‘Enter The Arena’ is the impending new full-length from Texas thrash metal behemoths WARBEAST. Set for release on August 4th via Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records, the punishing, ten-track production was captured at Anselmo’s famed Nodferatu’s Lair, mixed by Mike Thompson at the Riff Factory, and mastered by Lee Russell. The record features newest WARBEAST recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud, and stands among band’s most potent, volatile, and unrepentantly powerful offering yet. The release of WARBEAST‘s Enter The Arena follows Corbitt’s recent esophageal cancer diagnosis. A treatable though rarely curable disease, Corbitt faces the likelihood that he will never be able to sing again. The singer, who is currently undergoing an intensive schedule of radiation treatments, played his final show on Saturday, May 27th at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas. View the farewell footage HERE.
The band’s previously-scheduled CD release party will be taking place on Friday, July 14th at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, Texas. Vocals will be handled by Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin Neal (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and Wayne Abney (Hammer Witch).
Anselmo stated, “In light of the complicated situations surrounding Bruce Corbitt, lead vocalist for Rigor Mortis and WARBEAST, respectively, most of us sisters and brothers in the heavy metal community are very aware of, I’d like to extend an enormous amount of just-praise upon him. Since the late 1980s to the present, Bruce has always been a person to count on as a friend, and an excellent man to work closely with. Our love of music brought us together and created an unbreakable bond, and that is a priceless cornerstone that can’t be ignored when examining one’s life in hindsight. Bruce has always shot me straight, given me life advice, and from my perspective, has always been there for anyone and everyone in need, for a myriad of unselfish reasons. I thank all that’s good out there I had the chance to be a part of the four WARBEAST releases, and I feel Bruce’s best is on their latest record, ‘Into The Arena’. He’s a warrior, a fighter, and best of all, for the better of the genre, one of the most recognized voices in all of heavy metal. Well done, Big Brother.”
7/14/2017 The Rain Club – Ft. Worth, TX * CD Release Party [info]
A special fund to help with the Corbitt family’s escalating medical expenses has been set up. To donate visit THIS LOCATION. Additionally, several special benefit shows have been organized with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Bruce Corbitt Benefit Shows:
7/08/2017 Jake’s Sports Café And Backroom – Lubbock, TX [info]
7/21/2017 Bonds Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX [info]
7/22/2017 Texas Mist – Austin TX [info]
7/29/2017 BEF Rock Club – Houston, TX [info