Warbeast's CD Release Show for "Krush the Enemy" in Fort Worth, Texas
The musicians that make up thrash powerhouse Warbeast are no newcomers to the scene. Using years upon years of experience in creating extreme thrash in bands like Rigor Mortis and Gammacide, Warbeast has just released their debut album backed up 100% by Housecore Records and it’s owner Phil Anselmo, who joined the band on stage to show his support. At Warbeast’s CD release show in Fort Worth, Texas, last week, old fans of the musicians and curious youngsters just learning about the legendary thrash scene of Texas showed up to get their heads bashed in with damaging riffs and paralyzing growls from all of the bands on the bill. But most of all, just to get a peek at the supergroup that will soon dominate the thrash genre.
Turbid North opened the show. Vocalist Murder McCoy had great raspy growl vocals that went along with the heavy, crunchy guitars. The groove was as danceable as it was headbangable because Turbid North injects a psychedelic flavor into their music that’s sultry and sexy as well as dark and badass.
Blood Stain Carpet was a favorite of the younger people in attendance, and they moshed extra hard for this band. BSC’s brand of grind death metal is a favorite of Warbeast’s drummer Joe Gonzalez. Guitarists Bobby Vanover III and Franky Brown played very technical melodies and breakdowns with great dexterity. Vocalist Mud Mashburn demanded a circle pit as he growled songs like “Non Rigional Diction” and “Excuse Me.”
The awesome act before Warbeast took the stage was hard rock/metal Mitra. I became a fan immediately. I can only classify their strange sound as a psychobilly rock with extreme metal agression. It’s like listening to a runaway train tearing up the tracks and crashing into a roadhouse. Warbeast’s vocalist Bruce Corbitt is quite familiar with their drummer Harden Harrison, as they played together in Rigor Mortis. I really enjoyed “Will Kill for Free” and “Nasty Dogz” with the Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption”-esque opening. Their sound was grandiose and filled the theater magnificently.
Warbeast charged on stage sporting leather, spikes, and even a Batman t-shirt and launched right into their first song “Unleashed.” They performed furiously, and pumped the crowd full of energy with their exhilarating metal. Moshers crushed those watching the band intently against the stage until their pelvises cracked. Believe me, I was one of them. Rick Perry’s solo in “Born with a Blackened Heart” was incredible. Watching him shred was a sight to see. Some songs into the set, Warbeast’s labelhead and producer Phil Anselmo joined them on stage to talk about how excited he was to be able to have the DFW thrash band on his label. He joined in on vocals for “Krush the Enemy” and “Self Will Run Riot.” The instruments and Bruce’s vocals were so powerful, it was almost cd quality. Warbeast played every song off their awesome debut album “Krush the Enemy” and even finished their set with “Walking Plague” from Gammacide and “Reanimator” from Rigor Mortis for the encore, the awesome thrash bands that some members of Warbeast came from. The show was a big success for Warbeast and there will definitely be more to come.
For my first concert away from southern Louisiana, Warbeast showed me a great time in Texas. Watch out for their tour dates when they will come to your town and do the same to you.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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