GWAR Guitarist Pustulus Maximus Announces Departure From Band, Releases Statement

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After 11 years of rocking out with Richmond, Virginia intergalactic heavy metal thrashers GWAR, guitarist Pustulus Maximus has announced that he’s leaving the band.

Brent Purgason (Pustulus Maximus’ legal and human name) first joined GWAR in 2012, making his studio debut with the band on their 13th album, titled Battle Maximus.

From there, Purgason would go on to contribute to two more GWAR albums, one of which is the band’s latest studio effort, 2022’s The New Dark Ages.

In a statement he has shared on his Instagram account, Purgason says his departure from the alien metal act is on good terms. He also notes that, to some degree, he will still be assisting with some behind-the-scenes aspects of GWAR.

Purgason’s role as Pustulus Maximus not only brought more chaotic charm to the band, but his incredible guitar skills helped to further elevate GWAR’s astonishing blend of exhilarating heaviness.

We wish Purgason all the best in his future endeavors. Below you can read the entirety of his statement.

In other GWAR-related news, we recently highlighted them as one of the greatest masked bands of all time.

Pustulus Maximus’ statement on exiting GWAR

“11 years ago I had the privilege of joining the greatest shock rock and roll band in the world. Today, I announce my departure from it.

Playing and performing as PUSTULUS MAXIMUS has been quite the experience and I’ll be forever grateful for it. I want to extend my utmost appreciation for all the support given to me by the fans over the years. They have been kind, generous and enthusiastic for the band and my character throughout my tenure and I couldn’t ask to ever perform in front of a greater group of people. It has been an honor to spill blood on you.

GWAR will continue to have my support. I am leaving on good terms and will still be around to help out some behind the scenes. To what degree, I don’t know yet but our creative lives are still very much tied together. For the fans, I hope you continue to show your love and enthusiasm for the band as I’m sure the future will be filled with more blood and gore.

Leaving brings back many memories over the years and the main one that comes to mind is getting the call from Dave Brockie while driving home down Lakeside Avenue. He was screaming through the phone, ‘Dude! You’re in the band!’. It was a great moment to have and It breaks my heart that no one else will ever get that call again. It’s a reminder that this was a very different band when I joined and I was a very different person. People grow and priorities change.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the members of GWAR that invited me in, not only to perform but to become an owner of the band, a friend, and a brother. I am happy I was able to share many stages with you all across the world and have been supported by the hardest working crew in the industry.

There are many things I could say and reflect on but I will conclude this statement and leave you with a passage from a song, A Farewell to Kings by Rush.

When they turn the pages of history
When these days have passed long ago
Will they read of us with sadness
For the seeds that we let grow?
We turned our gaze
From the castles in the distance
Eyes cast down
On the path of least resistance

Brent Purgason”




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