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Show Preview/Interview: Warbeast Friday night with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals


Royal Oak is slated to get ripped a new one Friday night when Phil Anselmo brings his band and the veteran ensemble thrash band known as Warbeast along with one man industrial doom/drone metal act Author and Punisher to the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt, longtime frontman of Rigor Mortis fame, chatted with me today from his hotel room on their day off after crushing The Intersection in Grand Rapids last night to talk about the state of thrash metal, horror movies, life on the road and touring in Detroit.

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.

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. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas most furious thrash exports. Drum tornado Joey Gonzalez provided blast beats and mayhem for Dallas death metal band Demonseed.

WARBEAST is touring in support of their new album Destroy, which you can buy now at While you’re on the web, check out the band’s new werewolf-themed video for ‘Blood Moon’ here.

In the midst of their upcoming North American run, WARBEAST will make a stop at the annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA on August 17th at Hadad’s Water Park! Tickets for the GWAR-B-Q will be available June 6th at and come in three different versions. Visit for info on the ticket options and to view a brand new commercial for the event. Other bands performing this year at the GWAR-B-Q include Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Battlecross and more.

WARBEAST dates with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals:

8/09 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
8/13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/14 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/16 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/17 - GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA @ Hadad’s Water Park
8/18 - Silver Springs, MD @ the Fillmore
8/20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/22 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s

WARBEAST @ Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival (10/25-10/27):

10/25 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s - PHILIP ANSELMO's First-Ever Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival

For more information on WARBEAST, please visit these websites: