Gwar, often stylized in all caps 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. Despite the death of frontman and lead singer Dave Brockie in 2014, the group has continued, albeit without any of its founding members.
Easily 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, videos, live shows and other media. Rife 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 copious amounts of fake blood, urine, and semen. Such stagecraft regularly leads Gwar to be labeled a "shock rock" band by the media.
Scumdogs of the Universe (1990)Edit
- Back on the road, its no lie...
Stupid fucking humans pay money to die!
Crushed in the pit, nailed to the stage,
I only suck the souls that are underage!
- "The Salaminizer"
- With a battle cry go forth which is "Give the people what they want." And what the people want could only be the senseless slaughter of the gutter-slime that litters this nation for cash and prizes. Yes, this is the show where people bet their lives to win something big. / Cause when your life is shit, then you haven't got much to lose on Slaughterama!
- So, how do ya hide money from a hippy? Put it under the soap!
- Freedom to all the people
Brave, true and strong
Freedom to all the people
Unless I think you're wrong!
- "The Morality Squad"
This Toilet Earth (1994)Edit
- The cherub screams "NO" as I move to defile
Our bodies entwine in a puddle of bile
Many years later we'll look back and smile
As we thrash about on the urine-drenched tile
The delivery room is as still as a tomb
I fuck the child while its still in your womb
The child is now dead and you start to blubber
Fuck your warm corpse with your child as a rubber!
- To die
Perchance to sin
That's the rub
For in that sleep of sin
What, what kingdom may come?
What of the limitless sex and violence in the wake of RagNaRok!
Carnival of Chaos (1997)Edit
- Raining death on people
Firing into crowds
Over there I got a big bright medal
But here it's not allowed!
- "Back to Iraq"
- Hiroshima, a shadow burned in time
Nagasaki, naked baby melts alive
Burnt flesh and rubble from sea to dead shore
Such a hideous theatre of war
But that was the end - why?
There are so many more that must die
Is that not part of the plan?
I must use the nukes I can't kill you all with my hands.
- "Bring Back the Bomb"
- The Swastika and the Bloody Old Cross
Two great hates that hate great together.
- The decay of grandeur
From riches to rot
The decay of grandeur say
To have and then have not.
- "The Decay of Grandeur"
- All men die so don't ask me why
What the fuck else did you think we were for?
You were made to decay
It's better that way
This is the price of your war.
- "War Party"
- It's gone beyond hatred this time.
- "Lost God"
- The Reaganator and the U.S.A.!
We'll kill anything that gets in our way!
We're the good guys, so you have to die, that's why!
- "The Reaganator"