Mike Scaccia

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    November 24, 2014

    50 Reasons to Be Thankful for Dallas Music

    Well folks, welcome to the best week of the year. "Why's that?" you might ask. Because Thanksgiving is this Thursday and it's the best holiday of the year. (Just ask our resident Englishman about it.) It's one of the rare times of the year when we all get to slow down, however briefly, and contempla ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    Watch Wizards of Gore Officiate a Wedding on Halloween at Double Wide [VIDEO]

    It doesn't get much more metal than a costume party for a metal show at the Double Wide on Halloween night, does it? Well, how about if that metal band is Wizards of Gore, the new incarnation of local legends Rigor Mortis? Or what if there's also a wedding taking place during that concert? Best of a ... More >>

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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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    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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    January 22, 2014

    The Nine Best Guitar Repairmen in Dallas

    Every working guitarists knows that if he doesn't have a good guitar doctor, his dreams of being a master shredder who destroys the crowd with rakes from his pick as he slides it up the string are dead. From a broken headstock to a cracked neck, a guitar technician is a master of skills. He's an ele ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Kirby Warnock on His New Film and the Heyday of Dallas Rock

    Imagine a time in Dallas when Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, the Cars and Elvis Costello could all be found without sneaking past a team of security guards or purchasing a $200 VIP pass. It's a time when every major record label in Dallas not only pushed records like drug dealers, but also pimped their ar ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    True Widow Album Release Show with Naam, 8/7/13, at Club Dada: Review

    Just as the doors opened at Dada last night, True Widow bass player Nicole Estill pulled up in a pick-up truck with the band's drum kit in the back. This was a night for Texas music. The band, Dallas' latest band to hit it big after serious publicity from NPR and Pitchfork ahead of their new album o ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Behind the Scenes at Mayhem Fest with Scorpion Child

    It soars into the air, a sparkling baton for rock singers. It's chrome-plated shaft sears fingertips upon contact. It spins first, then tumbles while singer Ayrn Black of Scorpion Child dances and jams with the solos being played on a Flying V and a Les Paul. He doesn't need the microphone for anoth ... 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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    July 16, 2013

    Ministry's Al Jorgensen on Mike Scaccia, the Grays and Why He Wrote A (Terrifying) Memoir

    Don't spend too many late-night hours reading longtime Ministry leader Al Jourgensen's memoir. It's a dark, dark nightmare. Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen is harrowing tale of drugs, sex and, of course, rock-n-roll, inspired by the artist who influenced a generation of musical ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Top Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 13-19

    I know I say this every week, but Dallas REALLY DOES have a little something for everyone this week, including a local band's EP release, an underground hip-hop show, a gig from a country singer-songwriter, a national folk-pop duo, a metal and hardcore show, a gigantic '90s music concert and a Tom W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 2, 2013

    Jeff Liles Tells Stories From Dallas' Past and Looks to its Bright Creative Future

    There it is. Nestled in South Dallas, rescued by caring souls of our local arts. The beacon that is The Kessler. A majestic Texas juke joint, pampered with TLC and vision that only a handful of true music fans could bring. The Kessler (or rather, "The Kessler X " as our subject refers to it) is o ... 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

    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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    September 12, 2012

    Phil Anselmo On His First Gig: "I Was About Seven Octaves Out Of Key"

    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 >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Bruce Corbitt of Rigor Mortis: "One Day We're Getting Signed To Capitol Records And The Next I Am Getting Stabbed In The Back Five Times At A Show."

    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 >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Without You, I'm Nothing

    "Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Echoes And Reverberations: Hitchhiking Along Post-Industrial Boulevard

    Noise is not for everybody. Some people hear a jackhammer on the street corner and promptly cover their ears; others hear a subsonic melody and random harmonic movement in the staccato repetition of mechanized machinery. “Industrial music” is the umbrella term used to describe artists who e ... More >>

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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

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    July 15, 2004


    Houses of the Mole (Sanctuary)

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    December 12, 1996

    Burning down the house

    Pervis fires up their new CD