Rigor Mortis (band)

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Rigor Mortis
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Origin Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, US
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Years active1983 (1983)–1991, 2005–2013
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Associated acts
Past membersDoyle Bright

Rigor Mortis was a thrash/speed metal band that formed in 1983 in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex. Two schoolmates, Harden Harrison (drums) and Casey Orr (bass), formed the band when they met Mike Scaccia (guitar). The three young men shared an interest in horror/gore films and very heavy music. With Bruce Corbitt on vocals, they created some of the heaviest thrash metal at the time often flirting with death metal. They were also one of the only major thrash bands from Texas and virtually created the underground metal scene there. The band was signed by Capitol Records in 1987.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Speed metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that originated in the late 1970s from new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) roots. It is described by AllMusic as "extremely fast, abrasive, and technically demanding" music.

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Metroplex in Texas, United States

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, encompasses 13 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. Residents of the area also refer to it as the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, DFW, or the Metroplex. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region of North Texas, and it is the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States.

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In 2005, the original lineup reunited and performed at Ozzfest 2008 in Texas. In 2009, Rigor Mortis played in Germany at the Keep It True Festival.

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Mike Scaccia also played guitar with industrial metal band Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, and others.

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Casey Orr also plays bass in the shock rock band Gwar, as the character Beefcake the Mighty. He also played bass for Dallas punk rock band The Hellions. He currently plays for Warbeast.

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Harden Harrison also plays drums with the metal bands Speedealer and Mitra.

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Bruce Corbitt also sang for the thrash metal band Warbeast (Formerly Texas Metal Alliance). The band was signed by Phil Anselmo's label Housecore Records and their debut album Krush The Enemy was released on April 27, 2010. Warbeast's next release was a split album with Philip Anselmo's solo material titled War Of The Gargantuas and was released on January 8, 2013. Warbeast's second full-length album Destroy was released in 2013. Their final album "Enter the Arena", was released on August 4th, 2017.

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Former Rigor Mortis vocalist/guitarist Doyle Bright also played guitar in the metal band Hallows Eve. He currently performs vocals and guitars in the band SOG.

Rigor Mortis is featured on the shirt of the creature on the Toxic Holocaust album Evil Never Dies from 2003.

On December 23, 2012, the band's guitarist Mike Scaccia died from a heart attack while performing onstage. [1] [2] [3]

On October 6, 2014, Rigor Mortis released their final album Slaves to the Grave, which had been recorded in February 2012 at Ministry's 13th Planet Studios in El Paso. With no label interested in the album, Rigor Mortis successfully crowdfunded the new album by raising $22,838 from fan pre-orders to self-release the final album. [4] [5]

After years of battling with cancer, Corbitt died on January 25, 2019 at the age of 56, making him the second member of Rigor Mortis (following Scaccia) to die. [6]

The remaining members perform Rigor Mortis music under the moniker Wizards of Gore in tribute to Mike Scaccia.

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  1. Prato, Greg (December 23, 2012). "Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Onstage Collapse". Rolling Stone . Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  2. Childers, Chad (December 23, 2012). "Ministry + Rigor Mortis Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies At 47 After Onstage Collapse". Loudwire . Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  3. Kielty, Martin (December 23, 2012). "Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia dead at 47". Classic Rock. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  4. "RIGOR MORTIS: 'Slaves To The Grave' Album Details Revealed". 14 July 2014.
  5. "Rigor Mortis New Album - SLAVES TO THE GRAVE". Indiegogo.
  6. "WARBEAST And RIGOR MORTIS Singer BRUCE CORBITT Dead At 56". Blabbermouth.net. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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