Rigor Mortis (band)

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This article is about the thrash/speed metal band. For the John Entwistle band, see John Entwistle#Solo discography. For the sign of death, see Rigor mortis.
Rigor Mortis
Origin Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, US
Genres Thrash metal, speed metal
Years active 1983 (1983)–1991, 2005-2013
Labels Capitol, Interscope
Associated acts Ministry, Gwar
Members Harden Harrison
Casey Orr
Bruce Corbitt
Past members Mike Scaccia
Doyle Bright

Rigor Mortis is a thrash/speed metal band that formed in 1983 in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex. Two schoolmates Harden Harrison (drums) and Casey Orr (bass) formed the band when they met Mike Scaccia (guitar). The three young men shared an interest in horror/gore films and very heavy music. With Bruce Corbitt on vocals they created some of the heaviest thrash metal at the time often flirting with death metal. They were also one of the only major thrash bands from Texas and virtually created the underground metal scene there. The band was signed by Capitol Records in 1987.

In 2005, the original lineup reunited and performed at Ozzfest 2008 in Texas. In 2009, Rigor Mortis played in Germany at the Keep It True Festival.

Rigor Mortis recently recorded their first album with the original lineup in 25 years. The album will be called "Slaves To The Grave" and it will be released on October 7, 2014.

Mike Scaccia also played guitar with industrial metal band Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, and others.

Casey Orr also plays bass in the shock rock band GWAR, as the character Beefcake the Mighty. He also played bass for Dallas punk rock band The Hellions. He currently plays for Warbeast.

Harden Harrison also plays drums with the metal bands Speedealer and Mitra.

Bruce Corbitt also sings for the thrash metal band Warbeast (Formerly Texas Metal Alliance). The band is signed by Philip Anselmo's label Housecore Records and their debut album "Krush The Enemy" was released April 27, 2010. Warbeast's next release was a split album with Philip Anselmo's solo material called "War Of The Gargantuas" and it was released Jan 8th, 2013. Warbeast's 2nd full-length album is called "Destroy" and it was released in 2013.

Former Rigor Mortis vocalist/guitarist Doyle Bright now plays guitar in the metal band Hallows Eve.

There was also a Rigor Mortis from New York that evolved into Immolation as well as a Los Angeles punk band named Rigormortis.

Rigor Mortis is featured on the shirt of the creature on the Toxic Holocaust album Evil Never Dies from 2003.

On December 23, 2012, the band's guitarist Mike Scaccia passed away from a heart attack while performing onstage.[1][2][3]

Select discography[edit]

  • 1986: Demo 1986
  • 1988: The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part 2 (The Metal Years) Soundtrack (Capitol)
  • 1988: Demons Demo
  • 1988: Rigor Mortis (Capitol) - Released on July 19, 1988
  • 1989: Freaks EP (Metal Blade)
  • 1991: Rigor Mortis Vs. The Earth (Triple X)
  • 1991: "Psycho Therapy" on Gabba Gabba HeyRamones tribute album (Triple X)


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (December 23, 2012). "Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Onstage Collapse". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Childers, Chad (December 23, 2012). "Ministry + Rigor Mortis Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies At 47 After Onstage Collapse". Loudwire. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kielty, Martin (December 23, 2012). "Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia dead at 47". Classic Rock. Retrieved December 23, 2012.