WELCOME TO YOUR FUNERAL: THE STORY OF RIGOR MORTIS PART 1 (BEGINNING TO 1987) DVD – 12 POUND PRODUCTIONS
The DVD gets straight to the point even before the opening credits. Phil Anselmo, the DVD narrator, and various others sing the praises of Rigor Mortis and repeat that the band played an important role in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) underground metal scene. This so-called part 1 which looks at the speed metal band's earliest days and features interviews with the now late Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia later also of Ministry, bassist Casey Orr later of Gwar and Ministry, vocalist Bruce Corbitt and drummer Harden Harrison. The guys got to know each other from various local bands like Warlock, Spectrum and Eruption before Rigor Mortis. Line-up changes and disagreements lead to this band. Bruce Corbitt confesses to just asking to sing for Spectrum with the soon to be new band never having sang for a band before. The partying and living together while still teens was going to lead to trouble and stories are told of the effect it had on Spectrum. Scaccia decides to leave Spectrum, Eruption and Warlock disband, further fights and adventures eventually lead to Rigor Mortis being born. The style changes to speedier metal and horror movies influence the band. By early 1986 the band is ready – but officially without a singer before Corbitt switched from hanging around the band to taking on vocal duties - to unleash their dislike of glam and be the craziest band in DFW. The first demo was released in late 1986. Interestingly Scaccia mentions that the band disliked the lipstick wearing Pantera from the same metropolitan area. Anselmo reveals that he was blown away after hearing the demo and met and became friends with Rigor Mortis. Post demo release shows are booked and the band's drunken shows become more widely seen and heard on the local radio. Before long the band is opening for Megadeth, being featured in major local newspapers and heading to a major label. A frustrating fight filled time and a very brief stay at Capitol records provide the ending for this DVD.
The DVD mainly features older images with more recent interviews and some live and practice or rehearsal footage. Anselmo's narration is as monotonous as it can get but he sticks to filling in the blanks in between the interviews. – Anna Tergel