Motograter is an American nu metal band formed in 1995. They are best known for their homemade instrument, the "Motograter", designed with industrial cable and guitar pieces that creates a unique bass sound, and painting themselves in a tribal style body paint for live concerts.
Under the band’s original line-up, they released two EPs, Hugh Chardon and Indy. Original singer Zak Ward switched to keyboards and samples in 2002 (while sometimes still providing additional vocals both live and in studio) and was replaced by Ivan "Ghost" Moody which led to the release of their first studio album Motograter in 2003. The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2005, disbanded after playing a one-time reunion show in 2006, and then reformed with a new line-up in 2008, featuring singer Michael "Angel" Woodruff. They released the EP Pre-Release in 2009, and toured until the band’s second split up in 2011. The band reunited again in late 2013, performing at Slipknot’s Knotfest the next year. In December 2014, Woodruff left Motograter, replacing him with James Anthony Legion in early 2015. Motograter began recording of their sophomore album Desolation in January 2016 with Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino, Machine Head, Terror Universal) overseeing production, with a release date of August 11, 2017.