As 2014 is just about at an end, we take a moment at Geeks Of Doom to remember the fallen musicians who left us this year. A large array of heavyweights, cult heroes, pioneering figures, and sentimental favorites are among those who have left us in a physical sense, but the memories that they made in the past and the ones that each of their fans have in regards to them will never leave.
A list of some of our (and probably yours as well) fallen heroes is below.
When Gwar vocalist Dave Brockie passed away earlier this year from an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 50, many thought that it might spell the end of the iconic band of self-proclaimed “alien scumdogs.” But just weeks after sending Brockie’s character Oderus Urungus back to the mother ship with a viking funeral at the annual fan appreciation event GwarBQ, the band has debuted their new lineup.
Instead of trying to replace Brockie in a direct and obvious way, it seems the band has chosen another route entirely — Gwar now features two lead singers and one of whom is a badass Amazonian alien known as Vulvatron. That’s right, in addition to long-running member Blothar taking over some of the vocal duties, Gwar now features what looks to be one of metal’s strongest female front women.
Dave Brockie, lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar who performed with the Oderus Urungus persona, was found dead in his Richmond, VA, home on Sunday, according to Style Weekly, who reported that the cause of death is not known at this time, but police do not suspect foul play. He was 50.
The musician’s shocking death is the second recent tragedy to strike Gwar. In 2011, the band members found their guitarist Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus dead on their tour bus.
In 1984, Brockie founded Gwar, a theatrical thrash metal outfit where its members took on personas – think KISS, but more extreme. The back-story is that the self-proclaimed “Scumdogs of the Universe,” an intergalactic band of chaos warriors, were banished to Earth millions of years ago, now hellbent on destroying the human race and eradicating existence itself. Brockie performed on stage as Oderus Urungus, wearing a humanoid barbarian costume with devil horns and a huge codpiece, and wielding a long sword named “Unt Lick.”
Guitarist for the long-time theatrical metal band GWAR, Cory Smoot aka Flattus Maximus, has been found dead by his band members on their tour bus, after departing a show in Minneapolis before heading to Canada. There is no word as to the cause of death. It is not known how old Smoot is.
The character of Flattus Maximus has been portrayed in GWAR by numerous musicians over the years, and Cory Smoot joined the band in 2002. He has played the character as part of the band for the longest out of all previous musicians who also took on the name.