Warbeast brings its krushing thrash attack to Bogart’s
Tell me about the origins of Warbeast.
In 2006, we put together a benefit show for a friend that had a serious motorcycle accident. We formed a local all-star band made up of members of our scene’s original thrash bands like Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, Rotting Corpse, etc. That show went so well the Gammacide guys (Scott Shelby and Joe Gonzalez) asked me if I would be interested in making a real band out of this. Obviously, I said I did and here we are. -Bruce Corbitt
There is definitely a classic thrash metal influence in your music. What do you think about the recent trend of younger, newer bands aping the “retro thrash” style?
I’m all for any bands that want to play thrash music. It’s obviously my favorite style of metal and it’s in my blood. So if younger bands that weren’t around when it was originated want to play that style, I think it’s a great thing. -BC
I read that Warbeast and Down are dedicating your upcoming tour to the memory of the recently deceased Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia. Why did everyone feel the need to pay tribute to Scaccia in such a manner?
I actually dedicated the Warbeast part of the tour to Mike, knowing my band members would, of course, want that too. Then the media sort of misunderstood and included Down as part of dedicating the tour to Mike. But then shortly after I did an interview together with Philip, and he said he wanted Down to dedicate the tour to Mike as well. That meant a lot to me that they wanted to do it too. -BC
Your War of the Gargantuas split EP with Phil Anselmo was just released. How did this collaboration come about? What’s the response been like to this new record from critics and fans?
The idea for this split came up over two years ago. Philip was writing material for his upcoming first solo album. I offered that he could use our drummer to play on his album. Then the idea popped in his head around that time for us to release a split together. He figured it would be a good way for everyone to get a taste of our full-length albums that would come out after the split, plus he knew that it would get more exposure for Warbeast. The response and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. -BC
You will be touring this month with Down. Tell me how you hooked this up.
It was mainly Philip that made it happen. We’ve been on his label over four years and he wants to do what he can for us. So, we waited patiently hoping one day we could do a tour with Down. It finally happened and it’s actually turned into three separate tours. -BC
How is your live show different than Warbeast on record?
The intensity is up mega levels when you see us live. You just can’t capture the overall vibe of a live show on a recording. We try to get the crowds into it and prepared for Down. -BC
Anything else you’d like to say?
Warbeast is easy to find at the shows. We are fans ourselves, so we like to go out into the crowd and watch the show with them. So if you see us … be sure to come up and say hello. -BC
Warbeast are scheduled to open for Down on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St. in Cincinnati. Tickets are $25 and the concert is all ages. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, visit warbeast.org.