Released: 2008, Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Since we last heard from the U.K.’s Gorerotted on 2005’s A NEW DAWN FOR THE DEAD, they have undergone a name change (known simply as The Rotted now), replaced three members and streamlined their sound to a more straightforward death metal approach from their earlier gore-grind/horror themes. Fortunately, The Rotted has maintained its sense of humor (the clever puns used in its song titles remain—where would we be without “Stab Me Till I Cum” and “Her Gash I Did Slash”?) and can still deliver the goods on the band’s fourth full-length, GET DEAD OR DIE TRYING.
“Nothin’ But A Nosebleed” resonates with gritty death metal riffage but that ugly British street punk/crust vibe creeps in, as well. Motoring along with an urgency usually reserved for the fastest of brutal death metal, “The Howling” emits a groovy accessibility that cannot be denied. Likewise, “A Return To Insolence” boasts an impossibly catchy lead from former Cradle of Filth axeman, Gian Pyres, who is now in the fold and his addition to band was a smart one. “Kissing You With My Fists” sounds like an ode to trailer park rednecks everywhere but Ben McCrow (AKA “Goreskin”) reels in an impressive arsenal of growls and screams with bassist Phil Wilson and new drummer Nate Gould nailing a rock-solid rhythm section. Where the ambient centerpiece, “A Brief Moment of Regret,” gives the listener a two-and-half minute respite, “Angel of Meth” and “It's Like There's A Party In My Mouth (And Everyone's Being Sick)” crackle with a mosh-ready intensity that will certainly transpose into the band’s live set, as well.
The Rotted strike me as one of those rare bands that has always been there but never really found its audience. Despite being almost ten years in, you rarely hear of them in metal fan circles or discussed on message boards and as far as getting name-dropped goes, when was the last time you heard anyone mention them, either? For whatever reason, The Rotted just seem to fly under the radar while consistently delivering good, but never great material and GET DEAD OR DIE TRYING continues that tradition. This record is a solid entry in terms of quality death metal but is pretty forgettable once you get finished listening, so expect it to fizzle away after a month or two and never be heard from again...much like the band itself, unfortunately.
KILLER KUTS: “Nothin’ But A Nosebleed,” “The Howling,” “Kissing You With My Fists,” “Angel of Meth,” “It's Like There's A Party In My Mouth (And Everyone's Being Sick)”