Into the Pit: Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt
Camera: Mauricio Adan

Although his thrash band is based in Dallas, Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt is no stranger to San Antonio and has plenty of love for the city. Corbitt lived here several years ago and still has family that calls S.A. home. Some of those family members were part of the crowd Friday night at Fitzgerald's Bar when Warbeast kicked off its tour.

A few hours before taking the stage, Corbitt discussed his present band and his former group Rigor Mortis. He talked about what it means to be on the record label run by Down, Superjoint and former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo. Warbeast drummer Joey "Speedy" Gonzalez, in fact, is also in Anselmo's solo band Phil Anselmo & The Illegals and confirmed to AXS off camera after this interview with Corbitt that Superjoint is planning to fully reunite for a tour this year, on the heels of last October's one-off performance at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin.

Corbitt also expanded on the legacy of the late guitarist Mike Scaccia -- his former bandmate in Rigor Mortis and the man he refers to as the most important person in his life outside of his own family. And with all of the connections geographically and industry-wise, that led to us discussing Rigor Mortis' and Pantera's early days in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

Friday night's show marked the first official tour debut of two new members to Warbeast. Drew Shoup has been added on guitar, joining the monstrous (physically and skills-wise) Scott Shelby, while Lyric Ferchaud -- Corbitt's 18-year-old stepson -- is the new bassist.

Click on the video box to hear Corbitt talk about all this and more. Stay tuned for coverage of Warbeast's performance and that of San Antonio openers Deadpool.

For coverage of Dallas support act Protest, click here. To view an exclusive January 2014 chat with Anselmo, click here. To watch an all-encompassing three-part interview with Anselmo from September 2011, click here, here and here.

Warbeast returns to the area June 26 at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin. Click here for all things Warbeast.