I had a chance to chat with Warbeast frontman, Bruce Corbitt, prior to their show at the House of Blues in Dallas. We talked everything from touring, to GWAR, to albums, to the band's history with southern metal legends, Pantera.
How long have you guys been on this tour? How has it been so far?
Itís been about a week and a half now. Weíve done about eight shows so far. Its been great. Itís definitely the best tour weíve ever been on as far as the crowds we get to play in front of. Weíre really excited about that.
Whatís it like being on tour and playing with GWAR?
Incredible to say the least. Iíve seen them like, 20 times over the years myself. It never gets old watching them. You know, sometimes youíll tour with a band and itís the same thing every night but GWAR never gets old.
Do you think that playing in Dallas, playing in Texas in general, offers up better/more fun shows because itís kind of a hometown, home state show?
I expect that tonight will be really fun for us since weíll know a lot of people. Itís always cool because they look at us a little differently when they see us all the time in local venues but when we come through town itís different, itís just a blast.
So how did you guys get started as a band?
We all come from old bands like Rigor Mortis and Gammacide and all that. About five years ago, a friend of ours from the band Hammer Witch had a really bad motorcycle accident and we all wanted to do a benefit for him but some of the old bands werenít available. So, a friend of mine, Rick Perry from Gammacide, thought that we should get some of the guys together that are still around here, learn each otherís songs and do a benefit. We did it and called it Texas Metal Alliance. Then we just worked together so well that after that we thought we should just keep this band going.
So, you guys have just kind of evolved into something that you canít really put into a genre and youíve just become your own thing?
Yeah and that was the cool thing. From metal to thrash, there is a good variety of everything we were influenced by and love. Finally we changed the name a couple years when we were about to record the album.
Speaking of the album; itís on Housecore Records. So, how was it working with Phil Anselmo.
About as good as it can get. We've known Phil, at least I have, for at least 20 or so years. When he came here to be in Pantera, we hung out some back then. We were kind of rival bands, itís funny. Rigor Mortis and Pantera were kind of rivals then but me and Phil, we always got along. Itís been great; heís one of the greatest metal singers of all time. Itís cool to be on his label because heís been in bands and so he looks at both sides of the business. He knows what itís like. So, he looks out for our side.
How would you describe this first album?
Well I think from start to finish every song is good and theyíre all different. Iíve always said that if you ask 10 different people what their favorite song is from Krush the Enemy, youíll get 10 different answers. Some bands, theyíve got only got that one song, you know? But everywhere I go, someone will tell me their favorite song from the album and itís always something different.
Whatís next after this tour?
We are writing the new album right now, we have several songs in the works. Weíre really excited about what theyíre sounding like. I think the second album will definitely top our first. Every band says that but I really believe that from what Iím hearing. Weíre also really excited because we found out the other day that our first album was released in Europe. Then we get to go over there in March for a tour so thereís a lot going on right for us now between the new album, touring, just having a good time.