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Exclusive Song Premiere: GWAR —"Battle Maximus"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Battle Maximus," a new song by GWAR.

The song is the title track from the band's new album, which was released today, September 17, by Metal Blade.

The track, which is 100 percent instrumental, puts the guitars at the forefront and features guest guitar solos from multiple members of the "Maximus Clan," including:

Mark Morton (Lamb of God) AKA Tyrone Der Teufel
Zach Blair (Rise Against) AKA Splattus Maximus
Todd Evans (former Gwar, Mobiled Death Camp) AKA Skookum Maximus
Ol' Drake (former Evile) AKA Twatticus Maximus

The band's 13th studio album is the first to feature new guitarist Brent Purgason, who portrays Pustulus Maximus (a new character), and new bassist Jamison Land as longtime character Beefcake the Mighty.

Battle Maximus was recorded over the last year at the band's own Slave Pit Studios and was mixed by Glen Robinson and mastered by Howie Weinberg. It is available for pre-order HERE and at iTunes. (opens in new tab)

For more about GWAR, visit their official website and Facebook page.

GWAR on Tour 2013
With Whitechapel, Iron Reagan and Band of Orcs

  • 10/2: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 10/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
  • 10/4: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
  • 10/7: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
  • 10/8: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
  • 10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
  • 10/11: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
  • 10/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
  • 10/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
  • 10/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
  • 10/15: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 10/16: Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
  • 10/17: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
  • 10/18: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
  • 10/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
  • 10/20: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
  • 10/22: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
  • 10/24: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
  • 10/26: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (Housecore Horror Film Fest)*
  • 10/28: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
  • 10/29: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
  • 10/30: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
  • 10/31: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
  • 11/1: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
  • 11/2: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
  • 11/3: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
  • 11/4: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
  • 11/5: Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
  • 11/7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
  • 11/8: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
  • 11/9: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
  • 11/10: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
  • 11/12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
  • 11/13: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
  • 11/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
  • 11/15: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 11/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
  • 11/17: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.