Human Scum! The time has come. ‘The New Dark Ages’ has finally been unleashed on the public. The album is now available digitally, with CD formats arriving July 15th and vinyl and cassette on September 16th, via the band’s own Pit Records. Pick up or stream the album at https://lnk.to/GWAR_TNDA.
In celebration of the album’s release, GWAR has released a video for their big-time, sell-out, soon-to-be hit radio single, ‘Ratcatcher.’ Watch the video below.
Lead singer Blóthar sez:
“What better way to celebrate the end of human existence than a little reminder of your dark and violent past from the disease-ridden middle ages! Ratcatcher is the true story of the mysterious Pied Piper of Hamelin. HA! It was GWAR all along! This tune, and every single song on this album is red hot molten lead poured directly into your ears! GWAR is eternal!”
You can also check out the clip for ‘Beserker Mode’, another track from the new album here.
‘The New Dark Ages’ 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.
On the ‘The Black Death Rager World Tour,’ your favorite Scumdog warriors touch down in Europe for the first time in almost three years. The assault kicks off July 29th in Tilburg, Holland and culminates with a show at London’s Dome on August 18th. In addition to GWAR‘s own headline shows, the tour also features stops at Bloodstock and Wacken Open Air.
The Berserker Blóthar had this to say about the coming trek:
“Ah Europe, the Old Country. We shall sweep across the continent like the plague, bringing pestilence and death and our unquenchable thirst for heavy metal glory.”
The New Dark Ages album concept is tied to a companion graphic novel, GWAR In The Duoverse of Absurdity, in which the band are sucked off into an alternate universe to do battle with their evil twins and the spectre of rogue technology.
The album is available on cassette, CD and an array of coloured vinyl (whiskey, sunbolt and black/gold marble) and the graphic novel is available in both soft and hard cover. Bundles are available including one with Blóthar bobbleheads, and a ‘one of a kind’ Beefcake helmet. See the full set of available formats here.
The New Dark Ages Tracklisting:
1. New Dark Age
2. Blood Libel
3. Berserker Mode
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:
-Deus Ex Monstrum
The Black Death Rager World Tour – EU Leg
29/7: Tilburg, NL – 013
31/7: Berlin, DE – SO 26
3/8: Essen, DE – Turock
4/8: Wacken, DE – Wacken*
8/8: Dover, UK – The Booking Hall
9/8: Brighton, UK – Chalk
10/8: Bristol, UK – Fleece
12/8: Catton Park, UK – Bloodstock*
13/8: Norwich, UK – Waterfront
14/8: Leeds, UK – Key Club
16/8: Glasgow, UK – Garage
17/8: Manchester, UK – Club Academy
18/8: London, UK – The Dome
You’ve read the album, now hear the book!
GWAR in the Duoverse of Absurdity chronicles the epic battle between GWAR and their doppelgangers from an alternate universe that 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). Z2 Comics (Judas Priest, Dio, Anthrax) have teamed up with GWAR to produce what will surely be known as the ultimate illustrated saga of the beloved Scumdogs of the Duoverse.
“This was the most utterly engrossing book I’ve ever read! I couldn’t wait until I’d read what was on the page before I was compelled to turn it! This novel has the one element that is missing in so many so-called literary masterpieces: It’s about me!” – Bälsäc The Jaws ‘o Death
“GWAR has made sure that this story is a full throttle hysterical ride into tipping every sacred cow possible and I consider it an honor to help bring this chapter of the band’s legacy to fetid, pulsing, life.” – Rantz Hoseley, editor Z2