Interview with ROTTEN CASKET
by Hombre Rancio
It’s a pleasure to talk with a great band as Rotten Casket. “Simply Rotten Death” is your new album, old school death stuff.
Hi guys, let’s talk a little about the beginnings of the band. How was Rotten Casket created?
I was surfing across facebook when I stumble by coincidence at a facebook site of our guitar player. He put up that site some samples which he recorded at home and I clicked on them to listen. I instantly liked it a lot and it reminded me to the early ages of stockholm death metal with the famous buzz-saw HM-2 sound. I asked him if he would like it that I put some growls over it and he agreed on that. I also saw that he lives nearby where I live so that it was easy to travel. Meanwhile our drummer, who also plays guitar in dutch brutal death metal outfit Caedere, wanted to improve his drumskills and he also is a enormous fan of Nicke Andersson’s drumstyle, so I said to him, I know this guy who has great swedish guitarrrifs and so the rotting begun…. First three months we were with the three of us and then the bass player of Bloody Remains joined us and soon after that our second guitarist who also joins me in another death metal band named Death Squad.
The members of the band have a long experience in the Underground scene, right?
We have been around some time yes over more than hundred years of experience when we sum it up over the total rotten corpses…
Simply Rotten Death is your new album, what are we going to find on it?
We put our ep Simply rotten death on cassette tape limited to hundred pieces, which sold out in less than a week. It is also online downloadable on our bandcamp site where you can buy the album digitally for 2,50 euro’s.
How was the design and creation process of the album?
When we finished the songs in the rehearsalroom we recorded first the drumparts in a small studio nearby and the guitars our guitarplayer’s home. The vocals we recorded also in a rehearsalroom. So no fancy studio but lean and mean. The mix is done by Dirtybird studios because the mixer knows exactly how the dirty rotten buzz-saw sound has to be as dirty as possible.
In your opinion, which are the stronger points of the band?
I have no clue to be honest. We drink beer for 10.
What are your musical influences?
I cannot speak for the others but for me personally…
A lot. But if I condense it to death metal only those are the usual suspects, such as early entombed, nirvana 2002, carnage, old carcass, napalm death, bolt thrower, paradise lost, the first gorefest record(the two demos actually), dismember, unanimated, old benediction, cancer, bloodbath and so on…. I stop typing bandnames now otherwise I will fill another 20 pages
I like very much your stuff: Raw and Old school. Let’s talk more about the guitar work in this album, please.
Well, as it should be in our opinion, the buzz-saw with a gory edge without too much squishy effect which a lot of colleagues nowadays have. Of course we don’t have a problem with that “squishiness” but It is just not our choice to do so.
How do you see the Death Underground scene in this moment. What are your favourite bands?
There is a lot going on, which is a good thing… Everywhere in europe great bands start to emerge f.i. Cadaveric fumes and skelethal from france, Cryptic brood, revel in flesh and wound from germany, entrapment, massive assault and funeral whore from the netherlands and so on and so on… Its hard to say which one of these bands are my favorite, but the last entrapment album really kicked my ass so to speak
My Favourite Song is Breed of Osteophagia, what is yours?
Tangled in gore… no just kidding Leeches of the cross is my favorite one.
What themes do you touch in your lyrics?
Horror, zombies, tearing people apart, religion, idiots in general… humans are an infinite source of lyrical material for me…
How do you see the current scene of heavy metal in your country?
Im not into the heavy metal scene so I have no clue at all… but when it comes to death metal there are a lot of bands active now. So its a vivid scene here.
What are your future plans?
We are now recording our second ep and besides that doing a lot of gigs. Hope some more in germany, the uk, italy and france also. We’ll see..
How can the fan get your album?
Keep check on our bandcamp site:
The first ep is digitally available and the second ep will also be released in limited edition of 100 copies of cassette tape. So be quick when it is available.
Thank you very much and congratulations for your great work. If you wish to add something, go ahead…
Thank you very much also for your compliment! I would also like to thank our fans who bought our stuff in the past and in the future and go apenuts during our gigs! Thank you so much for the support! Cheers!
Kind regards, Willem(vocalist rotten casket)