Warbeast: Bruce Corbitt Discusses Phil Anselmo and the Passing of Mike Scaccia
Well, the man has so much experience and knowledge when it comes to the recording process. He taught me quite a bit for vocals. He's always there so every step of the way with me, he'd give me little tips and tricks. So I always seem to be thinking, "Well, this is what Phil taught me!" [Laughs] I just learned so much. Plus, the man just makes you feel so comfortable when you're recording with him. Every recording Warbeast has done, he made it better than it would've been originally.
What's an example of a tip or trick he's given you?
Well, little small things that seem to just pop up in his head right there. He has this little thing he does, an old-fashioned thing, where he cups his hand around his mouth so he doesn't have to use any effects. Cup your mouth two inches away, then more, six inches away....it makes each vocal sound just a tiny bit different, which is something I hadn't thought of before. But when a certain line needs to be a little different than another, we do the hand effect now. Laughter. Another thing is echoes. People easily just do "echo" on the soundboard, but he does his own echoes and now I always do my own echoes which just means that I have to go back and record the same word three times, just going back and recording it half a second later, then bring the volume down on each one to create the echo effect. I could never explain everything I've learned from him.
Yeah, that's something I've always loved about his Pantera vocals, because they were all so much about doing their own effects and sticking with old-school methods.
Exactly! That's the big thing I've learned from him. Warbeast plans to always record with Phil in the future.
So, Ministry's Al Jourgensen provides a speech in one of the song intros on the Rigor Mortis album, Slaves to the Grave. How did that come about?
Yeah, Al and his wife invited us to his house while we were making the Rigor Mortis album. Now, Al's producing the album. During recording I wrote this song inspired about gladiators and warriors, and I had this idea to have an Intro that has a trainer coming out to give a speech before the gladiators battle. At first I thought I would do it, and just disguise my voice or something, but then I started thinking how cool it would be to get Al to do it. He was into the idea, and I let him know what I wanted him to say. He said he'd do it but I didn't know if he was serious or not. Then the very next day he said he wanted to do his part right then. He went into recording, knew exactly what he wanted to do, and he did it in one take. It was just like, "wow." I found out the genius of Al right there. He's just like Phil; a master when it comes to the studio.
Warbeast is known for some killer live shows. What's the first show you went to?
Mine was Aerosmith and Nazareth, back in like '76. Aerosmith was my favorite band at the time, I was 15 or something. Then I just went to concerts every week after that; I became addicted to rock concerts. You know, back then, we were going to see huge acts for $5 like that, then it slowly went up to $6 or $8, but times have changed so much now it's expensive to see big names. In the seventies we didn't have an underground, we'd see these shows in big arenas. I miss that.
Now tickets are like, $300 to see The Who.
[Laughs] You know? Back then it didn't matter. Every ticket cost the same, it was just whoever got in line. You'd be in front row or last row for same price and that made it fun. When tickets went on sale we'd just camp out. It made the whole process much more fun.
I just have one more question for you; I was curious as to what bands you are listening to right now.
Well if you would've asked me last week I probably would've had a different answer. But right now, I'm just listening to my brother Mike Scaccia's music. Anything he's ever done and any band, all his side projects. Just honoring him and showing my respect. [I'm] just missing him so much that I just wanna hear some music by him.
Of course. Well, I hope it helps soothe your soul a bit.
Warbeast and Down are scheduled to perform on Monday, January 14, at Marquee Theatre.