Balsac the Jaws of Death
Balsac circa 2009; Lust in Space.


Rhythm Guitar

First Appearance







Michael Derks; Chris Bopst; Steve Douglas (as Jaws of Death)


22 1⁄2 hands


12 tons fully dressed; 98lbs soaking wet


Wine tasting, home distilling, contemplating suicide

Not to be confused with BalSac (bassist) or Jaws of Death.

“I’m so very, very sorry.”
Balsac is the rhythm guitarist for GWAR, easily recognized by his distinctive bear-trap face.

Origin Edit

Balsac hails from the planet Ennui and is a member of the Scumdogs. According to GWAR lore, he writes songs by scratching his scrotum with his guitar. He invented venereal disease and has a bear trap for a face. His estimated age is pi X 10 to the millionth power.

Appearance Edit

Balsac is one the most easily-recognized members of GWAR, being the tallest member standing on two cloven-hoofed, goat-like legs. His distinct bear-trap face has a pair of horns and long, black dreadlocks (or a mohawk in some appearances) coming from the top. He dresses in a bat-wing speedo and a pair of large, spiked pauldrons.

Balsac's voice was originally a snooty British accent, but later became a more obnoxious American accent after Lust in Space.

Behind the Scenes Edit

In the original GWAR lineup, there were two separate characters named BalSac and the Jaws of Death. Jaws of Death is the character that would become Balsac the Jaws of Death; his costume was a crude version of today's Balsac. He was played by Death Piggy guitarist Steve Douglas, who departed shortly after recording Hell-O! and handing down the character to Mike Derks, who would combine the two previous characters to become Balsac the Jaws of Death.

Balsac has been featured as a vocalist in a few songs such as "Mary Anne" and "The Needle". He is also noted as being a prominent icon for GWAR--he has appeared on more covers than anyone else and appears on many merchandise items and logos.

Trivia Edit

  • Favorite celebrity: God
  • Claims to have written Kama Sutra II.
  • In a live performance in Autumn of 2015 Balsac told the rest of the band that everyone on his home planet masturbated to death.