In 1988, Dallas thrash metal band Rigor Mortis released their self-titled debut. Thrash fans everywhere were amazed by the ferocity demonstrated on that album. They were craving for more, so in 1991, the bands answered their prayers by releasing Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth.
In all honesty, this album doesn't have as much impact as the previous one, but it's still pretty vicious. Harden Harrison still mans the kit. He doesn't play as fast as he did on the debut, but there are moments when he still plays some rapid d-beats. He also plays plenty of excellent mid-paced rhythms that are quite complex in structure, but the thing is, the production on the drums is actually weaker here than it was on the debut. Casey Orr still plays the bass, and he's still awesome at it. He continually plods away, assaulting us with thick riffs that seem to have a rather punkish vibe on this album.
The vocals are performed by two different people on this album. Casey Orr does vocals on tracks 3, 5, 9, 10, and 11. His performance consists of a rather punkish shout. He should have stuck to playing bass, because he isn't as strong as Bruce Corbitt. Doyle Bright does the vocals on tracks 2, 4, 7, and 8. He sounds more similar to Bruce Corbitt, but again, he doesn't sound as strong as him. Even Mike Scaccia's performance sounds weaker on this album. He still plays plenty of shredding riffs, but they lack impact. He also plays a few punkish riffs such as those on “Throwback”, but they don't really connect with me. At least his solos still sound awesome. They're just as frantic and dazzling as they were on the first album.
Rigor Mortis's self-titled debut set some pretty high expectations, and this album didn't quite meet them. It just doesn't have that same level of aggression. At least Mike Scaccia's solos are still amazing. It's really unfortunate that he died in 2012.