With the “retro-thrash” trend in full-swing, and hordes of bands trying to re-create “old school metal”, Texas monsters WARBEAST offer the real thing. Their music is not the result of careful study of 80’s thrash or classic metal; it just comes naturally because that is who they are. Krush The Enemy, their debut CD on Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Records, features ten tracks covering a wide range of metal terrain aimed squarely at the neck-snapping headbanger in the front row. For WARBEAST, “metal” means high speed riffing, thunderous double bass, roaring vocals and plenty of blazing guitar solos.
The roots of WARBEAST are firmly entrenched in the legendary 80’s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarists Rick Perry and Scott Shelby were the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas most furious thrash exports. Bassist Alan Bovee joined Gammacide when they re-united in 2006, and drum tornado Joe Gonzalez provided blast beats and mayhem for Dallas death metal band Demonseed.
The band was originally formed in the fall of 2006 under the name Texas Metal Alliance for a one-time performance to play a benefit show for Hammer Witch bassist/vocalist Wayne Abney. Abney had suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident in August 2006. TMA's performance for the benefit included special guest members from some of Dallas/Ft. Worth's original thrash bands... Gammacide, Rigor Mortis, Rotting Corpse and Hammer Witch. After the benefit, some of the core members that made up TMA decided to make it a real band.
TMA initially played songs by the individual member’s previous bands. Now they focused on writing new material, and playing many shows throughout Texas. Two demos were recorded, and Bruce brought them along when Rigor Mortis was doing a tour in which they were supported by one of Philip Anselmo’s side projects, Arson Anthem. Bruce passed the demos on to Philip, who liked what he heard and wanted first shot at signing the band to his new Housecore Record label. After speaking with Philip and hearing his enthusiasm for the project, no other offers were even considered. In Anselmo’s own words: “Bruce is a commanding fucking presence. His performance on Krush The Enemy is the best he’s ever been. Rick and Scott’s use of chugging power riffs, mixed with classic progressions and twisting harmonies are executed flawlessly. Jose Gonzales plays the ever-loving shit out of the drums. Alan Bovee’s playing is as solid as a vice grip.”
In early 2009, the band changed their name to WARBEAST, feeling they had outgrown Texas Metal Alliance. In April they spent 2 weeks in New Orleans recording Krush The Enemy, with Anselmo producing. Engineered by David "The Puma" Troia, who has worked with bands such as Mudvayne, DOWN, OTEP, and Arson Anthem, among others. 100 proof metal has been forged here, and among many standout tracks are the blazing “Scorched Earth Policy”, the menacing “Stalker” and the apocalyptic “We Are The Vultures”. Once again, we’ll let Philip say it best: “every song is its own SONG; riff-delirium, thunderous cadences and classic Thrash vocals delivered in TRUE, classic Thrash style. WARBEAST will prove to be major players in the very near future…you can bet your ass on that.”
The onslaught began on April 27, 2010 when WARBEAST’s Krush The Enemy was released with rave reviews. Bobby Tillotson Jr. replaced Rick Perry on guitar in August 2010, and in 2013 the bassist Alan Bovee announced his departure. Their upcoming full length album, Destroy, produced by Philip H. Anselmo and engineered by Stephen “The Big Fella” Berrigan, will hit stores and digital retailers on April 2, 2013 via Housecore Records.