Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Archived News - 2012

08/11/2012 - The Rotted's "AD Nauseam" released in South East Asia on cassette!

"Dead Beat Media is proud to be releasing an exclusive version of The Rotted's "Ad Nauseam" album on cassette format in South East Asia. Fans who already have the CD album on Candlelight can also pick up this ultra-special tape version to complete their collections!"

Comments Tim Carley "I've known Jill from Dead Beat Media for many many years, so its great to finally work together on THE ROTTED. We go way back to my days of running a label and distro in the UK when Jill was working at Razorback Records in the USA. Now shes based in Malaysia and doing it all again with Dead Beat Media!  Also this is the first time THE ROTTED has been available on cassette format and its a great thing to do, proper old school"

16/07/2012 - Surrounded by Skulls video on Vimeo

For those who cant view Youtube we have started a Vimeo channel, check out the new video!

13/07/2012 - New 'Surrounded By Skulls' video online

UK D-Beat Death Metallers THE ROTTED have just released a new music video for the track ‘Surrounded By Skulls,’ taken from their recent Candlelight Records album ‘Ad Nauseam.’

See the video here:

07/06/2012 - The Rotted announce world tour of Scotland in September

In our quest for touring ever more new and exotic places, we've decided to book some dates in a country very close to our hearts that most bands neglect to visit: Scotland! Having only ever played Glasgow, we figured it was time to hit a few more cities up there, so we've filled in the necessary paperwork, got our visas and will be crossing the border to hit Elgin, Dundee and Glasgow. The tour centres around the third annual Hordes Of Belial festival, which we'll be headlining the main stage of on 22nd September. Other bands set to appear are Achren, Firebrand Super Rock, Threshold Sicks, Zillah and 8 more TBC. The night before this we'll be up in Elgin and the night after, Glasgow. For both of these shows, we've handpicked 2 fucking cool bands to play with us, Bonesaw and Filthpact, Scotland's finest Old Skool Death Metallers and Crust bastards respectively.

21st Sept: Flanagans Bar, Elgin (w/ Bonesaw & Filthpact)

22d Sept: Hordes Of Belial Festival @ Beat Generator Live, Dundee (w/ Achren, Firebrand Super Rock and more)

23rd Sept: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (w/ Bonesaw & Filthpact)

!!!STOP PRESS!!! We have just confirmed a show in Liverpool on the 20th for the way up, and will also be hitting Filth Fest in Ireland. Check Live Dates for more info

24/04/2012 - A blast from our past!

Hammerheart Records are to reissue Gorerotted’s classic debut album ‘Mutilated In Minutes’ on both CD and picture disc vinyl, complete with bonus tracks. The currently out of print album was originally released in 2000 by Dead Again Records, then licensed for all territories outside of Europe by Relapse Records and was declared one of the Top 10 Gore albums of all time by Terrorizer Magazine. The ...album, which features such heart melting classics as ‘Gagged, Shagged, Bodybagged’ and ‘Put Your Bits In A Concrete Mix’
will also feature additional tracks ‘Limb By Limb’ and ‘Carrion Smelling’, both
taken from the long out of print Deepsend Records 3-way split CD ‘Split Your Guts Vol. 1’ and a live recording of 'Cut, Beaten, Eaten' from a 2002 show in Wermeskirchen, Germany. The CD version of the album will also feature additional liner notes about the recording session by vocalist Ben ‘Goreskin’ McCrow, who along with Gorerotted founding member Tim “Fluffy” Carley currently performs in D-Beat Death Metal beast The Rotted. 


The Rotted to headline free ‘Offenders Of The Faith’ show!

British D-Beat Death Metallers The Rotted are to headline ‘Offenders Of The Faith’ on 1st June, a free-entry show at the Camden Unicorn in London. Support comes from Grindcore/Sludge/Crusties The Atrocity Exhibit, Doomy-Death Metallers Detrimentum and London nutters Pure Negative!

 Says the band: “Gigs these days are often package tours ran by agencies, sponsored by energy drinks and have overblown ticket prices, so we decided it was time for us to return to our grass routes and put on a show featuring a line-up of quality UK bands that work hard to do things for themselves, in an independently owned venue that genuinely supports underground, extreme music. Going one better than the ‘£3 entry with this flyer’ gigs we used to do in the late ‘90s, entrance to this show –like all shows at the Unicorn- will be totally free! All are welcome and we look forward to getting hammered with as many of you as possible!”

 1st June: ‘Offenders Of The Faith’ feat. The Rotted + The Atrocity Exhibit + Detrimentum + TPure Negative @ The Unicorn, 227 Camden Road, London, NW1  9AA. Doors: 7pm. Nearest Tube: Camden Town Station. Nearest train: Camden Road Station. Buses: 29, 279, 253

08/03/2012 - New shirts in the webstore!

2 new designs available. 'Offenders Of The Faith'a new Anarcho-Punk style white-on-black short
sleeved shirt and the blastbeat/dbeat worshiping  'Insolent Bastards' - both designed by vocalist Ben.

Pre-order now for 2nd April release. All pre-orders come with a free sticker and badge pack worth £2.99!!

Forever under the sign of the Anarchogram!!!

 "I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful" -Christopher Hitchens

Available in - Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Archive Crap vol 1: Gorerotted A-Z from 2004

The A-Z below appeared on the Gorerotted website from around 2004. A lot of people we met -particularly in Europe- had no idea what we were talking about half the time due to the various regional accents we had, our inability to speak coherently whilst drunk and some of the strange language we used. It should give a brief insight to the culture of Gorerotted. (Some of the definitions have asterix next to them. Scroll to the bottom of the post for their 2012 update):

3 Euros: A price offered to someone in return for them doing something stupid, eg. piss drinking, amateur scrotal piercing, chilli powder snorting, allowing someone else to punch them in the face as hard as they can etc.

150% Fashion: Descriptive of the style in which various members of the band choose to dress. Obviously the term is entirely subjective.

Ashtray: Gorerotted's soundman, a handsome, softly spoken Germanic/Peruvian gentleman. Inherited said nickname by smoking between 100 and 140 cigarettes per day (no exaggeration)*

Buckfast: Fighting juice

Chinese Owl, To look like a: A condition suffered after smoking ridiculously strong weed in heavy proportions.

Coca-Cola: Robin Pants' other nickname due to his similar ability to make people’s teeth fall out.

Cock 'N' Balls: The lads' preferred term for male genitalia.

Crap Ears: A disability suffered by 3/5s of the band, be they oversized & sticking out, scratched off & deformed, or simply over-stretched by crap ear-lobe tunnel things.

Dusty Bin: The name of the band's longest serving bong. Kept in an old Morrison's carrier bag when not in use, Dusty Bin is a firm favourite amongst the boys for his years of companionship. The water has never been changed.**

"Euuugggghhhh!": An expression of distaste for something

The Fear: A condition suffered after a heavy night/week/tour. Involves lying on the bed curled up in a ball, sweating, clutching your sides and feeling sorry for yourself.

Ferry: A favourite tour bus driver of the boys, an ex-Iranian soldier complete with bullet holes, stabwounds, 32" biceps, and the ability to knock out the whole band and put them to bed on the bus, all with a smile on his face.

Garrotted: The correct spelling of the word from which the band's name comes. An old form of capital punishment used in Spain in which a garrotte would have been used to choke the condemned. Included here for the benefit of people that come up with crap theories of what the band's name actually means. (eg. 'a take on 'Rotten to the Gore', 'gore that has rotted', sometimes even stupider ideas, I could go on all day.) Incidentally, it's pronounced GuhROTted. Not GORE-Rotted. Fuck you all.

Hair: Something few of the band have, yet something all are able to discuss at great lengths with great enthusiasm for hours on end.

“Has that got meat in it?”: Vegetarian members of the band can never order anything without first sniffing it and asking the origin of the leaves, or whether a cow has grazed within a mile radius.

Head-veins: Enormous ugly lumps that appear on Wilson and Goreskin's heads while they 'sing'

Hospital: A large building frequented by members of the band after being thrown head first into tables, drop kicking steel signs, sliding down into the underground between escalators and having their teeth knocked in to name just a few reasons.

"Ich bin eine kleine swanche lucher": Wilson knows just enough German to get by on tour

Junky Junky Gypos: Like the Hungry Hippo board game, except instead of white balls you use white powder, and instead of plastic hippos you use shaven headed pricks with rolled up tenners sticking out their noses. A drug taking free for all.

Mattoos: Crap Tattoos. Taken from Robin Pants' real name (Matt) and his sporting of several atrocious pieces of work.

Norwich Based Hardcore: Description of any band/thing from Norwich

Passport: AKA Cliff, Gorerotted's longest serving roadie/driver. Got the nickname after repeatedly finding he'd forgotten his passport at the worst possible times, namely boarder patrols and on the way to ferry ports. He’s practically deaf, very short sighted, diabetic, speaks like a mong, got a crap haircut, an enormous Grizzly Adams beard, and the useless tosser also recently lost a toe in a motorcycle accident. A true legend, a God amongst men, and a standard all heavy metalness should be measured by.

Piss-Thumbing: A drunken sport involving someone else's stream of piss and your thumb.

Queue at the dole office: A place various members of the band could/can be found hanging around.

Racket: Descriptive of any music Junky Jon listens to.

Shoes: Another obsession of the boys. Preferably shiny, white and with a retail value of £100 plus. Usually obtained cheaper through other sources.

Specials: Cans of lager

Special Shop: An Off-License / Liquor Store / Bottle Shop

Specialized: To be inebriated

Trud: Jack-Boot wearing Screamin' Daemon frontman and driver/equipment provider of various band members. Like one of those bottom heavy inflatable clown things, no matter how many times you knock the cunt down, he always comes back at you for more. Recently became ordained as a priest for the sole purposes of getting through customs easier, and being able to touch the elderly.***

Uniform of Dishonour: Clothes set aside for people who wet themselves after a heavy night of heavy drinking. Includes an ill-fitting pair of stonewashed jeans, a piece of electrical flux for a belt and an old Evoke T-Shirt with ‘I Denounce Your Beliefs’ Written on the back. Worst clothes ever.****

* Ashtray went on to engineer 'A New Dawn For The Dead' but the band was so unhappy with the outcome that the studio owner (Stefan Fimmers of Necrophagist) had to remix the whole thing. We haven't seen Ashtray since.

** Dusty Bin eventually went missing. The band issued a statement pleading for his safe return and offered a substantial reward (3 Euros, obviously). To this day his whereabouts are unknown, but we hope whoever has him hasn't changed the water either.

*** Trud of course now plays Bass in The Rotted.

**** Word eventually reached us that Evoke saw this entry and took it as a personal insult. I'd like to point out here and now that this was never our intention. We were not calling their band crap, it was just that the shirt was available the first time a band member suffered an unfortunate trouser accident. It was used from then onwards because it didn't fit any of us and was therefore expendable. I had a drink with vocalist Jamie when The Rotted played with Lock Up in Notttingham last year and all is fine.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Misery Index/Grave tour 2010: Leipzin, DE

Saturday 27th Nov – Leipzig, Germany

There's something very wrong with this mirror, but I can't work out what...

Last show of the tour! It was dark when we got to the venue, and covered in snow. It was a decent turnout, and we were given rubber style dumplings to eat that bounced and stuck to the wall if you threw them hard enough. Met quite an interesting dude in a Wolfbrigade shirt who was actually a linguistics professor or something, and a few other cool people too. There are usually shenanigans during the headliner's set on the final night of any tour, so someone from Arsis suggested we walk onstage like zombies then collapse during Grave’s set, as they were on last. The fact that this piss-poor suggestion was the only one given meant that that’s exactly what we did, and yes, it was shit! Must try harder next time. 

Anyway, after the gig, we said our goodbyes to the other bands and they left promptly to catch flights back to the US, Canada or Sweden. Due to us travelling separately and getting on with our own thing we were in our own bubble really, so we didn’t spend a lot of time hanging out with them, but they were a good bunch of fellas. Some tours have a stupid hierarchy thing going on where no one’s allowed to eat or shower until the headliners have, and no one else is allowed in the backstage room, or no one’s allowed to approach them or look them in the eyes without prior written consent, but there was none of that crap on this tour thankfully, it was pretty down to Earth. We were to stay with a friend of the promoter, and once again I flaked out and went to sleep as soon as we got in while the others sat up drinking with our hosts. The next day was spent driving to Calais where we were to catch the following morning’s early ferry back to Blighty. Totally exhausting, but in general a kick ass month. We had 2 weeks home, then our Israel tour was to start. I'll try and write something about that too, so check back soon.


Misery Index/Grave tour 2010: Tilburg, NL

Friday 26th Nov – Tilburg, Netherlands

I’d been looking forward to this show for a while because our tour was teaming up with the Black Breath tour to do a 2 roomed min-fest. We were on the downstairs stage, they were in the bar upstairs. The venue also has a huge stage that bands the size of Queens Of The Stoneage play, so the whole place is really well run. We were given our own room backstage, and a big rider complete with Jack Daniels and good catering. Our old friend Mick was on his way over, as were Cherie and Russell from the beginning of the tour. The first show I ever did with Gorerotted in 1999 was in the Netherlands and we’ve come back pretty regularly, so even though we were on at 6:30 (again!!! I fucking hate that time of day now), we had a cool crowd and it was fun. After our set I saw some people we’ve known for years, the guys from Severe Torture, Rompeprop the promoter Ruud and various others, but by this point I was completely drained of all energy. At home I eat really well and regularly train at the gym, plus I sleep pretty well, but having fuck all rest and living on 1 or sometimes 2 meals a day of varying quality, I felt physically empty, weak and totally fucked. I went to watch Black Breath though and they were on fire! Fucking awesome gig and I picked up a white Razor To Oblivion shirt straight after their set. Tried to chat to a couple of them in their back stage room, but either they’ve done too much acid over the years or they were even more out of it than I was because they didn’t really have any idea what was going on. Either that or they just weren’t interested in talking, so I left them to it and hung out with friends for the rest of the evening. We stayed at Mick's afterwards and he gave Nate the world's narrowest blow up bed ever.

Misery Index/Grave tour 2010: Gent, BE

Thursday 25th Nov – Gent, Belgium

10 years ago there was a really cool small venue in Gent called The Frontline. It was run by a lady called Christine (I think!) and it had a real good vibe to it. She'd provide plenty of Belgian beer, let bands stay at her place upstairs and there was always a loyal and dedicated crowd who seemed to come to every gig. We have some really good memories of playing there and of the people. It was at a time when Belgium’s music scene seemed to be mainly about Hardcore and the only Belgian bands I can think of that we ever played with were Aborted and Agathocles. A lot of Death Metal tours came through Gent though and the scene there was pretty healthy. Here's some rare footage of the blood-drenched Mutilated In Minutes era line up of Gorerotted from 2001, I think this was our first or second time at the place:

Anyway, I guess these people have lost interest or have families now because I didn’t see anyone I knew from the old days (with the exception of Alexi, a crazy Russian who lives in the area and always comes out.) This venue was similar to the stale Italian/German one I mentioned earlier, and it was more like playing a school gymnasium than a gig. Check out these toilets that make Trud look like a giant:

There was no way of getting your knob, bollocks and arse into the pan all at once, so what should have been a mundane and simple job turned into quite the challenge. And what a crowd! There were plenty of people there, but they looked bored shitless throughout all of the bands’ sets and I wondered if this was a Gent thing. I was told by someone that it is now, and that most bands get zero reaction from the crowd on week nights. Apparently people enjoyed us, and we sold a fair few EPs again. I don’t remember much about the rest of the evening, just that I had no desire to return to a town that had once been so vibrant. But finally, we were able to get some quality sleep in actual beds as we headed to yet another spunk-drenched Formula 1.

Misery Index/Grave tour 2010: Plymouth, UK

Wednesday 24th Nov – Plymouth, UK

Most long tours have their low points, and this was mine. I’d fallen asleep in the van during the journey and had a really vivid and horrible dream about dead members of my immediate family. I woke up feeling shaken and really depressed by it. We were also driving through Somerset where I'd moved to about 3 years before, and I could see the same Quantocks hills that I can see from my house. So close to home and yet so far from being home. I don’t get homesick on tours, but right then I just wanted to head back to my everyday life. Anyway, we drove on to the White Rabbit venue and after unloading and setting up we had a walk around Plymouth, famous of course for it's really really useful shops: 

I enjoyed the show here, Plymouth’s Metalheads are really cool. They live in probably the most isolated city in England (the nearest one to them is Exeter which is a fair way off) and they’re always really up for it. The whole venue had been changed so everything was at opposite ends which threw me a bit but the gig was another good one, despite a few technical difficulties. Some mates of ours were out too, so we hung with them at the bar and did a bunch of shots. It was a cool end to what had started off as a really shit day, and we eventually left to do another night drive so we could catch a ferry from Dover back to Europe. Plotted the twat-nav for a Formula One hotel en route where we hoped for a few hours kip, but when we got there we found it hadn't been built yet, so decided to head straight to the coast and wait there instead.