Monday, December 24, 2012

Remembering Mike Scaccia (1965-2012)

Metalheads and rivetheads alike are currently mourning the passing of Mike Scaccia, guitarist extrordinaire who contributed to bands such as Ministry, Revolting Cocks and Rigor Mortis. He passed on December 22, 2012 of a sudden heart attack while performing onstage at a 50th Birthday Party for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt. Mike Scaccia was 47 years old.

Mike Scaccia (1965-2012)

I've seen Mike Scaccia live a couple of times. Once with Ministry in 2004, and again on the Ministry/RevCo tour in 2006. Mike Scaccia was essential to Ministry's "industrial metal" sound. Having been brought into Ministry in 1989, Mike played on the platinum-selling 1992 album Psalm 69 and continued to record with the band until he died.

Ministry - "Just One Fix" Live (1996)

Ministry - "Ghouldiggers" (2012)

In addition to Ministry, Mike Scaccia played in 1000 Homo DJ's, Revolting Cocks, Lard and Buck Satan...all of which are side-projects of Ministry main-man Al Jourgensen. I've always enjoyed each one of these bands (with the exception of Buck Satan). It's going to be hard to imagine what Al Jourgensen's music will sound like now that Mike Scaccia is gone.

Revolting Cocks - "10 Million Ways to Die" (2006)

Lard - "War Pimp Renaissance" (1997)

1000 Homo DJ's - "Supernaut" (Black Sabbath Cover) (1990)

Mike Scaccia was also involved in the thrash metal scene, having been one of the founding members of Rigor Mortis. While Rigor Mortis was nothing innovative or new, they were definitely an awesome thrash band with an interesting sound. Mike Scaccia can be heard playing on their self-titled first album below, which is an album some could claim is the only one worth owning.

Rigor Mortis - "Die In Pain" (1988)

Before I close out this tribute, I'd like to also give mention to Chuck Schuldiner, the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the seminal death metal band Death. Chuck Schuldiner passed away December 13, 2001 from brain tumor complications. I meant to post a blog about him but was busy with non-blog stuff and missed it. However, he's another cherished musician that was lost in the month of the giving season and its only right to give him praise as well. We miss ya, Chuck. 

Let's not let their deaths damper the mood of the season. Mike and Chuck wouldn't have wanted it that way. 

This one's for you a good laugh is always needed!

Twisted Sister, completely selling out.

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