Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus Of GWAR, Dead At 50

gwar-3Well, I woke up this morning to some horrible news. We all learned this morning that the world lost shock metal legend Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus of Gwar. Dave was only fifty years old and the details of his death are sparse. All we know is that he was found by a band member, sitting upright in his chair in his home.

The scumdog will live on. Rest in peace.

Madness At The Core: GWAR Releases New Music Video

GWARSomehow I missed that Gwar released a new music video last Thursday but shit, am I glad I finally found it. The video is for their song “Madness At The Core Of Time” which appears on Gwar‘s latest album Battle Maximus. I love this song and the video is pretty rad for a live video. Check it out:       Continue reading

This New Track Is Madness At The GWAR Of Time

Legendary alien metal band GWAR have been working hard on their latest album Battle Maximus, which will be released in September. In anticipation of the new album, GWAR have released a new track titled “Madness At The Core Of Time” and it fucking rips. This album marks the recording debut of GWAR‘s new guitarist Pustulus Maximus. Check out the new track after the jump.     Continue reading

Scumdog Millionaires: GWAR Welcomes New Guitarist; Performs KANSAS Cover

Almost a year after Corey Smoot’s untimely passing, Intergalactic rock superstars GWAR have finally revealed the identity and origin of their new lead guitarist, Pustulus Maximus (aka Cannabis Corpse/Antietam 1862 guitarist Brent Purgason), in a recent press conference. Pustulus is set to appear on the band’s upcoming tour as well as their new album.

The fine people over at The Huffington Post have hooked GWAR to bring us the first professionally filmed footage of the group rocking with Pustulus. You can watch group perform their version of “Carry On My Wayward Son” originally by Kansas here. You can also read the official announcement welcoming Pustulus below.

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New GWAR Material In The Works

Gwar are currently working on new material for their next full length effort. The band took to  Facebook to reveal the details:

“Like any band worth it’s salt, GWAR is constantly working on new songs. What’s different now is that the band has it’s own in-house recording studio/jam space, so everything they do is tracked. There is no release date, no gory details but rest assured of one thing…GWAR is working on a new album, and it will be a tribute to their lost Scumdog brother, Flattus Maximus!”

-Lane Oliver

Reign In Maggots: GWAR Mourning Jam

Good morning, you filthy fucks. How are we all feeling this fine Thursday? Good? Good. This morning I was in a serious mood for some GWAR. Why? Because I love GWAR. You love GWAR. We all love them. They are a great band. This actually started last night when I was sitting at my computer and said “hey, I want to listen to GWAR.” Interesting story, huh? Yeah, that’s pretty much the story of my life. Fuck it. Get to the tunes. Enjoy.

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Seasons Greetings From GWAR

 

How do you think your grandma would react to alien musicians singing christmas carols on her doorstep? Well it happened to someones grandma. Everyones favorite crack fiends, Gwar, recently went door to door singing christmas carols. Watch the video above to see the mayhem that transpired…… Too bad it all looks ridiculously staged.

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

Holy Shit. GWAR’s Flattus Maximus Was Found Dead.

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Unfortunately, Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, was found dead this morning while the band was planning to cross the Canadian border. I was at work until now and I am just now finding this out. Holy shit, that’s insane. He was indeed a talented guitarist and my condolences go out to his friends and family. You can read the press release straight from Mr. Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus after the jump.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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Your First Taste Of ARGONAUTS!

Perhaps you remember hearing that ex members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By the Sun, Municipal Waste, and East of the Wall were forming a group called Argonauts. I am sure you have been wondering what the project will sound like. Well do I have a treat for you! Argonauts performed live in Richmond, VA this weekend as part of the “GWAR-B-Q”. Lucky for us, someone filmed some footage! I am totally stoked for their music to drop! Based on these videos, the band sounds top notch. Check it out NOW!

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GWAR Announce New Tour

GWAR have announced their new “Return of the Maggot Tour” which will feature a diverse line up. Aside from GWAR, the tour will also feature Every Time I Die, Ghoul, and Warbeast. The tour begins October 18th in Charlotte, NC and ends November 27th in New Haven, CT.

10/18 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
10/19 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/20 Washington DC – 9:30 Club
10/21 Worcester, MA – Palladium
10/22 Albany, NY – Northern Lights
10/23 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/24 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
10/25 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
10/26 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10/28 Milwaukee, WI – Rave
10/29 Detroit, MI – Harpos
10/30 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10/31 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/01 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
11/02 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11/04 Edmonton, AB – Events Center
11/05 Calgary, AB – Macewan Ballroom
11/07 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
11/08 Seattle,WA – Showbox
11/09 Portland, OR – Roseland
11/11 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Grand
11/12 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
11/13 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
11/15 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
11/16 Denver, CO – Summit Theater
11/18 Austin, TX – East Side Drive In
11/19 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
11/20 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
11/21 New Orleans, LA – The Hanger
11/22 Atlanta,GA – Masquerade
11/23 Tampa, FL – Green Iguana Stadium
11/25 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
11/26 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/27 New Haven, CT – Toads Place

-Lane Oliver

Exclusive: Ross Gnarly, Decibel ROTM Interview

I am a subscriber to this amazing metal magazine known as Decibel. I can say in I have enjoyed every issue I have ever read. The magazine is full of interviews, album reviews, live show reviews and so much more. It was actually me asking editor in chief, Albert Mudrian for a job that I ended up starting this blog. I owe a lot to Albert for that. I asked another member (now former) of the Decibel team, Mark Evans how I could become Reader of the Month. He informed me of what I needed to accomplish this, I complied, and here it is. Decibel’s February 2011 issue features my furry mug on page 8. Gnar. Here is the interview that managing editor, Andrew Bonazelli came up for me:

Do Mr. and Mrs. Gnarly regret naming you after probably the biggest used tampon in network sitcom history?
I take it you mean David Schwimmer? Haha, That dude is a douche. I don’t think they regret naming me Ross. Besides, I was Ross five years before that ass was. Maybe he was named after me! Do you know how many years I was called “Geller”? It blows.

Your blog American Aftermath promotes and supports “all types of metal–black, death, thrash, power, grindcore, hardcore, metalcore, sludge and, on occasion, grunge.” What occasions are those?
Well, basically, I  was huge grunge fan before getting into full blown metal. Mainly Nirvana was always a huge influence on me, so if a good grunge band or grunge-influenced band comes along, I’ll check them out and support them. There is a band I’ve blogged about quite a bit called Captain Overboard–Radio Earth!, who have a lot of grunge influenced mixed with a killer sludge-core style.

We frequently ask ROTMs what their dream live show would be. What is the most nightmarish metal show you can imagine?
Gorguts, Cannibal Corpse and GWAR. Can you imagine? All the blood. All the gore. Martha Stewart being decapitated. That would be fucking epic. I haven’t got to see a lot of shows in the last few years, but the aforementioned show has been in my dreams for years.

Is that you on YouTube covering “Johnny B. Goode (Peter Tosh Version)”? What would Michael J. Fox think?
Yes, that is me. What would Mikey think? He’d probably get angry because I butchered it. He would then attempt to point a finger at me, but when he couldn’t stop shaking, he’d get all butthurt and run away.

What special promotions has Decibel yet to concoct that could send you spiraling further towards bankruptcy and poverty?
Haha. I’m not really sure. Perhaps a “Buy 500 Decibot Shirts and Win a Date With Oderus” kind of contest would break me.

Urungus For President?

 

I am sure some of you have seen the above video. If you haven’t, it depicts Gwar disemboweling Sarah Palin live. This should be nothing new, seeing as Gwar have been offing celebrities and politicians for…. ever! So, why is this such a big deal? Hell if I know, but Palin and Palin supporters are not happy. What does our fearless Lord of Gore have to say? Here is a quote from Mr. Urungus himself (via Metal Blade Records Facebook):

When reached for comment on this highly offensive slaying of Mrs. Palin, (to Republicans and tea partiers at least) possible presidential candidate and overlord Oderus gave the following statement:

“Is this what American politics has come to? We have killed every President since Reagan, regardless of party affiliation, and the proof of it is all over the net…but the right-wing tea bag numb-nuts are getting their knickers in a twist over somebody that doesn’t even hold office, and in fact left her office as Alaskan governor in order to concentrate on her reality show…and is this woman actually being considered as a potential president? Why does the agenda of the right require that America be viewed as a global laughing stock? Because between Wikileaks and the attention this idiot gets, that is exactly what you are…”

 

I think Oderus said everything that need be said. Can you say Urungus for President?

~RG

Best Albums of 2010 [American Aftermath]


I started this blog on September 1st of this year. Since then, I have reviewed 44 new albums and I have listened to roughly 100-110. I have heard some of the best music in many years come out in 2010. There were a few albums that I listened to that didn’t tweak my nips and a few that I just couldn’t get around to checking out. I do regret not having listened to these albums before posting my “Best of” list, but I set this deadline the day I started the blog.

First off, I’d like to point out that Captain Overboard–Radio Earth! released their debut album in October. It was an independent release, but it is definitely worth a listen. Check it out.

Now, like I said, there was a nauseating amount of albums that came out this year and no way for me to listen to all of them. Some of the main albums I regret either not getting to hear or not getting to hear in entirety are:

  • Dawnbringer – Nucleus
  • Withered – Dualitas
  • Melechesh – The Epigenesis
  • The Funeral Pyre – Vultures At Dawn
  • East of The Wall – Ressentiment
  • Agalloch – Marrow of The Spirit

Before narrowing my list down to 25, I was up in the 40s and 50s. As I said, there was so much good shit out this year, I really didn’t want to cut anything out.  But I had to, so I did. Some of the ones that almost made the list are:

  • The Rotted – Anarchogram EP
  • Gwar – Bloody Pit of Horror
  • Cephalic Carnage – Misled by Certainty
  • Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent
  • Murder Construct – Murder Construct EP

And now, for what you have all been waiting for, Ross Gnarly’s “Best of 2010″ list is here. I have been working on this list since mid-October and it has been really hard to cut out albums to finish this list, but I did what I had to do.  Here it is (25-11)

25. Black Tusk – Taste The Sin
24. Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom
23. Salome – Terminal
22. Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
21. Defeatist – Sixth Extinction
20. Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia
19. Fuck The Facts – Unnamed EP
18. Phobia – Unrelenting EP
17. Kill The Client – Set For Extinction
16. Infernaeon – Genesis to Nemesis
15. As They Sleep – Dynasty
14. Charred Walls of the Damned – Charred Walls of the Damned
13. Autopsy – The Tomb Within EP
12. Mose Giganticus – Gift Horse
11. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise


10. Svart Crown – Witnessing The Fall
–Amazingly well done black/death that is sure to put poison in your veins. Read the review here.


9. Early Graves – Goner
–Punishing metalcore at it’s greatest. Mahk Daniels will be missed. His voice was one of the strongest, most passionate I’ve heard. Read the review here.


8. Kvelertak – Kvelertak
–Super catchy black n’ roll. Upon first hearing this, I didn’t know what to think about it. And now? All I can say is it is one of a kind. Fucking killer. Check it out. Read the review here.


7. Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
–Brutal neo-thrash that will stomp your ass with military boots. For fans of Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust. Love it. Read the review here.


6. Trap Them – Filth Rations EP
–Punishing. That’s it. Fucking punishing. Do it.


5. Cloudkicker – Beacons
–Some of the most amazing progressive instrumental metal I’ve ever heard. Ben Sharp is a master of crafts. This is like the Star Wars of progessive, one-man metal. It’s that epic. Read the review here.


4. Holy Grail – Crisis In Utopia
–Holy Grail are the epitome of neo-traditional heavy/speed metal. Amazing melody and some of the best vocals of all time. Great. Gnarly. Read the review here.


3. Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters
–Evil-as-fuck. Death incarnate. Scary, brutal, melodic, scary. All these words make up just a hint of what Dawn of Ashes have to offer. Read the review here.


2. Coffinworm – When All Became None
–The best example of black/doom. Coffinworm were the the number one album on this list until recently. This album is an evil mass that shall reign in hell. Read the review here.

 

1. Nails – Unsilent Death


What can I say about Nails? Their musical style is one that should be, not looked up, but praised. They have every aspect of the crust/grind/death/hardcore spectrum in tact and it all gets worked into a raging beast that made it’s way to number one. Here is the review of “Unsilent Death”:

“Conform” contains some of the fastest, most brutal fucking grind I’ve heard in a good while. It soars by with lightning speed and tears ear drums and anything else in it’s path to shreds. The song leads right into the next, “Scum Will Rise” which responds with a more melodic approach to grinding. Fucking amazing track. With songs so short, it is hard for some to describe grindcore albums in more than a paragraph or two. I however wish to tell you the impact this album will have on you. Imagine taking your brains from your skull and putting them into a blender on frappe. You then freeze the remains into a large ice block, carry it into the backyard and smash it with a mallet. Yes. It is frozen-brain-shattering. Yes it is. “Your God” goes  back to the formula of “Conform” as being an insanely fast and heavy track. It does however manage to maintain melody throughout the entire 33 seconds. A nice drum roll introduces us to the groove-grinding of “Suffering Soul.” The chorus of this song rings out like an anthem for the depraved. The vocals are pure and simple. A gut-wrenching yell with tremendous emotion. Nice grooving guitar riff towards the end of the song in which the song as a whole hits the slow-down-button. Nice old school death metal riffing on the title track, “Unsilent Death.” This shows that this band has a very wide range influences that make this band rather hard to categorize. This whole song takes me back to the mid 1990s in death metal. Fucking “A.” A lot of feed back for what I would assume you would consider a breakdown. The song then returns to that fantastic groove. “Traitor” touches back on some previous songs (“Conform” and “Your God”) but with odd, varying timing. Grind one second and a chord-hanging doom riff. Very odd, but I love it. “I Will Not Follow” is as punishing as the rest of the album. Fast and furious yet filled with melody. Nice chugging guitar riffing. Nice doom-death riffing around the 1:00 mark. This band has an amazing sound that will definitely keep them going for many years to come. “No Servant” is another melo-grind face-smasher with a great guitar soloing. Oddly timed, but that’s the best kind. These guys are killing it. “Scapegoat” has some of the best guitar shredding on the album. It still has that old school death metal feel, especially around the 0:40 mark and leading all the way into “Depths” which marks the last track on the album. This is also the longest song on the album, maxing out at almost four minutes! The song doom/drones along at the beginning before bursting into another extraordinary death-groove shred-marathon. Another odd solo pops up at 1:36. This entire band is extremely tight while keeping the music superbly crusty and filthy. The song breaks down around the 2:05 mark and dooms it for a while. Nice pinch harmonics coming through very clear. This bands wide range of sound keeps me guessing what is around every turn. I never know what I am going to hear next: grindcore, death metal, doom, polka. Who knows?

Review: Gwar – Bloody Pit of Horror

The albums opener, “Zombies March” has juicy, thick guitar licks. Oderus’ vocals are as epic as ever. This song is fast-as-fuck. It’s amazing how Oderus’ gruff vocals can turn into such nice sounding high pitched singing. The solo is amazing. Listening to this, I want to watch Zombieland. Or play Dead Rising. Or something like that. Nice. “Come the Carnivor” opens with a shitload of gain and feedback tomfoolery. Hah. How often does someone get to say that in an album review? This song is very doom-y and depressing. Reminds me of My Dying Bride which is something I would have NEVER compared Gwar too. It has a good sound to it, don’t get me wrong. Just a little different. Odd, if you will. “A Gathering of Ghouls” is more like it. Epic chugging and nice, melodic lead lines. Vocals are flying out like pea soup on the set of The Exorcist. Another amazing solo. “Storm Is Coming” is dark, devious and fucking terrific. The chorus is extremely catchy. Superb lead guitar lines laid over amazing chugga riffs. The end of the song is fucking killer. Chugga-chugga-chugga-stop. Repeat. Gnarly. Love it. “Tick-Tits” has a nice riff and tempo, but I have to say, I think the vocals are a little overpowering and they seem a little awkward with the rest of the instruments. I don’t know, probably just me. Some gruesomely awesome lyrics, though. “Beat You To Death” opens with a fucking amazingly brutal lead guitar line. Vocals are very old school hardcore-esque. This song has a nice, face-smashing groove. Very odd time signatures, but I like it. Great lyrics. Really makes me want to beat up some scene kids. That would make me happy. The breakdown is spectacular. Great track. Upon seeing the title “You Are My Meat,” I had an uneasy feeling in my stomach. Upon hitting the play button, I was confused. This song’s beginning is even more off than “Come The Carnivor.” The rest of the song is really gloomy and again odd for me. These lyrics are fucking insane. Very creepy shit. I have to say, I love when the song hits. Fantastic lead guitar lines. “Hail, Genocide!” breaks down a big wall and begins blazing killer riffs and easily memorable lyrics. This is one of my favorite tracks. While being heavy-as-fuck in the classic Gwar fashion, it gives off a very lighthearted vibe. “KZ Necromancer” instantly makes me think of Dillinger Escape Plan before breaking into a hefty groove. Some of the vocals are more sing-song. Not my favorite on the album, but not bad. This is a good head banging track. Possibly a nice pitting track. This track is very brutal and still a fun song. “The Litany of the Slain” begins and the vocals almost make me laugh. Not the lyrics, just the execution of said lyrics. It just seems a little odd. The slower, doom-y, breakdown, singing section is very nice. I really like this song. This is my favorite song on the album. For sure. Riffing is off the charts. Vocals are amazing. Gotta love that screeching guitar solo. I know I do. The lyrics are fucking hilarious. “Paris Hilton fucks a donkey!” I mean, come one. Fucking brilliance. “Sick and Twisted” has another super-duper, chunky guitar sound. More greatly written lyrics. I love Gwar. Not only can I enjoy a laugh, I can head bang while I’m doing it. More screechy guitar leads. Good vocal execution. I liked this album. I did. But honestly, I think I could pick and choose song that I would listen to a lot more than others. Great, gnarly, hilarious job, guys.