Gwar is a shock rock band founded in Richmond, Virginia, in the year 1984. The Gwar is best known for its elaborate sci-fi/horror film influenced costumes, raunchy obscene lyrics, and graphic stage appearances which consist of humorous re-enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
Originally, the group's musical style was more made of short, simple songs, which would develop over the years into heavily hardcore influenced crossover thrash, with Gwar's musical experimentation becoming present in ‘Scumdogs of the Universe’, ‘America Must Be Destroyed’ and ‘This Toilet Earth’.
Soon this experimental sound would partially eclipse their heavy metal style and Gwar would become a chaotic blend of types that would be most noticeable on Ragnarok and Carnival of Chaos (the latter showcasing the most variety in musical styles of any point in Gwar's professional career). 1999's We Kill Everything would present an unusual sound, but based largely on Gwar's ‘Hell-O’ time sound, resulting in an album that the band dismisses as their most horrible. Indeed, the band's rejection of We Kill Everything would drive them to return to their thrash metal sound with ‘Violence Has Arrived’, which would soon evolve into a more technical form of thrash, present in War Party , Beyond Hell, and now Lust in Space.