When speaking with Scott I learned about the writing of the song Destroy and how it developed along with Warbeast’s love for UFC and boxing along with speaking about Phil Anselmo's love for fighting as well. Information on how the War of the Gargantuas split had recorded the songs Birth of a Psycho and It before the the Destroy album that is to be released in 2013. There was discussion about the guys in Warbeast watching horror movies along with an explanation about War of the Worlds.
A difference in writing lyrics with Krush the Enemy to Destroy was thoroughly gone over with the a number of members from the first band helped Bruce write the lyrics to that album, while with this album Bruce take on the greater brunt of writing the lyrics with sometimes an a working title being given to Bruce or some ideas for Bruce and he would run with it. The songs from Krush the Enemy sometimes have longer parts to them since they have in the set list for so long, while the new songs have been performed. Bruce Corbitt’s metal wedding was discussed along with mentions of the possibility of other tour mates performing on stage with Warbeast which did happen with Phil Anselmo a good number of times. A few words about adding nuances to their live tracks as well as Scott's appreciation for German metal.
Your new album is called Destroy, please tell me about the writing of this track and what comes to mind when someone mentions the word Destroy.
For the writing of this track, I had just the image for the album of something being destroyed, the first one was Krush the Enemy, so this one, Destroy fit the approach on this one, the subject matter of this one, when you are a fighter, a UFC Fighter, or a band like us and you hit the stage, your objective is to destroy all ongoing opposers, that's what the track is about, as well as our approach live, is just to Destroy. We like to attack the crowd, get them moving, and that's the point of the song.
How big of a fan of fighters like UFC and boxing are you guys?
We're big fans o both, I am a tremendous fan of UFC, Bruce(Corbitt) is a big a boxing fan and UFC. Phil(Anselmo) of course is a boxing fanatic, critic, and writes for boxing magazines. That's a big part of our lives.
With the songs Birth of a Psycho and It, I recall seeing these songs back in May and November of last year, have these songs changed much last year, or are they pretty much how longtime fans remember them?
No those songs haven't changed; they are fixing to come out on a split on HouseCore Records, it's a split CD with those 2 songs, and 2 songs from Phil Anselmo's solo project, that he has selected off of his album. It features those two songs that we recorded prior to this new record. They are just now coming out, it is a sneak preview of what is upcoming with Phil and the new Warbeast. The songs are still the same. The album is called War of the Gargantuas.
I assume you guys have been enjoying some classic horror movies as of late, how many times have you watched War of the Worlds to feel inspired to write the new Warbeast song named after that movie?
I have seen it many times and, I'm really into science fiction and horror movies, Bruce is too. A couple of the tracks are based off or influenced by movies, Bruce wrote the lyrics to that one, it's a great thrashing smashing hit of a song.
How often did you get to contribute lyrics to the album?
On the first record, I contributed quite a bit, the first record was Rick Perry, I did some, Bruce did some, this new record is a little different. Bruce pretty much wrote all the lyrics, I just give him ideas for a few songs, or a working title as we call it, while I am writing the riffs. Sometimes he goes with that, or I give him a subject matter, and he takes off with it, but most of it Bruce wrote all these lyrics on this album.
For your upcoming tour, what 5 songs from your upcoming album are you most comfortable performing live?
This album is written a little differently, we have never played any of these songs from Destroy live, we wrote them in pieces, unlike some of the other songs we played live many times and then we recorded them. These songs we've played 3 gigs, and we've been working them into those gigs, and then we have the tour coming up, but I suspect, that most of the songs on the new tour will be new songs including It and Birth of a Psycho since we are going to be promoting that split coming out. Most of what you will be hearing from Warbeast is all new material.
What songs would you are the most difficult to perform live?
We've only done a handful of the new ones, There's one that we haven't attempted yet, but in the next few weeks as we get our set list ready for the tour, so we can fluctuate from song to song, a handful of all the new ones, a few classics, War of the Worlds has kind of been a problem. They are coming along real well, people should be surprised and pleased with them.
What would you say has been your favorite concert since last year's Thanksgiving (2011) and what made it so memorable?
We did Bruce's wedding, it was a special gig, it was a very elaborate metal wedding live on stage. We performed, Phil was there, members of Gammacide and other bands that are connected to us were there, and it was a special night. It should be on VH1 it was a wedding like you have never seen. It was really neat, I would have to say that was the most special one since Thanksgiving.
How often do you think you will get to do extended guitar solos or alternative versions of songs in your set-list for live tracks like expanding on them live?
With the new stuff, we are trying to emulate as it is on the record, the older stuff has been enhanced since playing it live so many times. We do little nuances here and there differently, a little guitar solos before the song starts, that's an emphasis on the older stuff, the new stuff is pretty much note for note as the album goes.
Out of all the songs in your set list, what some songs that you expect some of your fellow tour mates in Down or Haarp to contribute to?
Well with the new stuff I would expect if anybody would jump in, it would have to be Phil since he is the only one that is familiar with them since they are so new. He knows them inside and out since he was the producer and was there during every step of the recording. You might see him sing on a new one, definitely you will see him on an old one. That would be interesting to see, with the Down shows you never know what's going to happen. I may be playing with Down, they may be playing with us. It usually is a circus act, every night. *laughs*
Can you speak about the concerts in Germany?
We are trying to premier Warbeast in Germany since Germany is a big influence on my music and I think Warbeast will do really well there.