In advance of its release, Loudwire is currently offering up an exclusive stream of the record at THIS LOCATION.
Enter The Arena — which was captured at Philip H. Anselmo’s famed Nodferatu’s Lair, mixed by Mike Thompson at the Riff Factory and mastered by Lee Russell — features newest WARBEAST recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud, and stands among band’s most potent, volatile, and unrepentantly powerful offering yet.
In an early review of the record, The Void Report gushed, “Sounding truly inspired, angry, and at the top of their game, the band succeeds in delivering an album that doesn’t sound like a throwback to the glory days of thrash metal, but rather something that sounds current and exhilarating,” furthering, “You will instantly forget every other metal album you bought this year.” Metal Kaoz hails, “a solid thrash piece with absolutely no weak points,” while Metal Wani notes, “Few modern bands can make old school metal with the natural ease WARBEAST can.”
The release of WARBEAST’s Enter The Arena follows vocalist Bruce Corbitt’s recent esophageal cancer diagnosis. A treatable though rarely curable disease, Corbitt faces the likelihood that he will never be able to sing again. The singer, who recently completed an intensive schedule of radiation treatments, played his final show on May 27th at the Rail Club in Fort Worth. Last month the band played a release show for Enter The Arena with vocals handled by Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin Neal (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and Wayne Abney (Hammer Witch) with Corbitt performing a few refrains. View a slide show courtesy of the Dallas Observer HERE as well as live footage HERE.
Comments Anselmo, “In light of the complicated situations surrounding Bruce Corbitt, lead vocalist for Rigor Mortis and WARBEAST, respectively, most of us sisters and brothers in the heavy metal community are very aware of, I’d like to extend an enormous amount of just-praise upon him. Since the late 1980s to the present, Bruce has always been a person to count on as a friend, and an excellent man to work closely with. Our love of music brought us together and created an unbreakable bond, and that is a priceless cornerstone that can’t be ignored when examining one’s life in hindsight. Bruce has always shot me straight, given me life advice, and from my perspective, has always been there for anyone and everyone in need, for a myriad of unselfish reasons. I thank all that’s good out there I had the chance to be a part of the four WARBEAST releases, and I feel Bruce’s best is on their latest record, Enter The Arena. He’s a damned warrior, a fighter, and best of all, for the better of the genre, one of the most recognized voices in all of heavy metal. Well done, Big Brother.”
A special fund to help with the Corbitt family’s escalating medical expenses has been set up. To donate visit THIS LOCATION.
An in-depth interview with Corbitt was recently published by Decibel Magazine in their September 2017 issue. Order a copy today at THIS LOCATION.
The roots of WARBEAST are firmly entrenched in the legendary ’80s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas’ most furious thrash exports. Drum tornado Joey Gonzalez now also provides blasts and mayhem for Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals and Superjoint.