It’s a good time to be a GWAR fan. The alien warriors based in Richmond, Virginia released the critically acclaimed album “The New Dark Ages” on June 3rd, with an accompanying graphic novel entitled “GWAR: in the Duoverse of Absurdity”. In parallel, the documentary “This is GWAR”, available on Shudder, tells the story of the formation of this unique group of musicians, who have been offending and impressing audiences in equal measures since 1984.
“The New Dark Ages” is the second album since the death of founding member Oderus Urungus in 2014. While 2017’s “The Blood of Gods” provided confidence and proof that they could carry on, “The New Dark Ages” takes things to the next level. The album chronicles GWAR‘s adventures in the Duoverse, where the band rediscovers old powers such as Blóthar’s terrifying Berserker Mode, and encounter new allies, such as the murderous maven known as The Cutter. Along the way, they battle the living monuments of a lost cause and armies of undead soldiers who rise again to fight a New Civil War.
“The New Dark Ages” is a journey through the archetypes of the human imagination, as our anti-heroes live again horrific fairy tales such as that of the old Ratcatcher, the Pied Piper, reminding us that the spirit of GWAR is as old as storytelling itself. Having unleashed destructive technology, humans pray The Beast Will Eat Itself, but it is down to GWAR to charge Unto the Breach in an epic battle between science and the supernatural. GWAR has already toured extensively this year, and recently announced the fall leg of “The Black Death Rager World Tour”, with Light the Torch, Nekrogoblikon and Crobot.
Sonic Perspectives interviewer Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Blóthar to discuss the new album, touring plans, the new comic book and much more. Listen to their chat below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.