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Thrash Metal Provocateur Dave Brockie Dies

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Gwar frontman took shock rock into unchartered territory

By Marty Paule

Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie of GwarOderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie in full regalia at an Edmonton, Canada show. (Mark Marek Photography)

Dave Brockie, a co-founder and guitarist for the thrash metal band Gwar was found dead by a roommate at his Richmond, VA apartment Sunday evening. Cause of death was pending a medical examiner’s report for the 50-year-old Brockie who performed under the stage monicker Oderus Ungerus.

Gwar, the band he helped form in 1984, was notorious for its raunchy shows and provocative songs that touched on taboo themes, incorporating a wild mixture of punk, metal, and nihilist influences. Copious amounts of blood, mock decapitations, potty humor, and biting political and cultural satire were all part of Gwar’s calculated-to-shock repertoire. A sampling of its album titles provides some sense of the band’s acidically satiric thrust: Scumdogs of the Universe, This Toilet Earth, and Lust in Space, as well as the unforgettably titled videos Surprising Burst of Chocolaty Fudge and Dawn of the Day of the Night of the Penguins.

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