWAR2
1997RAWGwarGWAR1
1997The Art of WarGWAR1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1992The Road BehindGWAR3
2021The Disc With No NameGWAR31

Broadcast + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
20172017-10-31: The Howard Stern Show, New York, NY, USAGWAR1

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