Mike Scaccia

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Rapid-fire guitarist Mike Scaccia rose from regional fame with the Texas thrash titans Rigor Mortis to world renown with international industrial iconoclasts Ministry. In the mid-'80s, Scaccia's interest…
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Rapid-fire guitarist Mike Scaccia rose from regional fame with the Texas thrash titans Rigor Mortis to world renown with international industrial iconoclasts Ministry. In the mid-'80s, Scaccia's interest in heavy music and horror flicks lead him into Rigor Mortis, a roughshod quartet who briefly ruled Dallas mosh pits. Scaccia's lightning-fast fretwork soon caught the attention of Chicago's insidious Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker, who drafted the hirsute axe-man first for studio work and then for their ensemble touring company. "TV2" off Ministry's massive Psalm 69 showcases Scaccia at his finest and fastest, just as Ministry stood poised to conquer the world. Like many innovators, countless carbon copies reaped the benefits of boundaries broken down by Ministry; but the once-prolific band shouldered myriad troubles in the '90s, recording and touring only sporadically, and never fully capitalized on their brief platinum period. Meanwhile, Rigor Mortis, whose other personnel went on to play with Speedealer and the Hellions, among others, continually threatened to re-form and tour, until Scaccia died suddenly in December 2012, after having collapsed on-stage during a show in Ft. Worth, Texas.