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Birth name  Michael Ralph Scaccia
Name  Mike Scaccia
Years active  1983–2012

Instruments  Guitar, bass guitar
Occupation(s)  Musician
Role  Musician
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Born  July 14, 1965 Babylon, New York, United States (1965-07-14)
Genres  Industrial metal, thrash metal, country, blues
Labels  13th Planet, Sanctuary, Warner, Sire, Metal Blade, Capitol
Died  December 23, 2012, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Music groups  Ministry, Rigor Mortis, Revolting Cocks
Albums  Big Sexy Land, The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to T, Beers - Steers - and Queers, In Case You Didn't Feel Like, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed

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Michael Ralph "Mike" Scaccia (June 14, 1965 – December 23, 2012) was an American musician, best known as the lead (and sometimes rhythm) guitarist for the metal bands Rigor Mortis, Ministry and The Revolting Cocks.


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Early career

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Scaccia was born in Babylon, New York, in the United States of America. He was of Italian descent and had three older sisters.

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Scaccia's first band, Spectrum, was formed with high school friends Chuck and Chad Williams on guitar and bass, Johnny Carpenter on drums and Barry (Baron) Lane on vocals. Bruce Corbitt eventually replaced Barry Lane on vocals. Scaccia left Spectrum in late June, 1982.

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Rigor Mortis originally formed in 1983 when schoolmates Harden Harrison and Casey Orr met Scaccia. The three shared a love for horror/gore flicks and extremely heavy music, and that recipe helped them create a truly unique form of speed metal that had never been heard before. Bruce Corbitt was added to the lineup on vocals in the summer of 1986. Within five years they had virtually created the thrash metal scene in Texas and landed a major label deal with Capitol Records in 1987. In 1988, Rigor Mortis released their self-titled debut album on Capitol Records.

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In 1989, Scaccia was asked by Al Jourgensen to join his band Ministry for their 1989-1990 The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour. Jourgensen was so impressed by Scaccia's talents that he included him into the band full-time. Scaccia left Rigor Mortis in 1991. He then went on to record and tour for Ministry's next album, the platinum-selling smash Psalm 69 throughout 1992. He also played on their Lollapalooza tour.

Throughout 1994-1995, recording began on Ministry's follow-up, Filth Pig. They relocated to Austin where sessions took place. He left the band right before the band's 1996 tour to support Filth Pig.


In early 2005, Rigor Mortis reformed in Texas to ecstatic reviews. Scaccia was included in the lineup. Also at this time, a clean, sober Jourgensen again asked him to rejoin for touring their new album, Animositisomina. He agreed, but left Ministry again in 2006 before rejoining with Al Jourgensen in the studio to record what would be Relapse which was scheduled to tour in the summer of 2012. It was confirmed that Scaccia had been working with the original members of Rigor Mortis as they worked on their first album in twenty years.

Personal life

On August 29, 1995, Scaccia was arrested at a Wal-Mart for heroin possession. He was originally confronted because he resembled an armed-robbery suspect and he was carrying a case that they thought might contain a gun. When they opened the case, they found heroin instead. Scaccia was arrested and then released on $2,500 bail.


Scaccia collapsed onstage shortly after 11:30 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was performing as part of the 50th birthday celebrations for Bruce Corbitt, the singer for Rigor Mortis; he died onstage shortly after between 11:36 pm and 11:40 pm on Saturday, December 22. He was officially pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after Midnight on Sunday, December 23. Although initial reports suggested a seizure possibly caused by the strobe lighting at the venue, those were false reports and the coroner indicated the cause of death to be "sudden heart attack brought on by heart disease". He was 47. A memorial service was held for Scaccia on Sunday, December 30 at the Aristide Event and Conference Center in Mansfield, Texas.


  • Rigor Mortis
  • Ministry
  • Revolting Cocks
  • BloHole
  • League of Blind Women
  • Lard
  • Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters
  • Goobersmoochers
  • Personal discography

  • Rigor Mortis, s/t (1988, Capitol)
  • Ministry, In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (1990, Sire)
  • 1000 Homo DJs, Supernaut (1990, WaxTrax!)
  • Revolting Cocks, Beers, Steers, and Queers (1990, WaxTrax!)
  • Ministry, Jesus Built My Hotrod (1991, Sire)
  • Ministry, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992, Sire)
  • Skrew, Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame (1992, Metal Blade)
  • Ministry, Just One Fix (1993, Sire)
  • Revolting Cocks, Linger Ficken' Good...And Other Barnyard Oddities (1993, Sire)
  • Ministry, Filth Pig (1996, Warner)
  • Lard, Pure Chewing Satisfaction (1997, Alternative Tentacles)
  • League of Blind Women, League of Blind Women (1998, Milo Music/
  • Various Artists, Lucio Fulci: A Symphony of Fear (1999, Blackest Heart/Graveside)
  • Lard, 70's Rock Must Die (2000, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Ministry, Greatest Fits (2001, Warner)
  • Ministry, Houses of the Molé (2004, Sanctuary)
  • Revolting Cocks, Cocked and Loaded (2006, 13th Planet Records)
  • Ministry, Rio Grande Blood (2006, 13th Planet Records)
  • Ministry, Cover Up (2008, 13th Planet Records)
  • Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free (2011, 13th Planet Records)
  • Ministry, Relapse (2012, 13th Planet Records)
  • Ministry, From Beer to Eternity (2013, 13th Planet Records)
  • References

    Mike Scaccia Wikipedia

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