WARBEAST, the Texas-based band featuring RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt, guitarist Scott Shelby, GAMMACIDE/DEVILFIST bassist Alan Bovee, DEMONSEED drummer Joe Gonzalez and guitarist Bobby Tillotson (a.k.a. "J.R." ), has announced the addition of bassist Dré Karst (ENEMIES OF INERTIA, INFERNAL AGGRESSION, DIRTNAP) to the group's ranks.
Commented WARBEAST: "Dré is originally from New Orleans and moved to the [Dallas/Fort Worth] area six years ago after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. That makes it seem even more appropriate because of the tight bond that many New Orleans and [Dallas/Fort Worth] musicians have had going all the way back to the '80s. Not to mention that is where Housecore Records [WARBEAST's record company] label owner Philip Anselmo [also DOWN/ex-PANTERA singer] is from. Even though that didn't have anything to do with the actual reasons we chose Dré to join our band. We just think that is a cool connection to have. Dré has been playing for over 20 years and thrash metal is in his blood. So he already fits in nicely with the rest of us.
"Dré will be leaving with all of us next Saturday (May 5) to head to Louisiana to record the second WARBEAST album. Just like the debut WARBEAST album, we will be recording it at Philip Anselmo's studio Nodferatu's Lair. Philip Anselmo will once again be the producer for the album.
"We want to also take this time to thank the other bass players that came out to audition. It really was a tough decision that we took a lot of time to make. But we all felt that Dré was the right man for the job. So everyone please welcome Dré Karst to the WARBEAST family."
Alan Bovee recently left WARBEAST for family reasons.
WARBEAST last fall completed a tour withGWAR and EVERY TIME I DIE.
WARBEAST's debut album, "Krush The Enemy", was released in the U.S. on April 27, 2010 via Housecore Records.
Photo by Chris Trainor