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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
There's no doubt that many contributions made to musical projects outside of the North Texas region by artists living in this area often go unnoticed. From playing with acts such as GWAR (Casey Orr) to Ben Harper (Jordan Richardson and Justin Pate) to Murder by Death (Matt Armstrong), current and fo ... More >>
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 >>
See also: A not-so-vulgar discussion of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power Next Tuesday, Phil Anselmo comes back to Dallas with Down, to play a show that was originally planned for the Ridglea Theater, but has now moved to Trees. Anselmo talked about the first show he played, how he befriended fell ... More >>
Hugely influential on the local metal scene, Rigor Mortis' violent live performances throughout the mid-to-late-'80s are the stuff of legend. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was fired in 1989 and the band was never the same. Luckily, after a 20-year cooling off period, the original line-up has been playing r ... More >>
Patrick "Taz" Bentley, the powerful drummer behind Rev. Horton Heat, Burden Brothers, and Tenderloin, will be back in action this week with his latest band, 76. Since their sound owes a lot to the sonic messiah that is mid-'70s arena rock, it's no surprise to hear Bentley saw some of rock's heavywei ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Drue Mitchell has worked for 97.1 KEGL in promotions, as on-air jock at (old frequency) 94.5 KDGE and 89.7 KVRK, and now does television for a Christian music network in Los Angele ... More >>
After years of touring the nation, Ozzfest 2008 finds a home in Dallas' suburbs
Rigor Mortis were once "Condemned to Hell"--and irrelevance--but the Dallas metal legends have risen
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Dallas Observer Music Awards 2005
You voted. We counted. It's your favorite local acts, amplified.
Todd Lewis and Taz Bentley want to make it, sure. Mostly, they want to make it last.
The Burden Brothers want you to check out their packages
The Adventures of Jet sets the record straight
X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?