Arlington, Texas long-time thrash metal crew RABID FLESH EATERS has announced their new self-titled album which is due out on April 11th. To me, even cooler is the band has dug into their vault and made a brand-new, graphic horror video for their track, “Lycanthrope”. The very cool video features a werewolf shredding some unsuspecting campers. Check out the video and get more details on their new album below.
From The Press Release
Pre-orders are now available for the self-titled album from long-standing Texas speed metal band RABID FLESH EATERS (R.F.E.), featuring the final performance by late Rigor Mortis and Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt, due for release April 11.
The band also recently revisited the song “Lycanthrope” from their Reign of Terror album, revealing a brand new, campy video for the classic track. The song was produced by the late Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis, Ministry), who can also be heard performing the main solo on the track.
Watch the video today via Metal Injection at https://metalinjection.net/video/rabid-flesh-eaters-new-album-features-final-recordings-of-rigor-mortis-bruce-corbitt.
“When the guys at Cyclonus Video said that they wanted to make a new video in 4K and needed a heavy song, we immediately thought of ‘Lycanthrope’ because we wanted to pay homage to one of our biggest musical influences – Mike Scaccia,” says guitarist Mike Taylor. “At that time, we were really missing our friend and brother, since it was right around his birthday. Also, he made our last album possible, and out of all the songs that we had in the can, ‘Lycanthrope’ made the most sense for the video because he also played the main guitar solo. Besides producing and playing on the song, Mike did a ton of pre-production work with us. He had us work through every song at many different tempos, and he directed us like an orchestra conductor emphasizing different accents and hooks. Mike helped us learn how to better focus as musicians, and he truly elevated our performance level by whipping us into shape before even stepping into the studio.”
After over 30 years of a brotherhood founded on the searing fire of classic metal bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Slayer, and Rigor Mortis, the aggressive foaming at the mouth sonic assault of the R.F.E. is more relentless than ever.
“We recommend people get vaccinated for rabies before they listen,” teases bassist John Hill. “Even a man who is pure of heart, and says his prayers at night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the moon is full and bright.”
R.F.E.’s eight vicious new tracks are stronger and achieve heavier, faster heights than anything they’ve released before. With developed dynamics, extreme tightness, and a heart pounding impact this band has clearly evolved since their last album, 2016’s Reign of Terror. Beyond setting new standards for today’s speed metal genre, this record is a visceral homage to their longtime friends, Texas metal legends Rigor Mortis – drummer Harden Harrison, bassist Casey Orr, and their fallen brothers, guitarist Mike Scaccia (1965-2012) and vocalist Bruce Corbitt (1962-2019).
“We feel Mike Scaccia’s and Bruce Corbitt’s spiritual energy around us every day, both when we’re making music or just hanging out,” says Hill. “When these tragedies happened and we lost our buddies who played with us and encouraged us for so many years, we realized that it was high time to honor their legacy. We feel that we’ve done our best to do their songs justice and keep their spirit alive with ‘R.F.E.’”
On R.F.E., the thrashers put crazy new twists on three classic Rigor Mortis – the merciless, murderous war drama “Die in Pain;” the blazing, intensely percussive instrumental “Welcome to Your Funeral;” and the bloody, carnage, plague and vengeance filled “Contagious Contamination.” The album’s title track, a freewheeling, flesh eating, pain inducing romp, features Rigor Mortis vocalist Corbitt’s last recorded studio performance, trading lines with vocalist Ricky Wilson to soul-searing effect.
But make no mistake: R.F.E. is not some sort of Rigor Mortis cover band. While R.F.E. is a visceral homage to their longtime friends, the increasingly angry and aggressive band is fast expanding their influence with their latest epic album. R.F.E. sets new standards for today’s speed metal genre through their own original tunes, such as “Demons Within”, which tackles the dark reality that the demons one needs to conquer are the ones that hide within; and “The Fall,” a searing self-reflection on how those demons can drive one over the edge of sanity.
Pre-orders for R.F.E. are available now via Bandcamp at https://rabidflesheaters.bandcamp.com/album/r-f-e.
RABID FLESH EATERS is:
Mike Taylor – Guitars
John Hill – Bass
Ricky Wilson – Vocals
AJ Tate – Drums
Ed Velez – Drums (on “Contagious Contamination”)