GWAR’s Dave Brockie dead, his legend never dies
The man behind the masks, makeup, and perturbing prosthetics was found dead at the age of 50 in his home in Richmond, VA., by roommates on Sunday evening, March 23. No cause of death has been released as of yet, but Richmond police have confirmed the reports. Not only does Brockie leave behind a legacy of lucid lyrics and gruesome growls, but he leaves behind legions of followers that he’s inspired and worked with throughout the decades since GWAR’s inception in 1984, a fluke, at that.
Brockie started GWAR as a joking side project, to his then band Death Piggy. But Brockie then began to see it as a serious outlet for his outrageously twisted and imaginative brain. Behind all the dark and devilish motifs, there’s a lot of creativity and artistic vision put in to his boundary crossing crusades.Fellow Richmond native and lead singer of Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, said in a statement today that he cherished all he’s learned from Brockie, and owed everything that Lamb of God had to GWAR who gave them their first chances, back when they were Burn the Priest.
The band’s antic and attire are second to none to their bloody sketches and satanic stage massacres, with a stage performance and presence unlike anything the world has ever seen, GWAR was truly one of a kind. The first few rows also saw fans gets sprayed with fake blood and real metal.
Martyr was fortunate enough to see what wasn’t known to us then as one of GWAR’s last performances in Toronto late last year. The band had been off the touring circuit for years, and made a comeback after releasing their thirteenth studio album Battle Maximus. The album was a memorial for another fallen GWAR soldier they lost in 2011, Cory “Flattus Maximus” Smoot.Regardless of their age or time off, they put on one hell of a show and fans old and young got one last chance to see Dave Brockie in action, a legend in the world of metal, and an icon in the world of shock rock.
He brought levity and fun to the realm of satanic music, and now that realm is overtaken with grief.
Though he lives on in the hearts of fans and peers alike, he will be sorely missed by his band mates, who have now endured a second and twice as crippling loss that GWAR could never possibly recover from.
Photos by ftfphotography.