2013 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Canadian stalwarts Voivod. Not only will the band mark their 30th anniversary early in the new year, they will release their latest album, Target Earth, not long after that on Jan. 22. It will be their first studio album to feature “new” guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain – also of Montreal tech metallers Martyr – and cement the return of prodigal “blower” bassist Jean-Yves “Blacky” Thériault, who left Voivod after 1991′s Angel Rat.
Both have been performing with the band since 2008, when Voivod were asked to play their first shows after the death of guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who passed away following a brief battle with colon cancer in 2005. At the time, frontman Denis “Snake” Belanger and drummer Michel “Away” Langevin were unsure if the band would indeed carry on, but one thing led to another and five years later here they are. Along the way, Voivod issued Infini in 2009, with ex-Metallica bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted who helped relaunch the band in 2002, utilizing the last of the guitar parts Piggy had recorded prior to his death.
The last year or so has seen the pace pick up for Voivod, with the band curating the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands – at which they played two sets, one of which featured a performance of the Dimension Hatross album in its entirety – a headline tour of Europe last fall and a series of dates opening for Neurosis in the states, all while working on material for Target Earth. With the new album imminent, and a wish-list that includes a lot more touring as well as writing for another album in the year ahead, Voivod are looking to make the most of the opportunities that are still coming their way.
On the phone from Montreal, Langevin spoke about Voivod’s long, somewhat checkered, career, their ability to bounce back from incredible adversity and the road ahead for one of metal’s weirdest, but most inventive bands.
“Around for almost 30 years now, Germanys biggest thrash metal export, KREATOR, have proven to be a persistent, innovative and unstoppable force. And they have stepped it up another level for their return to the UK and Ireland.
Three years have passed since KREATOR headlined in the UK, so we are extremely stoked to announce the thrash-titans return in April 2013, bringing their ‘PHANTOM ANTICHRIST’ tour to the UK and IRE.
Mille Petrozza (Vocalist/Guitarist) comments;
“Finally we are coming back to play 3 selected shows for our loyal fans in the UK! We will bring our 3D tour production to give you the full KREATOR treatment. Support acts will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned. Also, we are looking forward to play for all our Irish fans again, it has been quite a while. Our promise to you is a TOTAL MASSACRE!”
After an extensive European trek in support of their latest, critically-acclaimed, record, ‘Phantom Antichrist’, this awesome 3D stage-show is an experience that UK and Irish fans should be prepared for… this isn’t a normal show, this should come with a warning sticker!!
Check out their latest video for ‘Civilisation Collapse’ for a taster:
THRAW, the Slovenian thrash metal machine released the first single from their upcoming full-length album scheduled for release in 2013 on Metal Tank Records. The song entitled “Doomsday Code” can be heard exclusively by visiting ROAD RAYGE (link: bit.ly/TpA3pO) or on Metal Tank Record’s official SoundCloud profile at https://soundcloud.com/metaltank/thrawdoomsdaymaster3mp3
Bassist Casey Orr (MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS, GWAR) has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of MINISTRY and RIGOR MORTIS guitarist Mike Scaccia:
“How do I say goodbye to Mike Scaccia? How do I say goodbye to my best friend, my bandmate, my songwriting partner, my mentor, and yes, sometimes my tormentor? How do I say goodbye to such a unique and amazing talent, taken away from us far too soon? How do I say goodbye to someone I loved and admired, who enlightened me and inspired me, and made me believe that anything was possible? How do I say goodbye to my brother? How do I say goodbye to someone like Mike Scaccia?
“I can’t. I won’t. I don’t have to.
“Mike Scaccia will live forever.
“Mike Scaccia lives on through his wonderful children and his beautiful wife, Jenny. He lives on through his family who were always his biggest cheerleaders. He lives on through his bandmates and all the musicians that had the honor of working with him over the years. Those of us who got to experience the full range of his musical capabilities. We, fortunate few, who knew, who REALLY knew, just how truly gifted he was. He lives on through his friends and his fans, and he will live on through the next generation of guitar players who will no doubt discover and be inspired by him and continue to push the boundaries of the instrument that he loved so much. He will live on through each and every one of us that he touched, because he was much more than just a brilliant guitar player. More than the just the coolest motherfucker I ever knew. He was a genuinely good guy. He had a way of making anyone feel like an old friend. He was accessible and would talk to anyone who wanted to talk. Especially if the subject was guitars. We hear story after story from people who met him for the first time after a guitar clinic, saying the same thing: ‘Mike talked to me for 45 minutes after his clinic, talked to me like he knew me, suggested records to listen to or guitar players to study, gave me a fresh pack of strings and told me to go home and practice my ass off.’ He was just a cool dude! And he didn’t have a big ego. He wasn’t a competitive guitar player. He wasn’t out to be the best. Never claimed to be. He just loved the guitar and the guitar loved him right back. He wasn’t flashy. He didn’t showboat. But he didn’t have to. His abilities were the flash and his hands were the show. You could always tell who the guitar players were in the audience, because they were all standing in front of Mike with their jaws on the floor and their eyes glued to his hands. It truly was just that amazing to behold!
“Of course, Mike wasn’t perfect. None of us are. He traveled some dark roads in the past and he went through some dark times. But he never gave up on himself and he came back into the light and continued his journey, wiser and more humble for his experience. He fought his demons and he won. And for the last decade or so, he steadily hiked back up the mountain, concentrating on his family, and really enjoying his work and all of the people he worked with.
“And, most definitely, Mike Scaccia will live on through his music. He left behind some classic records as well as a whole lot of unreleased stuff. Not filler to be included to stretch out some best-of package, but albums worth of incredible music, that I, as a fan, sincerely look forward to being released someday, so the world can finally see the depth of his talent and enjoy the beautiful music he created.
“I am honored to be able to say that I have been Mike Scaccia’s bass player for 30 years. Privileged to get to watch him play the things very few people ever got to see. The little riffs and things he would play at practice or just warming up. STONES, Johnny Cash, DEVO, cartoon songs, ‘Jessie’s Girl’, just whatever. He had a rare gift, in that any tune he could conjure in his head, he could instantly translate to his hands and guitar. No searching for key or the notes. It was effortless. Instinctive. Freakish. It was awesome!
“And I am honored to be able to say that I have been Mike Scaccia’s friend for 30 years. Privileged to share all the things that life throws at you. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. We laughed a lot.
“We had our own language that only a band of brothers could understand. A weird, movie reference twin-speak that would drive our wives or girlfriends crazy, because they had no idea what we were saying or why we were laughing like idiots.
“It’s really hard to say goodbye to Mike Scaccia. It hurts deeply. It’s such an enormous loss to all of us and to the world. Such a tragic and shocking and unexpected passing of a man who was already a living legend. And we’re all so very very sad. We will continue to shed tears for our loss for some time to come, and I for one will not apologize for a single one.
“We lost one of the greats. An unpretentious rock star. An incredible and one-of-a-kind talent. One of, if not the, greatest rock and roll guitar player of our time. And I say that without reservation or hesitation.
“On December 22, 2012, Mike Scaccia died. But he died doing what he loved. He died with his boots on and with his current favorite Les Paul in his hands. He died onstage, playing with his brothers, the guys he started his career with, playing to his hometown crowd, surrounded by the people who loved him most and who he loved. He died with happiness in his life. He died playing the guitar. How rock and roll is that?
“So, yeah, I can’t say goodbye to Mike Scaccia. I’ll just say ‘so long,’ you beautiful motherfucker. We’ll meet again one day on the other side and you can show me that new riff you’re working on.
“I love you, Mike.”
MINISTRY/RIGOR MORTIS Guitarist Michael “Mike” Scaccia
Our yearly poll for the best albums of the year. Check out the staff lists for each persons picks plus their selected for such categories as best DVD/Blu-Ray of the year, best metal book of the year, best new book, disappointments of 2011, greatest hopes for 2012, etc.
Metal-Rules.com Best of 2005 – Check out our overall top 30 derived from each staff member’s top 20 of the year. Within each staff members list is their best DVD of 2005, best new band, greatest hopes for 2006, and of course their disappointments for 2005.
Metal-Rules.com Best of 2004 – Another year and another load of “best of” lists are making their way online and into the zines. This year we’ve went with an overall top 35 list. As well you can view each staff writer’s top 20, best new band, DVD, disappointments of 2004, and greatest hopes for 2005.
Metal-Rules.com Best of 2003 – Check out what we choose as the Top 50 heavy metal albums for 2003. You can also view each staff member’s top 20 lists, selections for best DVD of the year, best new band, etc.
Top 50 Glam Metal Albums – Glam metal, hair metal, cock rock, pop metal, guilty pleasures(?)….call it what you will, here are the albums that we have collectively chosen as the top 50 glam metal albums.
Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums – Death metal, black metal, extreme thrash….lets have a look at what makes up our top 50 extreme metal albums.
The Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums – Is such a list possible? It was hard to narrow it down, but we’ve done it. It may not be perfect, but it’s loaded with a lot of EXCELLENT metal albums!!
The Invisible Orange, in partnership with Congregate Events, presents this unique evening of eclectic extreme music. Co-headlined by Swedish black metal legends Marduk and Portuguese veterans Moonspell this is neither a package any harsh metal enthusiast should miss, nor one that Vancouver may again see the likes of.
With the bill rounded off by Colombian Satanic assault of Inquisition, the brooding melodies of The Foreshadowing (from Italy) and the merciless speed of Death Wolf (featuring members of Marduk) this promises to be an evening you can’t afford to miss.
Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings Street)
March 5, 2013 at 6:00pm
Tickets $30 advance / $35 at the door
On sale at Scrape Records and Ticketweb.ca
All good things must come to pass, so the next and last KAOS Show will be held on Friday, January 18th 2013 at the world famous Slim’s in San Francisco, CA.With our good friends Potential Threat, Mystic Rage and opening the show Star Destroyer.
It has been an awesome ride spanning 25 years, playing with tons of kool bands, meeting a lot of great people, seeing the world, and TONS of support from family, friends, and all the rest. But now it is time to take a step back and let KAOS be…for no other reason except, it just feels right.
We cannot thank you all enough for the years of support and long hours of work, sacrifice, endless time and efforts that have been given to the KAOS engine.
First we would like to thank and give our deepest respect to the guys who have been a part of this metal family over the years. Joe Loescher, Jay Figueroa, Tom Lettier, Josh Valdez, Sean Boyles, Burton Ortega, Keven Gorski Albert the 3rd, and Paul Cowan, your contributions and music is forever carved in our name. And to James Humphrey, Shane Larson, and Shane O’Brien for filling in the gaps on our journey.
We can never forget those who worked on the inside and who devoted their time and effort. Michelle Murray for her dedication, love, countless hours promoting, managing and keeping us glued together. Nathan McLeod and Malevolence Records for believing in us and simply being a fan of what we have done. Melissa with Warped Records, Mario Perotti with Powerslave.com, Tambre Bryant/Relentless Metal Records for opening the door to Europe, and Beth Risner for being there in the beginning of it all.
There have been some folks that have influenced, helped, believed and really made a difference for us and everyone involved along the way. Phil Demmel, Sean Killian, Rob Flynn, Joey Huston, Walter Morgan, Pascal Boland, Carl Fuli, Eric Mogridge of Epidemic and the boyz, Chris Collins, Tim and Brian Rodriguez , Jamie Jacoby,Louise and John Wilson,Jose Leite, Bruce Corley and family, Pete and Mystic Rage/Bands4Bands, Jimmy Arceneaux and the Stone/Omni Crew, Benny, Spandex Marco, Mark Keaton and the old Sharkbite Studios, Jon Torres, T shirt Mike M. Bungee Brent, Wild Bill Pape,Mike Duffy, Lorenzo Pino, Jon Kingsley, Eddie Koeller, Dennis Darnell, Craig Ploof, Amelia Leal and Chris, Anthony and Marissa, Danny Montenegro, Donna Wolfe, Jason Skip K. Kelly Ronchette,Josh Cortopassi, JoAnn DePoyster, Keith, Steve, and the Bellino family, Andy Hernandez, Nikki Blakk /the MetalZone , Dave Marquette, Jerry Allen, Danny Shipman with Reality Check TV,Amy Strong,Dave P. the Madman at KSJS, John “Rudeness” Ryus, Sergio Collazo, Tony, A.J., and Brandon with Tactical Lighting, Michael Pina with Pina Pix,Melissa and Warped Records, Frankie, Greg, and Billy B. for immortalizing KAOS in flesh, and every single venue we stepped foot in.
We have had nothing but good times full of mosh pits, beer, and whiskey along the way to seal the deal on this kaotic rollercoaster metal show. The stage lights are being dimmed, but the name and the music will live on. We are grateful and thankful for ALL OF YOU!!! The website we still be up for cd s and merch, comments, contact
Cheers to all of YOU….
Jason, Stacey, Steve, Jesse & Chad www.kaosamongus.com
Sailors! Can you already smell the sea? Only one month until you’re sailing to the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands while you get your face melted on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Anyone getting excited yet…?
More bands have also been added to the line up, including ONSLAUGHT, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and SINISTER!
Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship “Majesty of the Seas” for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at www.70000tons.com and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don’t forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70000TONS OF METAL Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don’t close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don’t forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done.
DIABOLICAL will tour Europe in March in support of the new album “Neogenesis”, that will be released early 2013. This is the first chapter of the Neogenesis tour, and it will be joined by Souldrainer and Warheim. The tour will cover Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. More dates will be announced soon.
Heavy Metal weights RAVEN LORD announce in their second Episode of “RAVEN LORD TV” video podcast the release date for their debut album “Descent to the Underworld“. The singer for the band RAVEN LORD Csaba Zvekan reveals in the video that February 1st 2013 is to be the start date for European Sales. On the North American market it will be available on February 12th 2013.
While the band is priming themselves for some touring in Spring 2013 followed by Summer Festivals as well as some high profile shows.
RAVEN LORD recently added Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) as their keyboarder to the band.
The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and others.
RAVEN LORD are :
Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reing of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Baley) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards
“Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves ,RAVEN LORD combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present,” according to a press release. “Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.”
Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following year-end update:
“We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012.
“2013 will be another intense year for AMON AMARTH, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous…
“We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the New Year.”
AMON AMARTH has tapped British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT) to helm the band’s next studio album, tentatively due in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records.
Regarding AMON AMARTH’s decision to work with Sneap after utilizing Jens Bogren for the band’s last three studio efforts (2006′s “With Oden On Our Side”, 2008′s “Twilight Of The Thunder God” and 2011′s “Surtur Rising”), AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen told Decibel magazine, “We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper.”
AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio album, “Surtur Rising”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Twilight of the Thunder God”, opened with more than 11,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 48.
EarMUSIC will release the long-awaited new studio album by STRATOVARIUS called Nemesis, as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition on February 22nd. Check out a sample of the title track below:
Stratovarius – Nemesis
Nemesis will include the following tracklisting:
‘Stand My Ground’
‘Out Of The Fog’
‘Castles In The Air’
‘One Must Fall’
‘If The Story Is Over’
Another sample of the track ‘Unbreakable’ can be heard below:
Stratovarius are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, Nemesis, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.
The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.
Nemesis has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, Elysium. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording Nemesis. Singer Timo Kotipelto has spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.
Matias Kupiainen adds: “I have more or less lived in the studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and the sound.”
Timo Kotipelto agrees: “Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it.”
Without doubt, the fans will love it! The album has it all. From the typical melodic and powerful Stratovarius sound in ‘Abandon’, to the aggressive and energetic ‘Stand My Ground’, the album represents the new style of the band mixed with good old melodic power metal. Stratovarius’ musical approach is today wider and richer than ever. The song ‘Fantasy’ sounds almost ABBA-esque with its catchy pop tune, but it’s powered by the famous Stratovarius metal sound, louder than ever. ‘Out Of The Fog’ integrates some folk music elements, with lyrics telling the story of a young person forced to march blindly into battle. The only ballad on the album, ‘If The Story Is Over’, is a very emotional song with a grand arrangement that builds up to using the full band and ends with a small female choir. The title track ‘Nemesis’ is a typical Stratovarius song, with echoes of medieval melodies with powerful double bass drumming and the catchy pop melodies from this side of the millennium.
Says Timo Kotipelto: “The title track of the album; with its modern twist on the myth of Nemesis, tells a story of a preacher who gives each one what they deserve, good or bad. The song has a very nice riff, cool melodies and a great good old Stratovarius style chorus.”
To shorten the waiting period for the album, January 25th finds the release of the limited edition EP, Unbreakable. It features five songs: the new album leading track ‘Unbreakable’ and a selection of four songs from previous albums, remastered by Mika Jussila. Songs like ‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris) and ‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite) show a different, catchy side of Stratovarius and guide the way to the new masterpiece Nemesis.
Matias Kupiainen about the new song: “’Unbreakable’ is a very important song to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can snap out of your day to day fog and see what is important. And when you are in that special moment, when you have that special feeling, you are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the feeling. Even, if the whole world falls apart tomorrow.”
Timo Kotipelto adds: “This album has a darker and more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and we have matured as songwriters. The making of this album was easier than before, because we could give it as much time as needed.”
‘Unbreakable’ (taken from the brand new studio album Nemesis)
‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris)
‘The Game Never Ends’ (taken from Elysium)
‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite)
‘Why Are We Here’ (taken from Intermission)
(Songs 2-5 remastered by Mika Jussila in 2012)
Stratovarius and AMARANTHE are teaming up in a double headline bill next spring. The Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 will kick off in Munich, Germany on March 20th.
In 1992, Hard Rock fans were hit broadside with a momentous hard rock album, entitled Want Some, that seemed to come out of nowhere. The band was Roxy Blue, and while they were relatively unknown outside of their hometown of Memphis, music industry insiders knew that there was something about this band that set them apart from all the pretty boy hair bands that were currently being signed on a daily basis. So much so that everyone wanted to work with Roxy Blue and be a part of their magic! When the smoke cleared, Motley Crue’s management team was chosen to head the ship, Guns N’ Roses Producer (Mike Clink) was chosen to produce their debut album, and Geffen Records was the label that would release it.
Word spread quickly that Roxy Blue was the hottest new band around and they became the darlings of the hard rock media. Management was gearing up to break Roxy Blue as ‘The Next Big Thing’. With constant comparisons to Van Halen, Warrant, and even Motley Crue everyone was feeling the energy and momentum surrounding this band. The bands album, Want Some, immediately broke the Top 40 on Billboards AOR chart and was even reported to be the ‘Most Spun Rock Record Of The Summer’ by Record and Review Magazine. A tour with Babylon A.D. and Wildside kicked off the summer party while MTV constantly kept the bands videos in rotation on shows like the “Top Twenty Countdown”, “Most Wanted”, and” Headbangers Ball”. The band was on a rocket-ride winning masses of fans in the process.
Just like a summer love affair, Roxy Blue was here and gone in the blink of an eye. It all came and went too quickly and fans were left wanting more! But something funny was going on in the music industry and a whole legion of hard rock hair-band fans were left scratching their heads as a genre they heavily supported was systematically being deconstructed… And the band would be left holding the distinction of ‘The Last Successful Hair Band Of All Time’ according to the novel “The History Of Rock-n-Roll”.
Where did it all go? How could a band with such a huge momentum and powerful live show and tons of fans all of a sudden be gone? The fans were definitely left Wanting Some More; and twenty years later that’s what the fans are getting with the release of WANT SOME MORE, STRIPPED, and LIVE AT NIGHTMOVES all available through FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net).
FnA Records has formed an alliance with Roxy Blue to pick up where they left off. The best way to do this is to raid the vaults and pull out all the unreleased studio recordings, demos, b-sides, rarities, and live tracks recorded before and during the early Roxy Blue Days.
FnA Records is proud to bring you these three albums available individually, as a three-pack (at a reduced price), and as autographed fan packs with a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic. However, as a present to the die-hard fans, anyone buying a three-pack (all 3 albums) prior to Christmas will receive a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic as well.
Texarkana, Texas metal act SYLO has unveiled the new cover art for their forthcoming EP entitled “Monument of Nothing”, set to be released via The Metal Den Records tentatively in March/2013. View it above. More details will be revealed soon.
In June of 2012, SYLO’s bassist Jared McCasland passed away due to drowning. He was replaced by Wallace Gholson. Having just been crowned The Metal Den’s first ever battle of the bands champion in 2011, this devastating musical act has been unloading the ultimate sonic destruction in live shows that need to be seen to be believed and “Monument of Nothing” will be a game changer.
RIGOR MORTIS and WARBEAST frontman Bruce Corbitt spoke to Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner about the passing of MINISTRY and RIGOR MORTIS guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died on December 22 while performing with RIGOR MORTIS at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at Corbitt’s 50th-birthday celebration.
“If I picked the one most important person of my life, not counting my own family and brother, it would be Mike Scaccia,” Corbitt said. “I’ve said it from the beginning: I would’ve never been in a band or started singing in a band if I didn’t become friends with Mike. And now here I am 30 years later, I’m still doing tours and making albums. I owe everything to him. Because when I met him, I was just a fan, into music. I had dreams like everybody. Veteran air guitarist, but never bothered to learn to play an instrument and kind of too shy to try to sing. But we became close friends, and I realized this was a guy that was put on this earth to play his guitar. Somebody with greatness, who had a gift. I wanted to be in a band with him so bad because he would make us all look good. I didn’t even know how to sing, but somehow, because I had long hair (and) I could party all night. [laughs] It’s a true story. That’s kind of how I got the job. I’m talking about our first band called SPECTRUM. It didn’t last too long, and Mike went his own way. We stayed in touch here and there, but a few years later, when he started RIGOR MORTIS with Casey Orr and Harden Harrison, again I wanted to be in a band with Mike so bad, I did everything I could. He was such a humble guy. He was never going to brag about himself, but I always said, “Man, I’m Mike Scaccia’s No. 1 fan,” and I sure didn’t have any trouble going out and telling everyone what a great guitarist he is. I’m going to miss him every day for the rest of my life.”
He added: “When you’ve got someone like that with such a talent to not have an ego at the same time, that’s a rare combination. You just don’t find that very often. That’s the thing, you know. Such a great guy, great friend. He had such a sense of humor. He made our lives more fun when we were around him. He was such a family-oriented guy with his parents and his sisters and his wife and kids. Can’t say anything bad about Mike Scaccia, man, you know? He was always there for everyone, and I’m blessed to have known him.”
Regarding the circumstances behind Mike’s passing, Bruce said: “Now, looking back, at first, you’re like, ‘Wow, what if I would have not asked him to play on my birthday? Would this have happened? Would he still be here?’ It’s a 32-year-old friendship — agreeing to give up some time for Christmas with his family to come practice with us and do a show. And then we’re on stage together; it was going to be one of the best shows I remember. There’s just so many, but at the time, everyone was in great spirits, celebrating. And the new material, that was what’s so cool. We got to play some of these new songs with Mike. And that’s the thing. You never understand why this happened, but I think I said that last night, if Mike himself could have wrote the perfect ending, this would be it. He was still gripping that guitar, and we took it out of his hands when we were trying to help him. It’s a devastating thing to deal with and see, but over time, I’m going to be thankful that it happened the way it happened — as bad as that sounds. I don’t know. I’m glad I was by his side ’till the very last minute.”