Vulvatron Joins Gwar As New Permanent Member

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Earlier this year GWAR lost their last founding member and frontman, Dave Brockie (Orderus Urungus), when he unexpectedly passed away. The future of the band has been up in the air since then, but the remaining members have promised to keep moving forward. That fact has now become obvious as the group has announced their new vocalist – Kim Dylla, aka Vulvatron. Yes, their new vocalist is a woman, and she will be the “co-frontperson” of the band. You can read a snippet of Wondering Sound‘s article regarding the announcement below the jump.

This is exciting news for the band, and is further proof that they are committed to staying together. A new vocalist will bring a whole new dynamic to their sound and performances, which should be a great reason for fans to welcome her with open arms.

Meet Vulvatron, a spiky purple Amazon whose massive (prosthetic) breasts occasionally shoot geysers of blood out onto her hapless audience. Vulvatron is not dancing, or breathing fire, or keeping the slaves in line (though one assumes she’ll be adept at all three). For the first time since the departure of dancer and backing singer Slymenstra Hymen (Danielle Stampe) in 2000, GWAR has a female member, and she’s the frontwoman.

To split hairs, she’s actually GWAR’s new co-frontperson, joining vocalist Blothar (Mike Bishop) whose Beefcake the Mighty character was introduced in 1988. But Vulvatron, who made her debut at the band’s recent Riot Fest gig in Chicago, marks a shift in the way GWAR female personnel have been presented onstage. Before, GWAR women like Amazina, Temptress, and to an extent Slymenstra were relegated to bit parts. Vulvatron commanded a central role, stepping away from her mic only long enough to battle her monstrous bandmates or spray the audience with goo. She’s played by Kim Dylla, an accomplished clothing designer and musician in her own right, and her appointment as the new high priestess of GWAR is going to make some waves.

Why is it so important that one of the biggest bands in metal has just added a female member to its ranks to replace one of metal’s biggest personalities? How could it not be? It’s no secret that metal’s demographics still skew heavily towards straight white cis men, but this decade has marked a definite shift; audiences are diversifying. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there’s a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she’s just as gross and goofy as her male bandmates, whether she’s slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with the aforementioned boob-blood (a move which, as a bit of trivia, references Slymenstra’s past crotch-spewing exploits).

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