Gwar is “not of this world.” The story is that they were all banished to Earth when they failed to hack it in the Scumdogs of the Universe, an elite intergalactic fighting force. For an in-depth look into their origin, pre-order a copy of GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail – Graphic novel here.
Attending Gwar is stepping into another dimension. One filled with swords, spikes, aliens, imbeciles and annoying corporate overlords. Liters of blood and neon green semen spewed over a packed crowd that, by song two, temporarily wiped out the barrier in front of the stage.
To watch Gwar is to lose yourself. It’s a chance to shed some aggression. It’s watching the president, any president, every president be killed and to shower in their blood. It’s a chance to be fucking filthy and to celebrate the overwhelming absurdity of life. Veteran fans often push to the front to stain their white t-shirts with blood. As the song goes, “If you want blood, you got it!”
In reality, Gwar is a heavy metal band formed in 1984 out of Richmond, VA that played the Masquerade’s Heaven stage on Saturday Nov. 1, 2018 alongside Miss May I and American Sharks. You can find tickets to other stops on their Gore, Core, Metal and More 2018 tour here.
We got a chance to sit down with their guitar player Pustulus Maximus. Hear his thoughts on politics, celebrities, and the end of the human race here.
Photos by Grace Kelly for Bullet Music