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Mixing Completed on New Rigor Mortis Album, "Slaves To The Grave"

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Dallas, Texas based producer/engineer/mixer Kerry Crafton has finished mixing the long awaited fourth and final release from the legendary Texas thrash metal band Rigor Mortis. The CD was recorded at 13th Planet Studio in El Paso Texas in February 2012. Mike Scaccia and Rigor Mortis produced the sessions and Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen and Angie Jourgensen are the executive producers. Completion of the CD was delayed while guitarist Mike Scaccia was on a European tour with the band Ministry and then by Scaccia’s sudden passing.

Scaccia brought the tracks back to Dallas to be mixed by longtime friend Kerry Crafton. Crafton engineered the first Rigor Mortis album “Rigor Mortis” for Capitol Records in 1988. Crafton was the producer/engineer/mixer on the 3rd Rigor Mortis Release for Triple X Records “Rigor Mortis vs The Earth.” He now closes out the Rigor Mortis legacy by mixing the final Rigor Mortis CD “Slaves To The Grave.”

Mixing began in December and Crafton and Scaccia had only one day together to begin the mixing process before the tragic onstage passing of Scaccia at the Rail Club in Ft Worth while playing with Rigor Mortis.

Kerry Crafton commented: “After Mikey died, it was very hard to open up the session and get back to mixing. I expected to have my buddy Mike with me as I did all the mixes. Instead, we had just one day together to set up basic tones and for him to explain what was what. It was a couple of weeks before I was able to begin again. When I got back to it, I found it both heartbreaking and cathartic. Though Mike was gone physically, I still was blessed with his musical presence every day as I mixed on through the tears. Mixing sessions with the band were good group therapy. This record is amazing. Mike, Bruce Corbitt, Harden Harrison and Casey Orr all performed brilliantly in the recording of this album and I believe they all did the best work of their lives. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to mix this project for such a great group of musicians and friends. The depth and breadth of the material is really awesome. This will, obviously, be the last project from Rigor Mortis, but it is a great final musical statement.”

The CD is currently being shopped to several interested labels and a release is expected this Summer.

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1. Cynic writes:

So good to hear that this is going to be released, Scaccia died on stage doing what he loved and a new album is the best tribute there could be.

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2. Borntomosh writes:

Scaccia's passing was devastating. I'll basically be viewing this album as his "swan song", and I couldn't be more excited to hear it.

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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

Looking forward to this one.

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4. shel gordon writes:

not really a fan of this project/ band but because scaccia passed i'll check it out.

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5. matt d writes:

good to see

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6. devinney writes:

this band carrying on after Mikeys passing Im sure this one will sound good even if quite effected

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