Gwar have officially announced Brent Purgason of Cannabis Corpse has their new guitarist. Statements from Purgason and Gwar frotntman Oderus Urungus can be read below.
Purgason has been brought into the GWAR camp to replace the late Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), who was found dead in his bunk on the Gwar tour bus on November 3 last year. His cause of death was determined as being a coronary artery thrombosis, brought about by a pre-existing coronary artery disease.
Purgason, who will play the part of Pustulus Maximus, a relative of Flattus Maximus, declared his unyielding respect for Smoot in a short statement: “At this point I have nothing to say to the press, even though I am talking to you. I will let my guitar speak for itself,” he said, “But let me add that I am blood-sworn to honor the legacy of the great Flattus and indeed the whole Maximus tribe. I didn’t come here to f**k around. HAIL FLATTUS!”
Oderus Urungus issued a far more descriptive statement: “Naturally, we were devastated by the passing of Flattus,” he said. “But we turned that grief into rage and set about the task of finding a new guitar player. The first thing we did was sound the mighty Horn of Hate, and alert all Scumdogs, scattered across the galaxy as they are, as to what had occurred. What people didn’t know about Flattus was that was is part of a huge tribe of brutish warriors, The Maximus Clan. They are at the core of any Scumdog Legion worth its blood! Planet Maximus is just crawling with them!
“Many of the tribe had fought and even played in bands with Flattus, and we began to get messages from across the stars. The Scumdogs were coming! Coming to Earth to lay tracks on our new album, and pay tribute to the mighty Flattus. Soon the War-Barges of Maximus tribe members began to appear in Earth’s orbit…and land outside our great temple! Bubonis, Infectitcus, Fartacus, and many more-all have participated in the creation of the songs that shall be on our new album, which will be out sometime next year. But it was not until the hulking form of Pustulus appeared at the studio door, bloody guitar in hand, that we knew we had our new member. Here was a being that was supposedly born with a guitar in his fist, which of course resulted in the death of his beloved mother, whose body he immediately devoured. If anyone can replace our beloved comrade, it is this foul creature. Because he can f***ing shred.”
Gwar are currently working on the follow-up to 2010′s ‘Bloody Pit of Horror.’