This documentary by Michael Huebner, directed by Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt, and narrated by Phillip H. Anselmo, takes you back to the days which led to the formation of the legendary and infamous band Rigor Mortis. It harbors stories of the infighting of their early bands, the stabbings and bar room brawls, to their signing with Capitol Records. More than that though, it is an integral piece of musical history.
As a boy, I remember the older kids on the school bus wearing Rigor Mortis’ shirts, and that image has stuck with me since the first time I saw it. For those of us who were too young in the 80’s to have listened to a Rigor Mortis album or see them live, this film is excellent for filling in the gaps. As for the people who were there in the early days, this film is a perfect way to reminisce on the birth of Texas speed metal. Bruce has kept a meticulous history of the band and has put it together beautifully in this documentary, hence why it received the honor of winning best film at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in 2014 and rightfully so.
The footage from the early gigs gives us a glimpse into a time of rarity and originality. This film shows the sheer rawness and grittiness of the band, as well as their determination to succeed, even if it meant stealing a drum kit along the way. Or, saying fuck you to the top band in the DFW area, that band was Pantera. I’m pretty sure that hatred doesn’t exist anymore though.
It’s amazing and sometimes hilarious to see the members of Rigor Mortis and their friends tell this story. Seeing Mike Scaccia alive and well, recanting his time with the band was both a joyous, yet heartbreaking sight to see. Mike passed on December 23rd, 2012 and it was a devastating loss not only his bandmates, family, friends and fans, but to music as a whole. Something else this film does is it helps retain his memory in the hearts of all who loved him and those he loved.
This film is a must have for not only die hard Rigor Mortis fans, but fans of music as a whole. It truly is a brilliant and entertaining documentary. Do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy of Welcome to Your Funeral: The Story of Rigor Mortis Part 1. I guarantee that once you watch this film, you’ll be excitedly awaiting part two, which should be completed by October or November of this year. I’ll leave you now with a couple of my favorite quotes from the film that I feel are the epitome of Rigor Mortis.
“We wanted to be the fastest, heaviest, most disgusting thing on the planet.”- Mike Scaccia
“Rigor Mortis put fear into every motherfucker that was headin’ to the show.”- Phillip H. Anselmo