GWAR released the official music video for “Rat Hunter”. The title is taken from the band’s latest album, “The New Dark Ages”out on CD/digital on June 3 and on vinyl and cassette on September 16 via GWARis clean Pit files.
GWAR singer Blothar the Berserker states: “What better way to celebrate the end of human existence than a little reminder of your dark and violent past in the middle ages ravaged by disease! ‘Ratcatcher’ is the true story of the mysterious Flute player of Hamelin. HA! It was GWAR all along ! This track, and every song on this album, is hot molten lead poured straight into your ears! GWAR is eternal eternal!”
“The New Dark Ages” chronicles GWAR‘s in the Duoverse, where the group rediscovers ancient powers such as Blotharof the terrifying Berserker Mode and meet new allies, like the murderous maven known as The Cutter. Along the way, they battle living monuments to a lost cause and armies of undead soldiers rising to fight a new civil war.
“The New Dark Ages” track list:
01. new dark age
02. blood libel
03. Berserker Mode
04. mother fucking liar
05. To the breach
06. Completely Fucked
07. The cutter
08. will resurrect
09. The beast will eat itself
ten. Platypus venom
11. rat hunter
12. bored to death
13. Death Whistle Sequel:
– Ascent of the temples
– Hungry Gods
– Deus Ex Monstrum
Artwork by Alex Horley
The concept of the album is tied to a companion graphic novel “GWAR in Absurdity Duovers”which is also published by Z2 Comics June 3. In the graphic novel, the band members are sucked into an alternate universe to battle their evil twins and the specter of rogue technology.
In support of the album, GWAR hit the road again “The Black Death Rager World Tour”. The trek began May 19 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and will run through June 17 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Support is provided by BUTCHER, THE NATIVE HOWL and NEKROGBLIKON.
After the American leg of the tour, GWAR will return to Europe this summer, including appearances at outdoor bloodstock and outdoor wacken festivals.
“GWAR in Absurdity Duovers” chronicles the epic battle between GWAR and their look-alikes from an alternate universe that the group discovers behind their treasured Magic Mirror. The book uses an innovative storytelling technique that combines words and images printed on paper (made from real trees!) into a seamless format that we call a “graphic novel”. The tale is illustrated by the masterful talents of Andy MacDonald (“Wolverine”, “Dr. Strange”, “Wonder Woman”),Shane White (“Things Undone”, “Braun”, “Endless Summer”),Matt Maguire (GWAR) and Bob Gorman (GWAR).
Dave Brockiewho faced GWAR under the name of Oderus Urunguswas found dead at his home in Richmond, Virginia in March 2014. According to the Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office, he died accidentally of acute heroin poisoning.
Brockie was the last remaining original member of GWAR, founded 38 years ago. He was 50 years old.
The satirical metal band has earned a following for its ghoulish, over-the-top costumes, offensive lyrics, and graphic, gory performances, in which band members performed as descendants of alien warriors who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race. .