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The New Dark Ages: An Exclusive Interview With THE BERSERKER BLÓTHAR Of GWAR

By George Dionne, Podcaster
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 @ 1:48 PM

“We treat every conspiracy theory like it’s absolute truth [on The New Dark Ages]”

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It was November 9, 2002 that I was introduced to the world of GWAR. It was my very first freelance assignment for a now defunct website. Prior to the show, I had the privilege to interview the late Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) out of costume, but in character. He even offered up a picture with the entire crew in costume later on.

While I had never attended a GWAR show, I heard what happened at one. I asked about the blood and my camera down in the pit. He said, don’t worry, the blood arcs over you into the crowd. The joke was on me in the end, as there was no arc and I ended up being a direct target. It was a blast just the same.

A lot has changed with GWAR in twenty years. GWAR is not just a band, but they are a brand. They have become part of the culture. The controversies GWAR stirred up back in the day have almost become commonplace today. It’s as if GWAR has completed their mission of conquering the world.

Their latest concept album, The New Dark Ages (Review on KNAC.COM HERE), displays a more refined and accessible sound from GWAR. While the live show still remains the centerpiece of GWAR’s repertoire, it’s clear the music is becoming just as memorable. I had the chance to speak with The Berserker Blóthar (Michael Bishop) shortly after the album’s release.

Highlights include:

-Discussion of The New Dark Ages
-Stories behind the singles
-GWAR In The Duoverse of Absurdity graphic novel tie-in
-Guest appearance by Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM)
-How GWAR has changed since inception
-Why the album wasn’t released through Metal Blade Records
-High end GWAR merch bundles
-1st World tour since lockdowns
-Preview of the upcoming stage show
-This Is GWAR documentary
-GWAR whiskey & beer offerings
-Will adventures in the Duoverse continue?
-And much, much more


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