THE ROTTED - Get Dead Or Die Trying

The Rotted - Get Dead Or Die Trying

11 songs
38:29 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


British grinders Gorerotted were active between 1997 and 2008 and released three great coarse CDs. When the last founding members left the band, the remaining musicians decided to rename the band The Rotted, which was their nickname anyway.

The new name brought also a few musical changes along. Even though the band is still fond of extreme sounds, they got rid of the gore image, which they used in a morbid and cynical way in the past. A new drummer and a new guitarist also make for fresh wind. Especially the first few songs are not that different from their earlier incarnation. They still play fast but controlled, and are comfortable somewhere between metal, punk and hardcore, without feeling the need to define their sounds exactly. But there are surprises: A Return To Insolence has unexpected melodic parts and even a few progressive elements. Towards the end of the album, the band becomes more and more experimental. The Body Tree for instance starts as a take-no-prisoners grind attack before turning into a full-fledged doom track. The three last songs display The Rotted’s broad repertoire. Who would have thought that they are able to deliver black metal bombast and atmospheric metal reminiscent of Neurosis?

I always liked Gorerotted, and the same still counts for The Rotted. It’s hard to say who is better, as they are eventually too different to be compared. Maybe the musicians have become more mature, as also their lyrics show at times, when they warn about excessive drinking. The music is still fun though, and I am eagerly waiting for future news of this great band.

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