Vertigo Artist Profile: Balsac the Jaws of Death

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Balsac the Jaws of Death, the humanoid creature with a face resembling a bear-trap, usually portrayed wielding a giant battleaxe, is the rhythm guitarist in the American satirical heavy metal band GWAR.

Formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984, the band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes. In contrast to the other bandmates, Balsac speaks with a pretentious British accent until Lust in Space, where he speaks with an American accent during an argument with Oderus Urungus on the track "Where Is Zog?", though he also speaks without an accent during the argument in "Have You Seen Me" from The Road Behind EP.

The band was officially endorsed by Fernandes Guitars in 1997, when Beefcake The Mighty played Gravity basses, Flattus Maximus Dragonfly guitars and Balsac a Vertigo H-85.

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