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GWAR has a new vocalist – and SHE is in charge!

Although I tend to talk about movies on warrenisweird, this specific post is going to be slightly different than usual in the sense that I’m going to talk about something else: music. When it comes to music, I enjoy most hardcore punk bands [my favorite band will always be Brand New] and some [I’m fairly selective] metal bands. One metal band I enjoy in particular is GWAR. [above] They are known for putting on insanely awesome shows, being the all-singing, all-decapitating, blood-and-guts-drenched thrash metal horror group they are from Richmond, Virginia. [I dare you to look their live performances up on Youtube] The one “character” who was the ‘main event’ of the group was the founding member Dave Brockie: or as he was known to fans – ringleader Oderus Urungus. Out of  costume though, Dave was known as one of the nicest guys in metal, always making sure people were safe at their [always sold out] shows. Unfortunately, Brockie died earlier this year due to a heroin overdose, and GWAR fans had a dark ominous feeling over their heads for a long time – wondering what’s going to happen next for the band..

As it turns out, the band continued, making moves and putting things into motion [which Brockie would have wanted – the show must go on, as they say] and were left with a final, but obvious situation: finding a new front-person. As cliche as it sounds – how could they find someone as intense as Dave? He was extremely well liked, and it would be hard to find someone to replace him that would be accepted as a GWAR member. Well, it seems like after 30 years of playing offensive, shocking music; the band has made what some may see as their most shocking move yet – They found their ‘front person’, and she is in charge.

Introducing VULVATRON: GWAR‘s first lead woman. She’s nobody’s girlfriend, or groupie or background dancer; Vulvatron is in charge. She may be new to the band, but she’s already claiming to be a monster instead of a princess, which makes us realize [especially thanks to her outfit] that she can be as grotesque as her band-mates. Vulvatron is played by a woman named Kim Dylla, an accomplished clothing designer and musician in her own way, and her new status as high priestess of GWAR is going to make some noise. especially in the metal community.

If we could go back to Dave Brockie for a minute or two, he was also in the Ariescope show Holliston, playing Adam Green‘s imaginary friend. Oderus Urungus was also a friend of Green‘s offstage, and as a memorable tribute, Ariescope actually made a tribute video of Brockie [using clips from the show]. See the tribute video [as made by Ariescope] below:

as a metal fan, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I miss you Oderus Urungus, you had a huge impact on many people – including myself. I don’t know where you are, or how you’re doing – but if you’ve made it back to your alien planet of Scumdogia, I hope you’re doing well slaying all the monsters to your heart’s content. [RIP]

and welcome Vulvatron, may you charge forward as new leader of this sick circus known to the world as GWAR. HAIL VULVATRON

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film study: how important is the soundtrack in a film??

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Imagine you’re watching a really creepy film [for the first time] in the dark, and you know the villain is creeping around every dark corner. The tension is obviously high already but then you start hearing screeching violins as the villain is finally shown in the light, looking right at you. How would you feel by this point? nervous? Would your heart be racing at a million beats per minute? good. then it accomplished what it was supposed to — personally, I’d blame the violins for the heart racing.


For as long as I’ve watched movies, [so about 22 years] the ones that made me feel uneasy either had extremely tensing music as part of the film or even NO sound at all, [I’m looking at you, HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2!] especially at the climax of the film[s].

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Imagine watching any of the films above, but without their soundtrack; would the effect/delivery of the movie be the same? I can’t even imagine the film Drive with no music – the movie would be still good.. but it wouldn’t feel like it’s suppose to. But what are the actual fundamentals of music in film? Let’s look into it, starting below.

the Music/Soundtrack in the film is usually there to tell the viewer how they should be feeling and what emotions they should be experiencing: it adds scale and can actually dramatize events, making events more captivating. Here’s an example — a character, who usually ends up being important dies. what happens next? sad, melodramatic music begins to play in the background. Without the melodramatic background music playing, the character’s death doesn’t seem as significant as it should. In that moment, you feel sad/upset that the character has died, because you actually empathize with the people in the movie who cared for the now lost individual.

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and now I have ‘My Heart Will Go On‘ in my head..fuck.

Now let’s look at the opposite side to that, the one I suggested at the start of this post [and let’s face it: the one I probably know more about] – the importance of music/soundtracks in horror film! The thing about horror films is they are all becoming similar: whether it’s plot, death scenes, [granted, you can only get so creative now a days?] etc. However, the soundtrack in these films still have an impact on the viewer — look at PSYCHO, the infamous shower scene with the screeching violins: that scene was supposed to silent originally.. would it have worked so well? maybe, but the violins gave it character and made it feel more real. Or even in JAWS, when the shark is silently pacing through the water; when that famous 2-toned tune [which I know you’re humming now] starts playing at a faster speed — you just know the people in the water are fucked.

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we’re gonna need some new legs over here, Cap!

At the end of the day, I’ve come to realize that music in films is important. Without it, the film may feel less significant or even – less scary. When I think about it, this may be why my parents didn’t find PARANORMAL ACTIVITY scary at all – being as they’re deaf – they couldn’t hear the creepy sound effects or ‘experience’ the jump scares, while everyone else in the theater had mini heart attacks!!

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