:: Interview with The rotted
Interview with The rotted
Ben from The Rotted took the time to talk to me about his experience in The Rotted.... His past, the present and the future of the band, what he loves about this years BOA festival and what we can expect from the new album! Apparently it's going to be fuckign huge. I can't wait!
Metalship : Can you tell us a bit about yourself, like what hobbies you have as well as playing your music?
Yeah sure, I live in a small seaside village between Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks in West Somerset, which is a far cry from the busy city I was born and grew up in! I came here about 2 and a half years ago to get some peace and to get away from all the bullshit you get living surrounded by people, traffic, pollution and heavy handed police bastards. So now I spend my time looking after my animals, walking on the beach or in the fields, forests and hills and also going to the gym where I’ve recently got into Power Lifting! There’s 7 pubs here, which range from a really nice traditional country pub that does nice food, down to a proper shithole fighting den full of cut-throats, thugs and other assorted scallywags, so there’s plenty of mischief to get in to!
Metalship : Who are all the guys in the band and what do they play?
There’s me, obviously. I sing, or shout rather. Tim on guitar who I was in Gorerotted with, Trud on bass, he used to front Screamin’ Daemon, is a professional tattoo artist and is a legally ordained minister of no religious persuasion, and then we’ve got former Screamin’ Daemon drummer Nate on the drums.
Metalship : As a child what music did you grow up on?
My first favourite band when I was about 5 was Tears For Fears believe it or not! I still love them now. But with my dad being a huge Rock and Blues fan, it wasn’t long before I got into artists like Deep Purple
, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC
, Tom Petty, Black Sabbath
, Joe Satriani
, Thin Lizzy
etc. Then when I was about 10 I discovered Guns N Roses, who were similar, but seemed like proper bad asses so I was hooked! From there I went onto Nirvana
, then Anthrax
, then Sepultura
and Napalm Death
, then I discovered UK82/Anarcho Punk and Nordic Black Metal in my mid teens and was hooked from there on in.
Metalship : Which Metal Vocalists inspired you to sing?
I guess it all started when I got into Deicide
, Morbid Angel
and Cannibal Corpse
, I thought to myself “I can do that! I have to do that!!!” it sounded inhuman to me and really fucking cool so I answered an advert in Terrorizer
to join a little known London based band. From there I eventually met the Gorerotted guys and joined them instead in 1999, and I’ve been doing this shit ever since.
Metalship : When and how did all the guys from The Rotted meet?
Like I say, I met Tim back in 1999 and joined Gorerotted, so we’ve done 5 albums, 2 EPs and countless shows, tours and festivals together since. Then at some point in 2001 we met Trud who used to come to a lot of our shows and got to know him
that way. Nate moved over from Israel to play drums for Trud in Screamin’ Daemon and we all became close from there, Tim’s wife put their album out on her label and Gorerotted and Screamin’ Daemon did many shows together, so the unholy union of both bands in the form of The Rotted was inevitable.
Metalship : Who came up with the name The Rotted, and why choose it?
Basically, we’d written the 4th Gorerotted album and realised that we’d gone beyond what the band had originally set out to do, so a change in name was needed. We’d progressed as musicians and we’d allowed the music to develop naturally over time so we didn’t end up stuck in a rut putting the same album out over and over again. I was sick of writing gore lyrics, I was 18 when I started out, and in my late 20s the joke had worn thin, so I wanted to move away from that, and we realised we just weren’t the same band anymore, so we decided to change our name. I like genuine bands with integrity
, who believe in what they’re doing and mean every word. I hate
contrived, false crap so we knew that was it, we had to be honest with ourselves and with the fans. Our record label were supportive but pointed out that we’d effectively be starting from scratch, but that didn’t bother us. We believe in this music, we believe in ourselves so we just went for it. Someone in the band (I forget who) pointed out that we were known by friends and die-hard fans as The ‘Rotted anyway, so we went with that, but it seems to have got a lot of people confused. If I could go back, I would have announced that Gorerotted have split, then disappear off the face of the earth, then come back 6 months later and start afresh with a totally different name, but it’s done now and I think people have finally got the message!
Metalship : Who are the main influences of The Rotted?
Bands like Napalm Death
, Celtic Frost
, Wolfbrigade, Marduk
, Motorhead etc. Basically, really fucking heavy stuff from the ‘80s and the ‘90s that we loved as teenagers!
Metalship : You have been confirmed for the BOA fest 2011 how did you get this amazing opportunity?
It was literally a case of Tim writing to one of the organisers and saying “Do you want us for your festival?” and her saying “YES
!” We headlined the Sophie Stage in 2009 and it was a blast, such a great atmosphere with so many cool bands, and this year we’re back playing directly under Angel
Witch and on the same day Immortal
headline so it’s gonna be a riot
again no doubt!!!
Metalship : If you could play somewhere were you have never played before, where would it be and why?
We’ve been all around Europe and the UK and it seems the more off the beaten track you go, the more rabid the audiences and more dedicated the fans! Touring Israel last December was crazy, the crowds were incredible, and this year we hope to hit places like Bulgaria, Serbia , Slovenia again and Hungary, then at some point I’d love to hit Asia and South America .
Metalship : What made you want to go down the road of playing extreme death metal?
It was just a case of being blown away every time I discovered the next heavier thing as a kid and feeling a real sense of belonging in those days of fanzines, demo tapes and small but well attended DIY gigs at The Red Eye and The Braindead Club. It was a joy to be a part of that scene, and while things are easier now thanks to Myspace and Emailing, a lot of the magic’s gone and the scene's become more bedroom-based. I’m still incredibly proud to be a part of the extreme metal community though, and still a die-hard fanboy!
Metalship : Your first album was released in Metal Blade records and your latest EP saw you move over to Anarchogram Industries. Why did you decide to switch labels?
We wanted to put out a self-released EP like in the old days, we financed it ourselves and wanted to promote and distribute it ourselves too to get some of the magic of the early days back in our blood. Metal Blade were OK with it, but things have changed at that label –as they inevitably do. No one who was around when we were signed by them works there anymore and no one really gave a shit about us in the European or US offices. So when we got offered a get out clause, we took it! I can’t fault the UK office, those guys worked really hard for us, but it’s a huge relief to be away from Metal Blade now. We’re in the process of signing with a new label, one with some real enthusiasm for the new album, a host of similar bands that we really enjoy on their roster and they’re UK based so I’m assuming it’s all going to be easier now!
Metalship : Your last album entitled ‘Get Dead or Die Trying’ came out in 2008, and the questions on all our minds are when can we expect a new The Rotted album?
Finger crossed it’ll be out mid-September! I can’t wait to get it out there, it’s the catchiest stuff we’ve done in years and is the perfect mix of Blackened Death Metal and D-Beat Punk!!! Proper aggressive, very loud and VERY fucking heavy!
Metalship : What is your favourite song to play live and why?
I dunno really, Drink Myself To Death maybe? It’s an aggressive, crusty grinding track and is a real high energy number. Of course, when the new album comes out we’ll be concentrating on those tracks as they’ve just taken everything to the next level, but obviously we’ll keep some old crowd favourites in the set.
Metalship : If you had to give a child a compilation of 5 tracks to best define your work. Which 5 tracks would they be?
I suppose Hacksore and Only Tools and Corpses from the Gorerotted days, The Howling from the Get Dead… album, and then the opening and closing tracks from the forthcoming album that are totally different to anything we’ve ever done before that I really don’t think anyone’s going to be expecting haha. I can’t say too much just yet, but keep your eyes on our news page for info!
Metalship : Who would you say is the most underrated Death Metal band?
I don’t know really. Impetigo
aren’t generally seen as being as important as or having as much influence as Autopsy
, Bolt Thrower
etc, but the fact is, they were there, they helped kick start the scene. They have their cult following of course, but you wouldn’t see either headlining, say, PartySan or Neurotic Deathfest. To be totally honest though, as cool as both bands are and as much as I enjoy them, the other guys I mentioned have better albums, so maybe it’s all relative? They should still be given more recognition though!
Metalship : Thanks for your time in filling in these questions. Could you give a summary of what we can expect from the new The Rotted album?
It sounds HUUUUGE! We have only 1 guitarist but the whole thing still sounds enormous. We have the bass up nice and loud, the drums are the most diverse and intense Nate’s ever done, and every syllable of every word has been spat out with total rage and hatred. Song-wise, Russ our producer likened it to a journey
through the ultimate teenage record collection! There's some real moments of nostalgia on there for all of us. Like I said earlier, it’s a sick mix of Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk & D-Beat, and it’s catchy as hell! I like to think that THIS will be the work that defines us as a band! Keep your eyes peeled and your ears protected!
added by The Dark Lord, on June 1, 2011 for Metalship