26 Years Ago: RIGOR MORTIS release Rigor Mortis vs the Earth

Daily Noise - / 2017

26 Years Ago: RIGOR MORTIS release Rigor Mortis vs the Earth

Texas speed thrashers RIGOR MORTIS released their second album on this day in 1991 through Californian label Triple X Records. Rigor Mortis vs. the Earth followed the killer 1988 self-titled debut. The band split almost immediately after release.

Pretty much after. As soon as it was released, Mike got the offer to be in MINISTRY fulltime and he had played with MINISTRY a little bit before. He had toured with them, when we weren't doing anything. When he got the offer to join them fulltime, it was hard for him to call me and tell me this. If I would've raised hell about it and got really mad, I think he might have stayed and would not have done it. But I couldn't. I was like "Man, that's awesome! Fuckin' go for it!" If something that good comes along you can't stand in someone's way! And it ended up being good for all of us. We're still really good friends. We talk all the time on the phone. I'm sure we'll do something again, I'm positive, I just don't know when.

Casey Orr / Rigor Mortis interview, Voices from the Darkside

The band reformed in the mid-2000s but ended for good in 2012 following guitarist and founding member Mike Scaccia's death.
Slaves to the Grave was the last official RIGOR MORTIS album; completed after Mike's death and released in 2014.

The remaining members have recently formed WIZARDS OF GORE to play RIGOR MORTIS material without taking the name, out of respect.