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RIGOR MORTIS Announce Slaves To The Grave Details

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 2:15 PM


Available October 7th - Artwork and Track Listing Revealed

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"RIGOR MORTIS back with an LP with Bruce Corbitt on vocals is fantastic. His era is RIGOR which is my favorite of all time because that's what I grew up seeing before my very eyes, and to this day is one of my favorite bands. This new offering will not, and cannot disappoint any hardcore RIGOR fan! It's impossible! Every element, and then some, are shredded throughout this record.... Hail RIGOR MORTIS!

RIP The GREAT Mike Scaccia!!!!"

-Phillip H. Anselmo-

Twenty-Three years after their last record, and nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, DFW TX Speed/Thrash Metal pioneers RIGOR MORTIS announce the long awaited release of their fourth and final studio album - Slaves To The Grave (Due October 7th via Rigor Mortis Records). This marks the bands first studio album in 23 years, and the first with the classic original line up (Mike Scaccia - guitar, Casey Orr - Bass, Bruce Corbitt - Vocals and Harden Harrison on drums), since their 1988 eponymous debut album. Recorded less than a year before Mike's passing, STTG was to going to herald the bands long overdue comeback. In February 2012, RIGOR MORTIS entered MINISTRY's 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, and recorded the 10 tracks that would become Slaves To The Grave. Today the track listing and cover artwork have been revealed. The artwork was done Michael Broom.

When no labels were willing to release the record (after all there would be no touring to support it, or follow up record), they decided to release it themselves. With no money, they started a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. They called in favors from their friends to get the record mixed and mastered just right and get the cover art just the way they envisioned it. They decided to add a behind the scenes "making of" DVD to the initial pressing, and to release it on vinyl. They are all very proud of this record and the history that surrounds it. They have endeavored every step of the way to do justice to the RIGOR MORTIS legacy, and bring honor to Mike Scacciaʼs last recorded testament. We think he'd be proud.

The subject matter hasn't strayed much. Twisted tales of horror and woe, monsters and madmen, warfare and plague abound! The tracks are fast and heavy as one would expect, but there is also a maturity and growth that only comes with age and experience. Musically, STTG draws from a legacy of brutal influence. The Speed and Thrash Metal that RIGOR MORTIS cut their teeth on is evident throughout the record in the intensity and velocity of tracks like "Flesh For Flies", but also, one could argue, are influences such as Italian horror soundtracks by GOBLIN, as heard on the outro solo of "Poltergeist". While STTG was very much a group effort, and all four came together like a fist to crush all doubt, It has to be said, of course, that the highlight of this record, and indeed RIGOR MORTIS as a whole musically, is Mike Scacciaʼs incredible guitar playing. His freakish speed picking and beautiful sense of melody is mesmerizing. His solos are stupefying. Mikes style was much closer to Paganini, than to say, Mustaine or Dimebag. He was unique.

Without question, this record contains some of Mike's finest work. In his zone and with no restraints, he delivered some absolutely stellar performances. His solo at the end of "Blood Bath", for instance, is absolutely breathtaking, exposing more heart and soul than precious few of his contemporaries possess. RIGOR MORTIS dedicates this record to Mike Scaccia 1965-2012.

Slaves To The Grave Track Listing:

  • "Poltergeist"
  • "Rain Of Ruin"
  • "Flesh for Flies"
  • "The Infected"
  • "Blood Bath"
  • "Ancient Horro"
  • "Fragrance of Corpse"
  • "Curse of the Draugr"
  • "Sacramentum Gladiatorum" /
  • "Lududs Magnus"
Produced by Mike Scaccia and RIGOR MORTIS Two special shows in support of the album have been announced including a CD Release Party and an appearance at the Housecore Horror Film Fest:

RIGOR MORTIS Rrecord Release Party

https://www.facebook.com/events/1434344633505185/

Saturday Sept 27th - Curtain Club- Dallas, TX

Featuring DEAD HORSE, WIZARDS OF GORE (RIGOR MORTIS), DEAD EARTH POLITICS and more tba. The new RIGOR MORTIS record will be available for purchase at this show.

WIZARDS OF GORE At Housecore Horror Film Fest

Oct. 23rd - 26th - Emo's - Austin, TX

https://www.facebook.com/HousecoreHorrorFilmFestival?fref=ts

The second annual event boasts underground and classic horror screenings and merch, full reunion of cast from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as a great line up of bands like WIZARDS OF GORE (RIGOR MORTIS), WARBEAST, PORTAL, RANDY BLYTHE, SATYRICON, EYEHATEGOD, CATTLE DECAPITATION, UNEARTH, ACID WITCH and many more.

For More Info Visit:

https://www.facebook.com/rigormortis25
https://www.facebook.com/warbeast1


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