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 thrash or classic metal from the 1980’s; it just comes naturally because that is who they are. Krush The Enemy, their debut CD on Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Records, features 10 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 Texas underground metal scene of the ’80s. 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 reunited in 2006, and drum tornado Joe Gonzalez provided blastbeats 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 were 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 early 2009, the band changed their name to Warbeast, feeling they had outgrown Texas Metal Alliance. In April they spent two weeks in New Orleans recording Krush The Enemy, with Anselmo producing. 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”. The onslaught began when the album was released on April 27, 2010.
Bobby Tillotson Jr. replaced Rick Perry on guitar in August, 2010 and Warbeast started writing and preparing to record new songs and do as many tours and shows as possible.