Interviewer: Cameron Edney - http://www.myspace.com/insideout666ints
Originally forming in 1983, Rigor Mortis
featuring Mike Scaccia, Casey Orr and Harden Harrison revolutionized
thrash metal in Texas. In five short years the band had landed a recording
deal, introduced the south to a new faster, brutal form of metal music
and had completed their line-up by adding vocalist Bruce Corbitt to
the band. 1988 saw the band release their self-titled debut album
on Capitol Records and the band started building a reputation for
their live performances and all-out brawls that would occur on an
almost nightly basis. Only a year into the bands career with Capitol,
vocalist Bruce Corbitt was replaced by Doyle Bright. Bruce's departure
from Rigor Mortis seen him remain somewhat active over the years.
During the nineties when most bands turned to the grunge movement
Bruce stuck to his guns and refused to budge, only willing to play
the style of music that he loved. 2005 saw the re-birth of the original
Rigor Mortis line-up. Reuniting for a series of shows across America,
the news was welcome by the American thrash metal community and fans
from around the world. Rigor Mortis' reunion was hailed a success
and has seen the band staying in much closer contact than years past,
with the prosperity of some brand new material in the future.
Since the bands reunion, charismatic front man Bruce Corbitt has been dividing his time between Rigor Mortis and his most recent band The Texas Metal Alliance which also features Rick Perry and Scott of Gammacide. The band which formed by accident has been gaining in popularity in the southern United States and are gearing up to take on the world. The band who will be heading into the studio soon will no doubt be taking the best parts of Rigor Mortis and Gammacide and creating a metal album to be reckoned with. I recently caught up with the ever so crazy Bruce Corbitt to talk about his latest band the Texas Metal Alliance, those infamous bar room brawls, Rigor Mortis twenty years on, the reunion tour and much more.
Let's gear up for a thrashing trip through time 'Foaming at the Mouth'
with the 'Wizard of Gore' Bruce Corbitt.
Metal Fanatix: Hi Bruce. Mate, I want
to thank you for putting some time aside to chat with me today I want
to start by talking to you about your latest project the Texas Metal
Alliance. Originally you guy’s put the group together to play
a benefit show for Hammer Witch bassist/vocalist Wayne Abney who was
involved in a serious accident twelve months ago. Did you ever think
that doing that one show would result into the full-time project it
Bruce Corbitt: No way did I think it
would turn into a full-time band. That benefit show was supposed to
be a one-time performance. I took off and ran with the idea to do
that benefit for Wayne. I called up Rick Perry to see if Gammacide
might be able to be on the show. He suggested that since Rigor Mortis
and Gammacide couldn’t do the show… that we all sort of
team up and do some songs by all of the old Dallas thrash bands. Then
Scott Shelby came up with the idea to call it Texas Metal Alliance.
Metal Fanatix: No doubt you had a great
time doing the show!
Bruce Corbitt: We did have a lot of
fun preparing for that show. Then after we played that night everyone
seemed to be so excited about it. The idea of doing it again came
up that same night. About a week later Scott Shelby called me up and
asked me if I was interested in making T.M.A. a “real”
band. I liked the idea and especially because this would be “our”
band. We would all be equal and founding members. Unlike it was for
me when I joined Rigor Mortis and they had already been around for
years. Scott Shelby has also joined bands that were already established
bands. This time we would actually have control of what happens with
the band. This band belongs to those of us that will make up the official
line-up and no one is more important than the other.
Another thing that made this an easy decision for us to do this was
that both Rigor Mortis and Gammacide have some members that live in
different cities/states and have other projects going on etc. So those
bands can only get all of the members together once in a while. It
made sense that those of us that are here in Dallas/Ft. Worth and
that are ready to jam all the time… combine forces so we can
have something steady to do in between Gammacide and Rigor Mortis.
When Scott mentioned he wanted us to write and record new material…
I said, “Hell yes… Count me in!” It’s cool
to be able to break out Rigor Mortis and Gammacide classics at our
shows. But, we don’t want this band to live off of our past.
We want to create some new music that hopefully people will be listening
to many years from now.
Metal Fanatix: Mate, as you mentioned
you’re currently rockin' out with Gammacide’s guitar duo
Rick Perry and Scott Shelby and I believe you are currently looking
for a full-time bass player and drummer. Have you been holding auditions
with anyone we may know of?
Bruce Corbitt: Luckily I was recently
able to find us a drummer that worked out perfectly for T.M.A. His
name is Joe Gonzalez and he is in an awesome Death Metal band called
Demonseed. They are good friends of mine and my favorite metal band
in Dallas/Ft. Worth from this decade. He heard we were looking and
let me know he was interested, so I arranged it for him to audition.
He is only seventeen years old and he has enormous talent. Unless
he just stops playing drums… which I don’t see happening…
I think he will be well-known around the world in five or ten years.
We are checking out Bass players right now… but, we are not
letting that cause us to lose a step. Our former Bass player has agreed
to stay and do our upcoming shows that we already had booked. Scott
Shelby is just going to play the Bass parts when we go into the studio
to record a few songs soon. We are taking one step at a time with
this band. So finding a drummer was our first priority. Now we can
move on to the next step of finding a new Bass player.
Metal Fanatix: Anyone who has ever been
involved with an audition knows that sometimes they are nothing but
a pain in the ass to hold. When you guys hold auditions for a band
such as TMA what are the major requirements you look for?
Bruce Corbitt: Dedication and the time
they are willing and able to commit to this band are very important
to us. We had this one drummer come out and he did a great job on
the songs… but he could only jam twice a month. That just wasn’t
enough to do what we want to do. Of course we want someone that’s
talented and versatile enough to play the different styles of the
old Gammacide/Rigor Mortis songs and also the new material. Obviously
we also want someone that would fit in with us and that we can get
along with. Most importantly we just want someone that believes in
the new music we are creating right now. Our new drummer Joe had all
of those qualities… so he is doing a great job so far.
Metal Fanatix: Texas Metal Alliance
will be heading into the studio soon to record the debut album! Has
the band decided on an album name as of yet?
Bruce Corbitt: Actually we are just
planning to record three or four songs first. Just to get some of
our new original songs on web pages so people can get to know them.
Then we will go record three or four more a few months later and keep
doing it like that for a while. We will see if any labels are interested
in what we are doing. If not… we will probably release a full-length
CD ourselves down the road. So no… we don’t have any working
titles for the album right now.
Metal Fanatix: Can you share any working
song titles with us?
Bruce Corbitt: Yes of course bro…
the first songs we plan to record are called ‘The Controller’,
‘Unleashed’, ‘Self Will Run Riot’, and ‘Ebonic
Metal Fanatix: How much will your work
with T.M.A. differ from both Gammacide and Rigor Mortis, can we expect
the music to be a little more diverse, or are you sticking to ya guns?
Bruce Corbitt: I would say the music
is more diverse with T.M.A. With Rigor Mortis and Gammacide we have
very distinctive music and lyric subjects. So obviously with those
bands we want to stick to our styles that were established a long
time ago and that the fans expect from us. With T.M.A. we can write
about all kinds of different lyrical subjects and also have some slower
paced songs mixed in with the full-speed thrashing songs.
The combination of Gammacide guitars and Rigor Mortis vocals is powerful
mixture to begin with. We noticed this the first night we rehearsed
for Wayne Abney’s Benefit show. But, this band isn’t going
to sound like Bruce Corbitt singing for Gammacide or Rick Perry and
Scott Shelby playing guitars for Rigor Mortis. Of course people will
hear some of our styles from those bands in T.M.A. But, T.M.A. will
definitely have its own unique type of music that won’t sound
anything like Rigor Mortis or Gammacide.
Metal Fanatix: Have you approached doing
this album in a different way to projects you have worked on in the
Bruce Corbitt: I think my voice has
matured a lot since those old Rigor Mortis recordings. My voice is
more powerful and evil than it was back then. The tone of my voice
still isn’t as deep as the death metal singers… but I
think it sounds kind of “meaner” to me than it used to
be. I will still try to make the vocals as comprehensible as possible…
like I did with Rigor Mortis. I just think it makes it cooler and
more “evil” when you can actually understand the lyrics
when you listen to a song. I also think I have just had so many years
to figure out what I like and don’t like about my vocals. I
know my strengths and weaknesses now when I sing and perform on stage.
So of course this time I plan to just use my strengths when we go
into the studio and when I get on stage with this band.
The way we are writing new songs is different than the way I have
worked with bands in the past. In January it will be 20 years since
we recorded the debut Rigor Mortis album. So a lot has changed since
those days. So this is probably nothing new to how most bands work
these days… but, it’s new to me. Rick and Scott usually
just record their riffs and new songs and then add drum machines to
give us a basic idea. This way it’s easier for us to work on
the songs at home.
Other than that I just have to say that all of us are really excited
about going into the studio and bringing these new songs to life.
Rick Perry told me last week that he thinks these new songs are some
of the best he has ever been part of writing. Of course he knows that
the old Gammacide fans that have listened to their songs for twenty
years might not like them as much at first. But, they also have those
Gammacide songs embedded into their brains and they know those songs
by heart. It is the same thing with Rigor Mortis fans. But, I believe
if they give these new songs a fair chance and just listen to them
enough to get used to them… they will eventually like them as
much as those old songs from our previous bands.
Metal Fanatix: That’s awesome
dude, I can’t wait to hear the new material! Texas Metal Alliance
has already announced a few shows in November and December are there
any plans to have the band play dates on a larger scale
Bruce Corbitt: No plans right now bro…
we are really just concentrating on writing and getting ready to record.
We do not plan to play shows all of the time around here in Dallas/Ft.
Worth. We have only done two shows since T.M.A. was formed a year
ago. Maybe every four to six months we will set up something locally.
Down the road we of course hope to do shows in other cities and states.
But, that is too many steps away to think about right now.
Metal Fanatix: [laughs] yeah that’s
a good point mate!
Bruce Corbitt: The first show we have
coming up on November 16 is just a way to introduce our new drummer
Joe and to also test out our new material live. Then we were added
as support here locally on the “Death by Decibels” tour
with Vader, Malevolent Creation, Cattle Decapitation etc… when
it comes to Ft. Worth on December 9. We got the slot right in between
Malevolent Creation and Vader… so we couldn’t turn that
chance down. Then we are doing a show for my 45th Birthday on December
22. Damn, I am getting old [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs]
Bruce Corbitt: Anyway, we will have
the first batch of new songs recorded by then and will be able to
give away some CD’s that night.
Metal Fanatix: Mate, I’d like
to go back to the beginning when you first joined Rigor Mortis. What
were your first impressions of the other guys?
Bruce Corbitt: I already knew them pretty
well before I joined the band. So I already knew they were crazy motherfuckers.
You definitely couldn’t be a pussy to hang out and party with
them. You had to be prepared for anything around them. But, at the
same time I knew they were funny as hell to be around. They loved
horror movies like I did. I also felt like they had a special chemistry
as a band and they were creating music that didn’t sound like
any other band.
Metal Fanatix: In 1988 the band released
the self-titled Rigor Mortis album and built up quiet a following
in and around Texas, what comes to mind when you look back on those
early days with the band?
Bruce Corbitt: I remember how I felt
when that was all happening to us. I even realized back then that
it was the best years of my life. Just to be young and in a band you
believe in and for all of our goals and dreams to be coming true for
us. I was just on such a rush during all of that. I remember sometimes
just wanting to savour those moments and take it all in.
Every step along the way kind of freaked me out. Like, “Damn
people are starting to know the words to our songs; people are listening
to our music in other cities besides Dallas.” Then, “Holy
shit … we are opening for Megadeth and Slayer. We are getting
signed to Capitol Records? What? God damn, The Beatles were on that
label! We are going to be label mates with our heroes Iron Maiden?!?
No fucking way!” I admit how proud I felt about myself when
we were in the studio for 2-3 weeks recording our first album…
and then to go on our first tour with Death Angel. It was all just
cool as shit as it happened.
Metal Fanatix: It wasn’t too long
ago that Rigor Mortis announced plans to reform and play some reunion
shows as well as record a new Cd. I guess firstly, how did all you
guys come together again after such a long time apart?
Bruce Corbitt: Fuck, I don’t really
know… it didn’t seem like there was ever much of a chance
for us all to get back together. So it is still a surprise to me that
it happened. I do know that after the “Dimebag” bullshit
that I learned I shouldn’t keep any grudges to the other Rigor
guys for anything that had happened in the past. So I started appreciating
all the good times we had back then and that’s all that mattered
to me anymore. Not many months later I noticed Casey had posted online
about a possible Rigor Mortis reunion. I e-mailed him just to show
my support for the idea… and it slowly happened from there.
Its two years later… and we have done a couple of small tours
around the USA. We still haven’t had the chance to write a new
Rigor CD… but, that is still a possibility.
Metal Fanatix: Bruce as the original
vocalist you weren’t in the band very long, from memory it was
only a year after the self titled albums release that you were replaced
as the bands front-man. Over the years did you keep in regular contact
with the other guys?
Bruce Corbitt: I was only in Rigor Mortis
for about 2 _ years. But, I can honestly say that one year with Rigor
Mortis is equal to five normal years [laughs]. Seriously it was just
a non-stop rollercoaster ride of craziness. The first year or two
after they replaced me, I was constantly hearing about what was going
on with them from mutual friends. I would cross paths with them at
shows once in a while. Even though I wasn’t really in contact
with them that much those first couple of years… everyone still
associated me with Rigor Mortis and I always heard about what was
going on with them. By around 1992 we all got back on better terms
and were able to party and hangout together sometimes. We even came
close to doing a reunion back in 1993. But, it never happened and
it was right around that time that Casey got the gig with GWAR and
moved out of Texas. Mike wasn’t always living in the Dallas
area and sometimes he was off on tours with bands like Ministry. Harden
was also busy and touring a lot with bands like Speedealer. So for
the next twelve years my contact with them was off and on. There were
some years when we didn’t talk at all because one of us was
pissed at the other about some stupid shit or something.
But, the one thing we always had the connected the four of us was
that we all got to experience our first goals and dreams together
in those early years with Rigor Mortis. So as more time went by and
the any bad feelings or memories from those days were replaced by
all the great things we experienced together as a band together. I
think that is when I began to think of them as my brothers and more
Metal Fanatix: When you first left Rigor
Mortis, what were your impressions of vocalist Doyle Bright that followed?
Bruce Corbitt: Well of course I thought
he sucked [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs]
Bruce Corbitt: No, not really. Actually,
I never went to go see them live with Doyle as their singer. I don’t
think I would have liked any singer they got at that time to be honest.
Doyle understands himself that I was part of the reason Rigor Mortis
was in the position it was at the time when he joined the band. I
had gone through all the rough times with the band and put my life
into it. I was there in those early days when most of us didn’t
even have transportation, jobs, money or even a steady place to practice.
So I think Doyle understood back then how I felt about it all. It
was like climbing a big mountain and starting at the very bottom together.
Then right when we were so close to reaching the highest peak and
finishing the journey… I was kicked off the mountain and replaced
by some other guy that didn’t have to start at the bottom. That
was what pissed me off the most. They were still on Capitol Records
and I wasn’t. I would have to start over from the very bottom
again. So it wasn’t ever anything personal with Doyle as a person
or musician. I even knew back then that it wasn’t his fault.
It was also because I wasn’t on the best of terms with the original
three members of Rigor Mortis right after the break-up. That was the
main reason I never really got to know Doyle back then. I regret that
now and have no doubts we would have been friends. The last couple
of years I finally had the chance to get to know Doyle and I love
that guy like a brother now. I consider him to be a big part of the
Rigor Mortis family. I also respect what he did with Rigor Mortis
more now after singing some of the songs he did vocals on during our
Metal Fanatix: How do you overcome the
feelings and comments that you would have made at that time to work
with the guys again all these years later? Is it the older more mature
Bruce Corbitt: Well, one way to handle
that is to just not talk about any of the bad shit that happened between
us back then [laughs]! But seriously bro, yeah we had grown up a bit
since those days. You start to realize you did something special together
that a lot of people around the world liked and will remember. Plus,
it’s just hard for me to still be pissed-off about something
twenty years later. But, it is easy for me to remember the good times.
Like I said… when I heard the tragic news about “Dimebag”
getting killed and how Phil wasn’t on good terms with him when
it happened. I just thought that would suck to have to live the rest
of your life without the chance let someone know how you really felt
about them. So the first thing that came to my mind was that I wanted
to let the rest of the guys in Rigor Mortis know that no matter what
happened back then… I loved them like brothers. So as I grieved
about the loss of “Dimebag” with the rest of the world,
the first people I contacted were Mike and Casey. I didn’t know
how to contact Harden at the time. But anyway, I have been on better
terms with them ever since then and about six months later the Rigor
Mortis Reunion finally happened.
Metal Fanatix: When you left the band
back in 1989 did you continue on in the industry or do something else?
Bruce Corbitt: I tried a few times to
get something else going with other bands. Fuck man, I just never
really found anything that felt right. I also wasn’t willing
to change my style to adapt to what became popular in the 90s. By
the mid 90s there weren’t any bands around here that wanted
to play Thrash Metal, so I just gave up after a while. Luckily the
rise of all types of Metal in this Decade has given me the chance
to get back into it. I sometimes feel like I didn’t accomplish
that much in those years after Rigor Mortis. But at the same time
I am sure as hell glad I didn’t change my style just to keep
jamming in those years. So I don’t have anything that I am ashamed
of now. No one can ever say that Bruce Corbitt sold-out or changed
his style with the times at any point of my career.
Metal Fanatix: Explain what it was like
to be together all in the same room again for the first time in so
Bruce Corbitt: As crazy as it sounds,
it felt like we picked up right were we had left off seventeen years
ago. The humor we all shared together back then, was still the same.
It is like we kind of have our own language and we joke about shit
that no one else in the room understands. It was a special moment
for me. Just to do these old songs again with them so many years later
was a surreal moment. To look at how we had all aged and changed over
the years. But, mainly it was cool that all four of us are still alive
right now. I didn’t think Rigor Mortis had an appropriate ending
back then. So I felt like no matter how many shows I do with them
this time around… I was going to make damn sure I felt satisfied
when the final chapter in the Rigor Mortis story is finished.
Metal Fanatix: Let’s talk about
life on the road Bruce! No doubt fans had been waiting a long time
for the news of reunion shows. What can the fans expect to see the
next time you guys hit the road?
Bruce Corbitt: Well fuck dude, if they
didn’t catch one of the shows on our two reunion tours in 2005
and 2006… they might have already missed it. With this band
you just never know if it will be the last time we ever play in some
cities around the USA. Shit, I don’t really know what to tell
them. Because we might tour many more times, or we may never do a
lengthy tour again. We might record some new material and we might
never jam together again. If we do tour again I would hope the fans
can expect to hear some new original Rigor Mortis material. It was
cool going out and playing the best of Rigor Mortis and all of those
old songs. But, we all know that was more of a nostalgic type of reunion
tour. We all understand that the only way Rigor Mortis could do a
good tour with some other great metal bands would be if we released
a new badass Rigor Mortis CD.
Metal Fanatix: Bruce as a vocalist,
do you do anything specific to warm up and prepare for a show?
Bruce Corbitt: Not really man, I usually
just go out and watch the bands before us and scream a little and
cheer them on. That is usually all I need before a show to warm up
my voice for the type of vocals that I do.
Metal Fanatix: What comes to mind when
you look back on your first performance with Rigor Mortis?
Bruce Corbitt: I remember I felt like
I was being judged by all the loyal Rigor Mortis friends and fans.
The band had already built up a small following around Dallas with
the line-up being just the 3 of them. So it wasn’t like I was
welcomed with open arms. Hell, I was one of those loyal friends and
fans and I also liked to line-up the way it was. So I can understand
how it took a while for them to adjust to the idea of there being
new member in Rigor Mortis.
Metal Fanatix: How about the infamous
all-out brawls at your shows, tell us about those?
Bruce Corbitt: Yeah that was crazy back
in those days how shit would always seem to happen at our shows. Sometimes
it would end badly… like one of us going to jail… or when
I got stabbed in the back 5 times one night before a show. We would
call it the Rigor Mortis Curse back then. It was rare for there to
be a show without some kind of incident. It wasn’t like we always
started it either… crazy shit would just happen all around us.
Hell even at some of reunion shows around here… it seems there
is still fights or someone busting their head open in the pit, or
someone going to jail. The only difference is we don’t join
in anymore [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Mate that’s
probably a very good thing [laughs]! Tell us something about the other
guys in the band that we may not know!
Bruce Corbitt: Casey Orr is one of the
funniest people alive. I swear that guy could have been a stand-up
comedian. Mike Scaccia is a Master Chef. No shit… that Italian
bastard can cook like a motherfucker. Harden Harrison has a stomach
made of rock. Just like Houdini used to do… Harden would let
anyone take their best punch at his stomach and it never even fazed
Metal Fanatix: What's the funniest thing
that has ever happened to you on stage?
Bruce Corbitt: Fuck, luckily I can’t
remember some of the shows from the eighties [laughs]! So I guess
it would be during our reunion and 20th Anniversary tours last year.
I found out during those tours just how bad I really needed glasses.
Goddammit dude, I guess my old age is starting to catch up with me.
Because I found out I couldn’t even read the menus when we stopped
at a fast-food place. But, my bad eyesight caused me to fuck up a
few times during our reunion tours. The stage and the crowd just looked
like a blur to me. It wasn’t funny while it was happening, but,
now I look back on it and laugh my ass off. At the Dallas show I accidentally
stepped on Mike’s main power switch and his guitar went dead
during our second song. In San Fran someone knocked my mic stand over
and the microphone came off the stand and fell into Harden’s
drum and cymbal stands. I just couldn’t find the damn mic for
a long fuckin’ time. The other guys just kept playing the beginning
of “Worms Of The Earth” for about a minute while I looked
like a dumbass up there searching for my microphone in Harden’s
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs]
Bruce Corbitt: The one I remember the
most was when we played in Phoenix. Mike had just been asked to tour
again with Ministry. Al Jourgensen and Tommy Victor came to the show
to check us out. I know Mike wanted us to kick some ass since they
were there. So I remember I was doing my best to be professional that
night. I thought I was kicking ass in the beginning of the show.
Then when I went to sing the first lines from Worms Of The Earth…
my vocals just weren’t coming though the PA. I started looking
at our soundman with a pissed-off look like… “Turn my
fucking vocals on god fuckin’ damn it!” Then I glanced
down and noticed that I had actually been singing into the wrong end
of the microphone [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] Oh that’s
Bruce Corbitt: I felt embarrassed as
a motherfucker and quickly turned it around and started singing the
song. I was hoping no one noticed... but, unfortunately I think everyone
there saw what I did.
The hardcore Rigor fans that were up front singing every word with
me were all laughing at me when I looked down at them. They started
pointing and looking at me like… “Muhahaha… yes,
I saw you fuck up!” So I just had to laugh about it with them…
because even I knew that was a big fuck up and funny as hell. I remember
during the rest of the show I kept thinking to myself… “Damn,
I bet Al and Tommy think I’m a joke now.” But, Al actually
never brought it up and gave me compliments on my vocals after the
Metal Fanatix: You have shared the stage
with so many great bands, who have you enjoyed touring with the most
& could you share a funny road story with us from the tour?
Bruce Corbitt: Most of the bigger national
bands that we did a show with were usually here in Dallas. We would
just get added to the line-up here locally. So the only tour I did
with Rigor was with Death Angel back in 1988. I don’t have any
certain story that stands out in my mind from that tour. It was just
non-stop craziness the entire tour. Lot’s of good times and
lots of bad luck along the way.
Metal Fanatix: Mate, there has been
a lot of talk about a brand new album coming out, are you currently
working on any new material? Can you share any working titles with
Bruce Corbitt: The plans for us to record
a new Rigor Mortis CD are on hold right now.
Metal Fanatix: All these years later
what can we expect this album to sound like? Are you guys rolling
with the times or can we expect it to be more classic thrash/speed
at its best?
Bruce Corbitt: We certainly aren’t
a band that rolls with the times or listens to what some of the current
metal bands are doing and then let that influence our music. Of course
we do like some of the current bands… but, it’s not like
we would hear something new and think we need to be like that. If
we do record a new CD… I think it will remain in the classic
thrash/speed style that Rigor Mortis was always about.
Metal Fanatix: Bruce, what would you
say have been your greatest achievements to date?
Bruce Corbitt: Hmmm, well I guess it
would just be back when we released our 1st Rigor Mortis album on
Capitol Records. I grew up a huge Beatles fan as a kid. So they were
like the first records I would play when I was 5 or 6 years old. So
I became very familiar with that Capitol Records logo. So when our
album came out and I saw that logo on there… it was like a surreal
moment and just too fucking cool to me. Not to mention that 1st Rigor
Mortis release is still what I am most known for… and it’s
almost 20 years later.
Metal Fanatix: Who have you been surprised
to learn is a fan of the band?
Bruce Corbitt: Doogie Howser.
Metal Fanatix: How about rumors? What’s
the craziest rumor you have ever heard about yourself or the band?
Bruce Corbitt: Why, what did you hear
about us? [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs] If I told ya
I’d have to kill ya [laughs]
Bruce Corbitt: Yeah, with all the crazy
shit Rigor Mortis did back then that was actually true and unbelievable,
a lot of false rumors were spawned. I heard a couple of years ago
that some people were saying shit like… “I heard that
Bruce Corbitt guy used to get a lot of pussy when he was Rigor Mortis…
he would fuck them and then spit in their face after he was finished
with them and leave just leave them laying there.” Now that
is only half true…
Metal Fanatix: [Laughs]
Bruce Corbitt: I can’t believe
anyone would say something like that about me. How could they say
I got a lot of pussy when I was in Rigor Mortis? False rumors like
that flat out suck! Ok, I am being sarcastic and joking [laughs]!
I never had a problem getting women… but, that part about spitting
in their face afterwards is total bullshit.
Metal Fanatix: In your honest opinion
what do you think about the direction that hard rock and heavy metal
music has taken over the last few years?
Bruce Corbitt: Well around here the
scene has become more into the tribute bands. It’s just gotten
out of hand and so many musicians are going with the flow. They are
giving up on their original music and joining tribute bands and playing
other peoples music. It’s not like that bothers me… I
just will never do something like that. But, overall I would have
to say that it seems that it seems hard rock and metal are thriving
around the world right now. It seems like there are a billion metal
bands on Myspace. I might still be more familiar with bands from my
era… but, I love that there is so many new bands keeping metal
alive. Hell that is the main reason that some of us old fucks were
able to get back into it again.
Metal Fanatix: Which record/song would
define Bruce Corbitt to a complete stranger?
Bruce Corbitt: “Nowhere Man”
by The Beatles. The song I am most known for as a singer is easily
“Bodily Dismemberment”. I have had many guys tell me over
the years that when they broke up with their woman… they would
think of that song and tell them… “Well you’re fucking
history bitch!” [laughs]!
Metal Fanatix: What advice would you
give to up and coming rock/metal bands trying to break into the industry?
Bruce Corbitt: I would tell them just
to be realistic and have some common sense. I would point out that
they need to just look at the history of bands over the years. Because
99% of all bands have broken up and/or changed many band members over
the years. Nothing stays the same… so just be prepared for all
the pitfalls and changes that occur when you are in a band.
Metal Fanatix: If you could put a band
together consisting of musicians past and/or present who would they
be and what would you call the band?
Bruce Corbitt: Hmmm, that is a tough
question. Because I can either pick guys that I think would fit together
and actually make a good band. Or I can just pick some of my favorites,
heroes and influences. But, their different styles would never work
together as a band. Steve Harris on Bass, Mike Scaccia and Joe Perry
on guitars and Tommy Aldridge on the drums. I don’t consider
myself even close to being in the same league with those guys. But,
what a dream that would be to jam with those dudes all at once…
even though all the different styles would never work right as a band.
Metal Fanatix: What is the one band
you never want to hear again and why?
Bruce Corbitt: That would probably be
Guns N Roses… or “Tons of Poses” as I like to call
them [laughs]! Because Axel Rose’s whiny voice just irritates
the fuck out of me. I swear his voice makes me cringe more than someone
running their fingernails down a blackboard.
Metal Fanatix: Bruce thanks so much
again for your time today, it’s been a true pleasure. All the
best with the tour and album mate. Do you have any last words for
Bruce Corbitt: No problem bro…
it was fun. I want to let your readers know that those interested
in hearing what T.M.A. is all about… be sure to check out our
Myspace page later in November or early December. We should have some
of the new material up around that time… I consider this to
be the 1st legitimate recordings I have done since that 1st Rigor
Mortis release. That was 19 years ago… so I am really psyched
that I am doing something new that I will be proud of many years from
now. I have to say… “It’s about damn time!”
To keep up with all the latest on Bruce and
his killer bands head to the following websites:
- Official Rigor Mortis Site
- Texas Metal Alliance MySpace Site
- Bruce Corbitt MySpace Site
- Inside Out 666
© Cameron Edney October 2007, May 2008 Not to be re-printed in
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