GWAR has released a new song called “Berserker Mode”. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “The New Dark Ages”, which will arrive on CD/digital June 3 and vinyl and cassette on September 16 via GWAR‘s own Pit Records. The visualizer for the song features the first animated art cells from the band’s upcoming graphic novel “GWAR In The Duoverse Of Absurdity”.
GWAR vocalist Blöthar The Berserker states: “This is my origin story, about transforming into a drug-jacked unpredictable liability on the battlefield. But like me, it has a softer side, a tale of the struggle of becoming my authentic self…a sexy, multi-donged, vajazzzled, Viking cow beast known as… The Berserker Blóthar!!”
“The New Dark Ages” album concept is tied to a companion graphic novel, “GWAR In The Duoverse Of Absurdity”, which will be released by Z2 Comics on June 3. In the graphic novel, the band-members are sucked off into an alternate universe to do battle with their evil twins and the specter of rogue technology. On “The New Dark Ages”, our heroes floorboard it through a kaleidoscope of hard-driving heavy metal, and rock and fucking roll, building on their hilarious mythos, introducing cool new characters, and cataloging mankind’s hapless abandonment of their passions, rituals, and beliefs.
“The New Dark Ages” is available for pre-order on cassette, CD and multiple different colors of vinyl (whiskey, sunbolt and black/gold marble) and the graphic novel as both soft and hard cover. Bundles are available including ones with Blóthar bobbleheads, and a one-of-a-kind Beefcake helmet.
“The New Dark Ages” track listing:
1. New Dark Age
2. Blood Libel
3. Berserker Mode
4. Mother Fucking Liar
5. Unto the Breach
6. Completely Fucked
7. The Cutter
8. Rise Again
9. The Beast Will Eat Itself
10. The Venom Of The Platypus
12. Bored to Death
13. Death Whistle Suite:
– Temple Ascent
– Starving Gods
– Deus Ex Monstrum
The album concept is tied to a companion graphic novel “GWAR In The Duoverse Of Absurdity”, which will also be released by Z2 Comics on June 3. In the graphic novel, the band-members are sucked off into an alternate universe to do battle with their evil twins and the specter of rogue technology.
In support of the album, GWAR will return to the road this spring on “The Black Death Rager World Tour”. The trek starts May 19 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and runs through June 17 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Support will be provided by GOATWHORE, THE NATIVE HOWL and NEKROGOBLIKON. Following the U.S. leg of the tour, GWAR will return to Europe this summer, including appearances at the Bloodstock Open Air and Wacken Open Air festivals.
“GWAR In The Duoverse Of Absurdity” chronicles the epic battle between GWAR and their doppelgangers from an alternate universe the band discovers behind their treasured Magic Mirror. The book uses an innovative storytelling technique that combines words and pictures printed on paper (made from real trees!) in a seamless format we are calling 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).
GWAR with CROWBAR, THE NATIVE HOWL, NEKROGOBLIKON:
May 19 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s*
May 20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant* (PointFest PreParty)
May 21 – Wichita, KS @ TempleLive*
May 23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 24 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
May 26 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
May 27 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 28 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 29 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
May 31 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center
Jun. 02 – Destin, FL @ Club LA
Jun. 03 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
Jun. 04 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
Jun. 05 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Jun. 07 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Jun. 08 – Green Bay, WI @ EPIC Event Center
Jun. 10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Jun. 11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Jun. 12 – Albany, NY @ Empire Live
Jun. 14 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
Jun. 15 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Jun. 16 – Providence, RI @ The Strand
Jun. 17 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
* No CROWBAR