Bruce Corbitt is the legendary lead vocalist of Rigor Mortis and Warbeast, and he is one of the greatest voices in metal. To find out that the universe, in all her glorious bitchiness, has given this man throat cancer is a major fucking disgrace.
Fortunately, Corbitt was able to finish the latest – and possible last – Warbeast album, Enter the Arena. He most recently performed onstage for what may be his last time as well. Fuck. This shouldn’t happen in a perfect world, but it’s not a perfect world. So, we had the chance to talk to Corbitt and regardless of what he is facing, he is still a warrior.
Well, the first question has to be: How are you doing?
Well, you know. I have my good days and I have my bad ones.
Enter the Arena absolutely kicks ass. Are you happy with the outcome, the finished product?
Absolutely! I think that if this is our last album, it’s a pretty damned good one.
You recently performed for what might be the last time, and, I totally dug your wearing a Rigor Mortis t-shirt!
Yeah, well you can’t forget your past, can you?
Absolutely not. Did you ever think you would still be doing this metal thing after all these years?
Hell no! When you start in a band and you’re as young as we were, you never think you will still be doing it 30-some years later! I mean, you dream of it, but you don’t think it will actually happen.
So, how are you doing physically?
Well, not great but OK. It all started when I had some issues with my heart. Then, when I think I’m doing better, this comes up. I knew something was wrong one day when I couldn’t make it up a flight of stairs.
The one thing I noticed in the video of your possible last performance was that you start “Maze of the Minotaur” sitting down but a few minutes into it, you stand up and finish the song standing. And, the impression I got was all of sudden you said to yourself, “If this is the last time I perform onstage, I am not going to do it sitting down!”
Yeah, pretty much. The doctor had told to me to not even risk singing one more time, but I had to, you know? And, if it was the last time I sang onstage, I was going to do it on my feet. Not sitting on a stool.
Bruce Corbitt. Warbeast. Enter the Arena. Show your love for the man, the band, and the album. Buy it from Housecore Records here!