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Gwar live in Toronto in 2008

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.

Song lyrics

  • 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!
    • "Slaughterama"
  • So, how do ya hide money from a hippy? Put it under the soap!
    • "Slaughterama"
  • Freedom to all the people
    Brave, true and strong
    Freedom to all the people
    Unless I think you're wrong!
    • "The Morality Squad"
  • 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!
    • "B.D.F"

Ragnarök (1995)

  • 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!
    • "RagNaRok"
  • Raining death on people
    Firing into crowds
    Over there I got a big bright medal
    But here it's not allowed!
    • "Back to Iraq"

War Party (2004)

  • 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.
    • "Krosstika"
  • 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"
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