Rigor Mortis
Rigor Mortis


4.0
excellent

Review

by jk2two USER (15 Reviews)
September 5th, 2007 | 17 replies | 6,455 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Highly underrated and fairly obscure speed metal fronted by a guitar-god.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I still remember buying this album by chance when I was in Jr. High - during the time period when I was buying tapes based on the song titles and cover art. Surprisingly, this album remains in my top picks - some 15 years later. Why? I struggle with that question as Rigor Mortis is a seldom mentioned band. You do not read many articles with bands of today citing these guys as influences.

Maybe they are not direct influences, but their self-titled debut is certainly ahead of its time. When I first heard this album, I was blown away - it stood apart from everything 1988 had to offer. Particularly in production and guitar-style. Guitarist Mike Scaccia (whose talents would later be tragically wasted with Ministry) carries his band through 10 scorching fast songs of proto-death/black metal. Scaccia's heavy use of tremlo picking and single-string-riffs give Rigor Mortis an incredibly unique sound. He also strays away from traditional power-chord & "chug" riffs that were so prevalent in thrash-metal of the 80s.

Openner "Welcome to Your Funeral" sets the tone for the entire album with this unique guitar-solo-as-riff song writing. When Scaccia does take a solo, it is slayer-fast, but with more melodic purpose behind it. Stand-out tracks are "Shroud of Gloom" and "ReAnimator."

So, enough about the guitar, what about the rest of the band? Casey Orr (later to join Gwar as Beefcake) holds it all together on the bass as there is no rythmn guitar track on this album (further setting it apart). The drumming is very fast and fairly competant, but not necessarily a stand-out. Vocally speaking, Bruce Corbitt shouts Slayer/Punkish tone and sings almost exclusively about horror movies. The lyrics are very blunt and at times quite laughable, but that certainly goes with the genre.

If I were 17 or 18 I would probably still give this album a 5, but over the years some of the tracks have not withstood the test of time and I routinely skip them - "Condemned to Hell," "Wizard of Gore," and "Die in Pain" all seem like filler now. Rigor Mortis would follow with the EP "Freaks" which was much more focused and perhaps a better length for them as their only other LP was chocked full of filler as well.



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Willie
Moderator
September 5th 2007



15876 Comments


I checked out the three songs on here; the music reminds me of Flotsam and Jetsam's first album. The guitar players have a very similar style.

Even back in the day I probably couldn't have got into this album due to the vocals being kind of... I don't know, they just don't do anything for me.

Good Review.

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Dethtrasher
September 6th 2007



2211 Comments


Good review, I've seen this band name at various places but I have never heard anything from them. Sounds very interesting since I love thrash.

FR33L0RD
September 6th 2007



1461 Comments


Interesting, i might check that

Confessed2005
September 7th 2007



3314 Comments


Nice first review.

south_of_heaven 11
May 14th 2008



5433 Comments


I've forgotten about this album for so long...listening to it again.

gutturalmaster
January 6th 2010



170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A great album, and definately a classic. I agree with the review writer; the album is under rated

jingledeath
January 6th 2010



7104 Comments


damn it, I thought this was the pre-Immolation Rigor Mortis

FadeToBlack
January 6th 2010



10913 Comments


^ same

album looks fun, might check it out

CreamCrazy
April 2nd 2010



724 Comments


Vampire is a awesome song, I haven't checked out the rest of this though

DreamingWithTheDead
June 16th 2013



207 Comments


The 32nd note buzz-saw effect can get a little wearisome and I feel there needs to be more variety. It was a unique gift that Mike Scaccia had however, his solos were sometimes awe-inspiring and the sense of melody was epic.
'Vampire' is brilliant.
RIP Mike Scaccia.


DikkoZinner
December 19th 2013



2681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, nice album cover as well.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2013



19434 Comments


nice i didn't even know this had a review

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DikkoZinner
February 3rd 2014



2681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might even be a 4.5

DikkoZinner
June 11th 2014



2681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prisoners scream as their blood starts to flow
Body parts fall to the floor
Choosing the pieces that he wants to keep
He is the Wizard of Gore


BigPleb
July 23rd 2014



33902 Comments


BUMP

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DikkoZinner
July 23rd 2014



2681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet bumpage. Album slays hard

evilford
July 23rd 2014



21127 Comments


so this isn't immolation - rigor mortis?

interesting, will check anyways

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