Band Photo: Rigor Mortis (?)
From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Rigor Mortis Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Rigor Mortis.
Bruce Corbitt jump-started the Texas thrash scene when he joined Rigor Mortis in 1986. The group recorded a series of demos and singles that would later comprise the material for the band’s 1988 self-titled debut. Corbitt’s blood curdling screams and maniacal yelling recreated the macabre scenarios of gory, cult cinema such as “Wizard of Gore” and “Re-Animator.”
Along with Possessed, Rigor Mortis’ brand of ferocious speed and rotten lyrical imagery, captivated a budding death metal scene. Many regard them as the first death metal band to sign to a major label when Capital Records released their initial full-length. The Dallas/Ft. Worth band became a staple in the Texas metal scene and the group even released “Foaming at the Mouth” on the soundtrack for the Hulk Hogan film “Mr. Nanny.”
Rigor Mortis bowed out in the early ‘90s, and members pursued other musical paths. Bassist Casey Orr played, and still plays, in Gwar. Guitarist Mike Scaccia had a stint with Ministry. Rigor Mortis reformed in 2005 and has played numerous shows including a performance on the Texas Stage as part of the only date on Ozzfest 2008.
Not long after reforming Rigor Mortis, Corbitt began another thrash band, Warbeast. Originally called Texas Metal Alliance, Warbeast features members of Gammacide, another Dallas-area thrash band. The group signed to Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records and in 2010 released its debut recording “Krush the Enemy."
Corbitt is currently working on new material for each band and has an upcoming U.S. tour with German thrash icons Destruction. Metal Underground.com spoke to the candid Corbitt on the phone just a few days after an epic show with Exhorder in Austin, Texas. Read onward to find what this gore hound had to say. More...