Rotten – Cryptic Catacombs

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Death metal in its heyday achieved an atmosphere: an impending sense of demise from impersonal forces beyond the listener’s control. Technique was used to achieve this, but mechanical dexterity was not the end objective of an album – which is where many modern death metal bands go astray. This, coupled with crystal-clear production, often creates a product which evokes no sensation beyond being pummeled with a digital baseball bat. Fortunately, the real “underground resistance” against this monstrosity still exists.

The first demo from Rotten, a solo project from the vocalist of Avulsed, shows a denial of all contemporary aural standards in a return to Joined in Darkness style riffing. Recorded “live from the sewer” production showcases intense lumbering melodies alternating between longer power-chord notes and tremolo picking; which trades rhythmic motion off from the guitars to the drums, creating a “push-pull” effect elongating each melody and strengthening its texture.

The incorporation of synth elements – including programmed drums, strengthens the demo’s inhuman sensation, embodying a subterranean force manifesting itself among human civilization. Simultaneously familiar and foreign, this demo represents a strong foundation from which further works may arise.

Released only on cassette, interested parties may order through the project’s website.

2 thoughts on “Rotten – Cryptic Catacombs

  1. Anton Reisenegger says:

    Legendary proto death metal band from Chile, the great PENTAGRAM recently released their debut album titled THE MALEFICE. Released as a double cd which includes their demo material re-recorded.

    listen to the full album here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tUxLnNTMQQ

    PENTAGRAM INTERVIEWS:

    http://www.avenoctum.com/2013/10/interview-pentagram-chile/

    http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/interviews.php?intid=337

  2. Church says:

    This demo is excellent. Would love to read an interview with Mr Rotten ;)

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