Released: 2008, Get Dead Or Die Trying
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
From the back alleys of London rises The Rotted. The band was previously called Gorerotted and was formed 1997 and under that name released three albums. Gorerotted was one of the leading acts within the British extreme metal scene. However, with members leaving and new ones joining the remaining members decided to change the band name in order to stay true to the old members and the ideal and concept behind the band.
The Rotted rests on a solid foundation of aggressive, brutal, technical and complex death/thrash metal. They have added hardcore, black metal and punk to that mix and out come The Rotted. They have also added some mean guitar attacks which are topped of by the lethal vocals by singer McCrow. He varies in between singing in every possible vocal style. He covers all kind of styles like death, thrash, hardcore and black metal vocals. He has a big part in making GET DEAD OR DIE TRYING sounding so amazing. But it does sometimes sound like it’s someone else singing certain parts.
The band has tried to vary the songs by putting in some slower parts in certain song to make them a little bit different. This strange kind of music and vocal style may sound a bit weird but I think you have to listen to it to fully understand it. This disc is a sheer lesson in violence and I love it. It’s a schizophrenic hybrid of extreme metal and punk hardcore violence that spits in the face of life itself.
This angry disc clocks in at 40 minutes and by then The Rotted has had time to deliver 11 songs. Just by looking at the song titles you can figure out that the band is living a hard life. GET DEAD OR DIE TRYING is probably as hard as an album can get and despite all the different musical styles the album works really well and ought to appeal to fans of all kinds of different music genres.
As killer tracks I’d say the entire album because it’s jammed with delightful angry fists of fury. It might be a bit boring and unusual for me but I can’t find anything that’s negative with this album. The production made by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, The Wildhearts, Dimmu Borgir) and James Dunkley (Crass, Crowbar, Blaze Bayley) are solid as a rock and angry as hell. It’s the perfect production for McCrow and crew.
If you’re into Gorerotted or any kind of extreme metal has now the opportunity to buy something extremely great, GET DEAD OR DIE TRYING is a perfect way of spending your money.