Bruce Corbitt

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    October 1, 2014

    Rigor Mortis Salute Mike Scaccia with Slaves to the Grave

    It was three days before Christmas when guitarist Mike Scaccia took the stage for his final performance. He'd reunited with the original members of local metal legends Rigor Mortis earlier that year to record their first album in more than two decades, and tonight they were performing in celebration ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Most Enlightening Facts from the Texxas Jam 78 Documentary

    For any music fan that's lived in or around Dallas for at least a few years, stories (and probably grand exaggerations) of times had at one of the Texxas Jam Music Festivals in the late 1970s or early 1980's are commonplace at this point. The Texxas World Music Festival, which was held annually in t ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Phil Anselmo of Down: "It's Like a New Lease on Life"

    Phil Anselmo is known by many things in the metal community. He's been called "fucking brutal" when he takes the stage and the "Evel Kneivel" of heavy metal because of all his stage injuries. To some, he's a brother and a tough guy; to others, he's an asshole whom they'll only cross once. But one na ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Scott Shelby, Dallas' Last Metal Guitarist Standing

    In the DFW metalplex we've seen legendary guitarists meet an untimely end to their careers. Ten years ago, Dimebag Darrell Abbott of Pantera and Damage Plan was murdered by a deranged killer while playing a show in Ohio, and recently, Mike Scaccia of Ministry and Rigor Mortis died of heart attack wh ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Dallas Musicians' 8 Most Memorable Gigs: A Strip Club, and Art Museum and More

    Socrates once said, "Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated un ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Meet "Blue," the Young Fort Worth Drummer Who's Already a Metal Star

    Every aspiring metal band knows that if they want their band truly to soar into the major leagues of arena playing, they need a drummer. Not just any drummer, but one who can keep the rhythm of the song and also provide the guttural devastation that lends depth and power to the growling of the guita ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    The Six Best "Rivalries" in 25 Years of Dallas Observer Music Awards

    This year, we'll celebrate our 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards. Voting is open now, and the ceremony is on November 5 at House of Blues. Over the years, we've seen our fair share of bands appearing on the DOMA nominee list year after year. And, in a few notable cases, they found themselves in the ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The Nine Best DFW Metal Guitarists

    Ever since Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell broke on through to the other side, many Dallas metal fans have been longing for someone to step into the limelight and accept the legendary guitarslingers' mantels and inspire a whole new generation of headbangers. Never fear true believers (hey, didn't ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis Died With His Boots On: Echoes and Reverberations

    Safe to say that I was doing bong hits on the couch one afternoon back in 1987 when Michael Alago, the A&R rep from Elektra Records who discovered and signed Metallica, called me up out of the blue and asked what was happening with the music scene here in Dallas. Alago was based in New York City, an ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Warbeast - The Boiler Room - May 18, 2013

    Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, Devilfist and Demonseed are all the musical ingredients the supergroup Texas Metal Alliance needed to create Warbeast, a legendary Texas thrash metal super supergroup. Adding just a dash of "no bullshit metal onslaught" by local acts Protest and The Black Moriah, Warbeast se ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Dallas' Late Mike Scaccia Gets Inducted into Decibel's Hall of Fame, Talk Area History

    It's probably fair to suggest that we here at DC9 have been on a bit of a metal kick as of late. But who can blame us, for this? Recent shows from The Deftones, Graveyard and Testament, to go along with ear-busting discoveries and all kinds of Mastodon news has made many of our metal jeans get extra ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    Warbeast Split EPs, Skulls in 2013

    When Arlington thrashers Warbeast flew overseas to co-headline a tour with legendary Pantera/Down vocalist Phil Anselmo, the band's pulverizing riffs and grueling lyrics slew metal fans across Europe. A joint album seemed like another one of the devil's pipe dreams until the two entities announced t ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Rigor Mortis and Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dead at 47

    On December 23, thrash metal lost another legendary pioneer when Mike Scaccia, lead guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died shortly after collapsing during a performance at the Rail Club for Rigor Mortis/Warbeast frontman Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday celebration. Scaccia, who suffered from ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 DOMA Best Metal Nominees

    Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. Warbeast These old school thrash metalists - Bruc ... More >>

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    July 18, 2010

    What It Was Like: Warbeast, Bad Sports and Seryn at the DOMAXXII Showcase

    Mattie StaffordBruce Corbitt and the rest of Warbeast took things to 11 at Reno's.​WarbeastReno's 10 p.m.The back room of Reno's was well-attended as Warbeast ripped through an eight-song set that last 40 minutes. No, the room wasn't packed the entire time, but there were plenty of folks milling ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Warbeast -- "Stalker"

    Today is the release date for Krush The Enemy, the debut CD from a new thrash band featuring some old Dallas metal pros. In case you haven't read my review yet, Warbeast features singer Bruce Corbitt, best known from his days in the legendary Rigor Mortis, as well as Gammacide's Scott Shelby, Rick ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010


    Krush The Enemy (Housecore Records)

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    February 26, 2009
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    August 7, 2008

    The Ozz-Man Cometh

    After years of touring the nation, Ozzfest 2008 finds a home in Dallas' suburbs

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    July 17, 2008
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    October 20, 2005

    Back From the Dead

    Rigor Mortis were once "Condemned to Hell"--and irrelevance--but the Dallas metal legends have risen