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Rigor Mortis

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Formed: 1982
From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Rigor Mortis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ozzfest 2008 Deemed A Success By Organizers

Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.

Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."

In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.

Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Ozzfest 2008 Set Times Announced

The single-day Ozzfest 2008 destination event is fast approaching. The festival will be held this Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas. The set times have been released and are as follows (listed mostly in reverse order):

Main Stage:
Metallica 9:45 - 11:15 pm
Ozzy Osbourne 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Serj Tankian 6:45 - 7:45 pm
HellYeah/Dime tribute 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Johnathan Davis 4:25 - 5:15 pm
Cavalera Conspiracy 3:35 - 4:15 pm
Shadows Fall 2:50 - 3:25 pm
Apocalyptica 2:10 - 2:40 pm
In This Moment 1:30 - 2:00 pm

Second Stage:
Sevendust 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Devildriver 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kingdom of Sorrow 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Soilent Green 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Witchcraft 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Goatwhore 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Third Stage:
The Sword 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Drowning Pool 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Rigor Mortis 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Within Chaos 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Destro 12:00 - 12:30 pm
1st place battle of bands 11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd place battle of bands 10:30 - 10:40 am

Doors open at 10:00 am.

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"Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth" Digipak Planned

Metal Mind Productions has announced details of the forthcoming Rigor Mortis deluxe digipak remaster release.

According to the press release: Combining thrash with hardcore and punk influences, Rigor Mortis remains one of the most prominent representatives of the crossover genre. Their third and so far final album, "Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth" is a prime example of shredding guitars, light-speed drumming and angry vocals all mixed up in one devastating thrash/punk assault. The first thing that catches the listener's attention is the flawless production, a few steps ahead of the one heard in the debut. The album is also much more varied than the previous offerings – Rigor Mortis finally surfaced their punk influences, with tracks such as "Throwback," "The Rack" or "SOG" being the best examples, next to the surprising cover version of The Ramones' song "Psychotherapy." The band, however, didn't forget about their thrash origin – songs such as the outstanding "Mummified," "Asphyxia," "Contagious Contamination" or "City in Fear" deliver a heavy blow that will be instantly loved by any heavy music enthusiast. What is interesting, the vocal duties are split between Doyle Bright, who sings all the thrash metal tunes and Casey Orr, who takes up most of the punk-oriented tracks. Despite what the given song is, however, all lyrics are concentrated on the same themes of violence, mayhem and intestines – just as on all of Rigor Mortis' past releases.

The remastered version of "Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth" will be available in a new digipak edition limited to 2000 numerated copies. The release date is scheduled for August 18, 2008 in Europe and September 30, 2008 in the USA (via MVD).

Here is Rigor Mortis' "Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth" reissue tracklisting: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Ozzfest 2008

As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.

Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.

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Ozzfest 2008 Confirmed As One-Day Event

OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).

Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.

The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.

“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."

This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.

“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."

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Dallas Ozzfest To Feature Metallica and Ozzy

Blabbermouth.net is reporting that this summer's Ozzfest will consist of two separate two-day (Saturday/Sunday) events — one of which will be held in Dallas — in late July/early August, with OZZY OSBOURNE headlining one day and METALLICA the other.

Reactivated Texas thrash/speed metallers RIGOR MORTIS have now announced via their MySpace page that they are confirmed for Ozzfest 2008 in Dallas on Saturday, August 9. METALLICA will apparently close out the show this night.

RIGOR MORTIS will perform with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, BLOHOLE), Casey Orr (GWAR, MITRA, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, BLOHOLE), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

The Ozzfest reports come in the wake of this year's arrival of the metal-oriented Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which will play 30 North American amphitheaters during July and August, the time when Ozzfest is traditionally making its rounds.

Last year's Ozzfest offered free admission, with fans acquiring tickets mostly through sponsoring web sites. But the acts were not paid either, which resulted in a decidedly less than impressive main stage lineup. The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour trek has already robbed Ozzfest of two potential main-stage heavyweights in DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, with fan favorites DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON also taking part in the Mayhem tour.

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Hallows Eve Nearly Complete with New Album

Bassist Tommy Stewart of HALLOWS EVE has sent Voices From The Darkside the following update: "We are almost done with the next Hallows Eve album. It features original lead vocalist Stacy Andersen and is produced by Doyle Bright of RIGOR MORTIS. It is a conscious effort to achieve the feel and sound of Tales Of Terror and Death And Insanity."

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Watch Philip Anselmo Perform With Rigor Mortis

Fan-filmed video footage of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) joining reactivated Texas thrashers RIGOR MORTIS for the song "Re-Animator" on December 14, 2007 at Vino's in Little Rock, Arkansas can be viewed here.

RIGOR MORTIS performed with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (MITRA, GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Anselmo on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — supported RIGOR MORTIS for three shows (including the Little Rock concert) earlier in the month. More...

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Rigor Mortis Announce Live Dates

Texas death metal pioneers RIGOR MORTIS have announced they will be performing three select live dates with their original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (vocals), Mike Scaccia (guitar), Casey Orr (bass/vocals) and Harden Harrison (drums). Joining the band will be ARSON ANTHEM, the new hardcore/punk band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA - guitar), Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD - vocals), Hank Williams III (Superjoint Ritual - drums) and Collin Yeo (bass).

Dates are as follows:

December
13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

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Rigor Mortis Announce Texas Dates

The original RIGOR MORTIS lineup of Bruce Corbitt, Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA), has scheduled the following dates:

Aug. 24 - The Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
Aug. 25 - 710 Club – Austin, TX

RIGOR MORTIS originally formed in 1983 when schoolmates Harden Harrison and Casey Orr met Mike Scaccia. The three shared a love for horror/gore flicks and extremely heavy music, and that recipe helped them create a truly unique form of speed metal that had never been heard before. Within five years they had virtually created the thrash metal scene in Texas and landed a major label deal. In 1988, with Bruce Corbitt on vocals, RIGOR MORTIS released its self-titled debut album on Capitol Records.

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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Rigor Mortis Announces Texas Dates

The original RIGOR MORTIS lineup of Bruce Corbitt, Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA), has scheduled the following dates:

Aug. 24 - The Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
Aug. 25 - 710 Club – Austin, TX

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Ex Hallows Eve, Rigor Mortis Members Join Forces

Ex-HALLOWS EVE vocalist Stacy Andersen and former RIGOR MORTIS frontman Doyle Bright have joined forces in a new Atlanta, Georgia-based project called TWO PRONGED CROWN. The post-hardcore/metal band is currently writing and recording material for its upcoming debut album.

TWO PRONGED CROWN lineup:

Stacy Andersen (HALLOWS EVE, Metalmorphosis, BIG TWIN DIN) - Vocals, Guitar
Doyle Bright (RIGOR MORTIS, ILK, THE CHAOS FOUNDATION) - Vocals, Guitar
Jimmy Gorman (DISTEMPER, ILK, THE CHAOS FOUNDATION) - Vocals, Bass
Mike Rollings (METALMORPHOSIS, BIG TWIN DIN, JARBOE) - Drums
Mink (ILK, MINK.ORG) - Buttons, Programs
Chris Abbamonte (DISTEMPER, ILK) – Guitar

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/twoprongedcrown.

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Rigor Mortis To Perform With 'Godfather Of Gore'

Director Herschell Gordon Lewis, who is widely credited with inventing the slasher horror film in the early 1960s with the release of his film "Blood Feast" in 1963, will join reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS live on stage at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in early February. "We are, of course, honored to have the chance to dedicate our song 'Wizard of Gore' to the man that made the movie with the same name that inspired our song," the band write in a statement. "But, now the 'Godfather of Gore' himself is going to get on stage and sing with RIGOR MORTIS."

The Texas Frightmare Weekend is the largest horror convention in Texas with guest celebrities, film screenings, panel discussions, and more. The event will be held at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX on February 4-5.

The original RIGOR MORTIS lineup of Bruce Corbitt, Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA) will launch a 20th anniversary tour later in the month. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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Rigor Mortis Announce More Tour Dates

The original RIGOR MORTIS lineup of Bruce Corbitt, Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA) have lined up the following tour dates:

Oct. 27 - College Station, TX - Time's Square
Oct. 28 - Houston, TX - Forgettabout It's
Oct. 29 - Ft Worth, TX - Axis
Oct. 31 - Fayetteville, AR - The Dart Room
Nov. 01 - St. Louis - TBA
Nov. 02 - Des Moines, IA - Hairy Mary's
Nov. 03 - Cincinatti, OH - Sudsy Malone's
Nov. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Northsix
Nov. 05 - Quincy, MA - Deedee's Lounge
Nov. 06 - Wilmington, SC -Soapbox Lounge
Nov. 07 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Nov. 08 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn

The upcoming dates mark RIGOR MORTIS' first shows together in 15 years. Plans exist for the "Re-Animate" tour to continue after the first of the year, followed by a new album.

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Ex-Rigor Mortis Frontman Diagnosed w/ Brain Tumor

Former RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Doyle Bright (photo) (1989's "Freaks" EP and 1991's "Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth") sent Blabbermouth the following message:

"I have been diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. The medication used to try and shrink it has driven my testosterone level to over 1000+... normal is around 500 (anybody wanna form a 'Fight Club'?).

"The rumor mill is churning since the RIGOR MORTIS reunion tour has started, so I wanted to let you guys know the story.

"It is treatable, and 99% chance benign! The tumor was discovered after an MRI in prep for repairing my so-many-times broken nose. Those damn rowdy fans!

"The doctors are trying to shrink it with meds, but it may have to be removed after December 3rd if this round produces no results. They mentioned a miter saw & ice pick combo... or maybe even sending a tiny atom bomb in there to explode it. The specialists have determined that only I could take such a thing ;)

"I've been invited by my bros in RIGOR MORTIS to sing a few songs (about warm cuddly stuffed animals, and teddy bears) with them in Atlanta on November 8th. And I will be doing so.

"After I kick the brain tumor's ass, my band 2PRONGEDCROWN will be active in 2006.

"People can reach me at: db@2prongedcrown.com, or find me on MySpace.com.

"Extremely high testosterone level + Xanax + violent music... I am the perfect storm... and I will return!"

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Thrashtoberfest 2005 To Feature Rigor Mortis

SMNnews.com will be presenting this year's Thrashtoberfest 2005, set to take place at North Six in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, on November 4th. The line-up will feature RIGOR MORTIS, featuring members of MINISTRY and GWAR, Virginian thrashers DECEASED, as well as the first New York appearance by Canada's THINE EYES BLEED, featuring the younger brother of SLAYER frontman Tom Araya, Johnny Araya. SUN DESCENDS, DIMENTIANON and SUNLORD will also be playing the show. Tickets are $15 and doors are 6:30 PM.

The official flyer for the show can be seen here.

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Rigor Mortis Announce First Shows In 15 Years

RIGOR MORTIS have announced their first shows together in 15 years. The band will head out as part of the "Re-Animate Tour" which will include a number of dates throughout Texas and performances in Arkansas, and New York. More shows are expected to be announced for St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Worcester, Richmond, Spartanburg, and Atlanta. The band's lineup is as follows:

Bruce Corbitt
Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS)
Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS)
Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA)

There are also tentative plans for the band continue touring after the first of the year, which would then be followed by a new album.

Dates are as follows for the "Re-Animate Tour":

October 21 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
October 22 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
October 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Jacks
October 24 - San Marcos, TX @ Lucy's
October 28 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
October 29 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Axis
October 31 - Fayetteville, AK @ The Dart Room
November 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
February 4-5 - Grapevine, TX @ Grapevine Convention Center

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