Band Photo: Gorerotted (?)
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active
How did this hell on earth start, am I dreaming? Will I awake to find it is all a terrible nightmare? I think not. I am Gorerotted’s manager, biological research engineer and hopefully, one day their funeral director. If anything should happen to me please use alert the authorities and use these few paragraphs here to help save mankind.
First I must take you back to the hot summer of 1997, a disease is spreading through London. This is a new virus, never seen before, its worse than the Black Death / plague outbreak of 1665 and its attracting more rats….
Little did Mr Gore and Fluffy Offalstench know what they were unleashing on the world. If only they hadn’t sat down with that crate of beer to watch a horror movie marathon the world would now be a different place. If only they hadn’t thought ’we could make music like these horror films’ the tragic events of the past six years may never have happened…
Fast forward to present day…
As I speak the disease is spreading fast, it seems unstoppable. Metal Blade records is now infected, is there no hope for humanity….
Somehow the virus has found its way back to the small town of Henley On Thames, on the out skirts of London, were it followed its fimliar path into Philia studios. Despite the brave efforts of producer/engineer Dave Chang (Stamping Ground, Desecration etc) the infected Gorerotted members overran the studio and laid waste to the equipment with unstoppable ferocity. Through the trashed equipment the virus has mutated, its changed into a vile new album ‘ONLY TOOLS AND CORPSES’. This horrible new strain of the disease sees Mr. Gore’s ‘Cockney Oi’ vocals playing off perfectly against Goreskins ‘deep, grindcore slabs of throat’ and Wilson’s high pitched backing vocals giving Gorerotted their own unique sound. This vile plague is a form of splatter/grind/ death Metal with a crusty, punk edge that could only come out of the down trodden slums of London. The musicianship is phenomenal, as is the production, ‘Only Tools and Corpses’ is a 9-song assault on the senses. A ride of intense brutality that will leave your adrenaline pumping and your blood racing, if you have any blood left…
The only hope of a cure is to research this virus known as ‘Gorerotted’ and its history. We need to find out how it started and how it has infected so many people so quickly.
As far as I can gather from my research the virus first showed it self to the public in 1998 with gigs across London. Word had got around about extreme live performances which lead to Gorerotted gaining much publicity when they were featured on a television commercial advertising ‘The Sun’ Tabloid Newspaper. The theme of the advert was ‘lifestyles’ which was run during Feb and March 1998 on terrestrial TV throughout the UK. So now the newspapers and the television had become infected…
With the money earned from the advert recording Gorerotted recorded and released their first demo MCD ‘Her Gash I Did Slash’ (now sold out at 1500 copies). Through this MCD the virus found its way into many magazines, fanzines and radio stations across the world. Only Kerrang magazine tried to resist infection by damning Gorerotted, saying they use Murder, violence and the suffering of others to promote they’re rather shoddy product’. So proud of this quote, Gorerotted had it printed onto the back of T-shirts for the world to see. Kerrang by trying to stop the virus had only help it to spread to more and more people. On the strength of this demo Gorerotted played shows across the UK, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Now the underground scene, magazines, fanzines and radio stations are all infected…
Through press reports and magazine reports I have managed to piece together what happened next. It seems in 2001 after hearing the demo a UK based label Dead Again Records had also become infected. Through Dead Again records Gorerotted released their debut album ‘Mutilated In Minutes’. This album proved to be one of the most extreme and catchy pieces of metal that the UK had vomited in a long time. This was also producer Dave Chang’s first experience with the foul disease that is Gorerotted. Around this time reports of the virus had again started to appear across Europe, the infected members of Gorerotted had been seen playing live in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria and the UK. Gorerotted laid waste to the German festival ‘Fuck The Commerce’ in May 2001 where they shared the stage with Exhumed, Cryptopsy, Regurgitate and many more. Gorerotted were hailed as the best band of the whole festival and so the virus spread further and further.
2002 saw ‘Mutilated In Minutes’ being re-released with new artwork, in Europe by Dead Again and by Relapse Records for the rest of the world. The re-release saw ‘Mutilated in Minutes’ being awarded number 7 gore metal album of all time in Terrrorizer Magazine ‘Gore’ issue 98. Only Carcass, Repulsion, Death and Autopsy had higher-ranking albums than Gorerotted. The ‘Gore’ Issue also saw Mr Gore interviewed selecting his top ten horror movies of all time. Unknown to Terrorizer they had just helped Gorerotted destroy more lives by promoting the very films that started this nightmare.
2002 also sees more and more reports of a strange gang of drunken zombies appearing at live venues across Europe. Again from my press clippings and police reports I have learnt that Gorerotted were now headlining festivals like Extreme Justice Festival (Holland), ‘Hacksore Festival’ (Germany), ‘Soul Grinding festival’ (France) and ‘Death and Grind Fest’ (Holland). They also appeared as one of the main bands at the Obscene Extreme festival (Czech Republic) with Pungent Stench, Rotten Sound, Aborted and Sinister. The last part of the 2002 saw the UK and Ireland finally succumbing fully to the disease when Gorerotted hit the road with Nile and Sinister as part of the ‘Nile’ UK tour.
The few people who have survived a Gorerotted live show tell me that it is a horrific event. The early days saw Gorerotted naked torsos dripping blood. Now in 2004 with their Rock and Roll antics Gorerotted can only be described as Iron Maiden, The Sex Pistols or Motley Crue playing death metal.
Now days sees Gorerotted put on a type of show that they themselves would want to see. During a typical live show, the unsuspecting audience is guided through a savage journey of gore and screams and bone crushing music and violent mosh pits and gore and screams and bone crushing music and violent mosh pits and gore and screams and bone crushing music and violent mosh pits and screams and screams…….They are Barbaric and insane and never fail to murder any audience that witnesses them.
Early 2003 saw the release of the only split CD Gorerotted have done. Never before had the virus attached itself in such a destructive way to other bands. This split saw it team up with GRUESOME STUFF RELSIH and GRONIBARD for a CD titled ‘Split Your Guts’ on Deepsend records. Gorerotted recorded again with Dave Chang at the now rebuilt Philia studio. The virus this time took the form of one new track ‘Fuck Your Arse With Broken Glass’ and two re-recorded tracks from the ‘her Gash I Did Slash’ demo, ‘Limb By Limb’ and ‘Carrion Smelling’. This split gave fans a taster of what was to come on ‘Only Tools and Corpses’ and also released the foulness of those demo tracks on an audience who could not get them anymore.
As I write these, maybe my last words the virus is on the move again. Only a few weeks ago, during November 2003 it spread through Europe attaching itself to the Pungent Stench / Gorerotted ‘A Splatterday Night’ tour. We can only guess at the numbers of infected now roaming the streets after seeing Gorerotted live. I fear the end is near, Gorerotted are already confirmed for the Summer Breeze (Germany) and Party San (Germany) festivals in August 2004. They also have plans for another European tour, a music video and DVD. How much longer can we all survive the Gorerotted onslaught...
Latest Gorerotted News
Below is our complete Gorerotted news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Unique Leader Records have announced the signing of UK extreme metallers INFECTED DISARRAY:
"Infected Disarray have been a cult band in the underground since 2000 but left behind their side-project status in recent years to move to the forefront of the UK scene. Moving schizophrenically between savage blasting and moments of crushing heaviness, extremity is the ultimate goal. The band are now ready to release their debut album, 'Disseminating Obscenity' on Unique Leader Records. The group's ranks also include members of DETRIMENTUM, ex-GOREROTTED, BEEF CONSPIRACY, BRAINCHOKE and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE along with the owners of Grindethic Records."
THE ROTTED (previously known as GOREROTTED) have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:
June 14 - Cambridge, UK @ Barfly w/ Trigger The Bloodshed
July 2 - Manchester, UK @ Music Box w/ Ted Maul
July 3 - Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks w/ Ted Maul
July 4 - Nottingham, UK @ Junktion 7 w/ Ted Maul
July 5 - London, UK @ Bar Academy w/ Ted Maul
July 6 - Newport, UK @ TJs w/ Ted Maul
August 1 - Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
August 13 - Dinkelsbühl, GER @ Summer Breeze Open Air
The UK's GOREROTTED have decided to take the big step of changing their name to THE ROTTED. According to a press release: "Having worked so hard on their new album Get Dead Or Die Trying, the lads felt that due to the huge progression they've made from previous releases musically and lyrically and after frequent line-up changes that this was the only right thing to do. "
Says frontman Ben McCrow: "The motives behind what we were doing with Gorerotted have changed over the years, and as a mark of respect for what we achieved, for previous band members and for fans, we didn't feel it was right to continue under our previous monicker. This album is gonna blow people away, I couldn't even classify it for you if I tried, all I can say is its heavy as fuck, catchy as hell and a piece of work we're all incredibly proud of. People have been affectionally referring to us as The Rotted for some time now, so it seemed like a decent change to us."
London based death metallers, Gorerotted, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"The boys have literally just entered Parlour Sounds Studios with Producers Russ Russell and James Dunkley to begin production on Geat Dead Or Die Trying, and I'll be joining them in a few weeks to lay down some vocals. We're incredibly excited to be working with these reputable gentlemen and also to lay down our most accomplished, diverse and strongest material to date. I'll try and update how it's going from time to time, I aint gonna fill this page with irrelevant shite though, you can ask us more on our forum if you want (see link on main page) cos we'll try and check in there from time to time."
"Respect to you all,
Gorerotted, a death metal band hailing from England, have posted the following blog on the band's MySpace:
"Gorerotted have parted ways with drummer Jon Rushforth. It was a hard decision for us to make and it wasn't a personal issue at all. In the end it came down to time commitments and professionalism. You will still be able to hear Jon's drumming skills through his other bands Infected Disarray, Hades Lab and Detrimentum. We wish him the best of luck with all his bands and Grindethic Records. The new drummer is to be Nate Gould of UK weirdoes Screamin' Daemon fame. Rehearsals and writing are already underway with Nate for Gorerotted's 4th album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying', to be released summer 2008. People will be blown away when they hear the new material we've been working on over the last few weeks! Nate is a great guy and an amazing drummer so it's really cool to have him on board."
Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
PRIMORDIAL, GOREROTTED, POWERWOLF and AUTUMN are the latest bands confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.
Gorerotted has given the following update on their new bassist:
"After playing the Summer Festivals as a four piece we are pleased to announce our new guitarist is Gian Pyres of ex-Cradle of Filth fame. Says Tim 'Rotted 'He is a great guitarist and I've been playing with Gian in our project 'The Fear' for a while now so he was natural choice to step into Matt's piss soaked shoes'. Gian played with Cradle from 1996 to 2002 and has also appeared on Christian Death and Extreme Noise Terror albums. Says Gian "It’s fucking great to hook up with such a bunch of proper wankers, it will be Ace!!"
Gorerotted are well into writing their 4th full length album 'Get Dead or Die Trying'. Recording is scheduled for next spring with a release date planned for summer 2008. Songs set to be included, alongside the title track are 'The Howling', 'Angel Of Meth', 'It's Like There's A Party In My Mouth And Everyone's Being Sick', 'Coping With A Botched Strapadictomy', 'Fear And Loathing In Ipswich Town Centre', 'Kissing You With My Fists' and 'The Body Tree'.
In other news, the band got locked out of their old Myspace account and started a new page at myspace.com/gorerottedmetal.
As previously reported, earlier this summer, Gorerotted parted ways with guitarist Matt “Robin Pants” Hoban, who continues in his new band THE AGONYST.
U.K. death metallers/grinders GOREROTTED have parted ways with guitarist Matt “Robin Pants” Hoban.
Commented Hoban: “Well, people, after six long years of hangovers and vomiting I have decided to call it a day and part ways with GOREROTTED. I wish the boys great success for the future and would like to thank everyone I ever met at shows for being cool, especially the ones that let me smoke all their weed before being told to fuck off.”
The band added: “We wish Matt all the best for the future and with his new band THE AGONYST. He’ll always be our bro and as he said, to us he left on a high note having just played our first-ever show on American soil. We’ll play the upcoming festival shows as a four-piece until a suitable replacement is found, when we’ll continue the writing of our fourth album ‘Get Dead Or Die Trying‘. You can catch us at the Waldrock festival in Holland, Kaltenbach in Austria and Brutal Assault in Czech Republic playing alongside such greats as TESTAMENT, MESHUGGAH, NAPALM
The running order has been confirmed for this year's highly anticipated Maryland Deathfest V, which will take place on May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The running order is as follows: More...
The fourth annual Maryland Death line up has been announced. The festival will take place May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The line up thus far is as follows:
BRUTAL TRUTH (New York)
DEAD INFECTION (Poland)
EXTREME NOISE TERROR (England)
CRIPPLE BASTARDS (Italy)
ROTTEN SOUND (Finland)
COCK AND BALL TORTURE (Germany)
FUCK THE FACTS (Canada)
JIGSORE TERROR (Sweden)
NUNWHORE COMMANDO 666 (Germany)
LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER (Spain)
FLAGITIOUS IDIOSYNCRASY IN THE DILAPIDATION (Japan)
U.K. extreme metal lunatics GOREROTTED have been confirmed as main support for both the CRYPTOPSY and OBITUARY U.K. tours.
Commented vocalist Ben: "Yeah, we're really looking forward to getting back on the road, our last show was in October 2005 so we're all fired up and restless! Along with SEPULTURA and ANTHRAX, OBITUARY are one of the bands that got me into death metal when I was like 12 or something so it's gonna be an honour to share the stage with those fellas, and CRYPTOPSY are probably the best death metal band going right now so who else better could we hope to tour with!? Can't fuckin wait! See you all soon, motherfuckers gonna be drinkin till we're stinkin innit!"
OBITUARY / GOREROTTED / GOJIRA - UK Tour 2006:
Jun. 11 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Jun. 12 - TBC - UK
Jun. 13 - Soundhaus - Glasgow, SCO
CRYPTOPSY / GOREROTTED / SHE SAID DESTROY / SYLOSIS - UK and Ireland Tour 2006:
Aug. 12 - Ghostfest (Cockpit) - Leeds, UK
Aug. 13 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Aug. 14 - Roadkill 350 - Liverpool, UK
Aug. 15 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, IRE
Aug. 16 - Temple Bar Music Veneu - Dublin, IRE
Aug. 17 - Barfly - Glasgow, SCO
Aug. 18 - Edwards No 8 - Birmingham, UK
Aug. 19 - Underworld - London, UK
Aug. 20 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
Polish death metallers DECAPITATED will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland on August 1 with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski to begin recording their new album, entitled "Organic Hallucinosis". The follow-up to 2004's "The Negation" will feature artwork and layout by Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST) and is tentatively scheduled for release in January/February 2006.
DECAPITATED will embark on a European headlining tour in September, with support from GOREROTTED, DETONATION and DAM. A U.S. tour with VADER and DEW-SCENTED will follow in November.
DECAPITATED recently parted ways with vocalist Sauron and replaced him with Covan, formerly of ATROPHIA RED SUN.
Gorerotted are confirmed as special guest for the Decapitated tour beginning September 9 to 29. The tour will take our favourite zombieheads all over Europe. There will be another two support bands added to the line-up.
EXTREME metallers GOREROTTED head up the latest batch of bands announced for the maiden Damnation Festival. The self proclaimed “obscene purveyors of gore and filth” join a powerful bill which boasts a ferocious mix of talent, from death to good old fashion power metal. The nasty looking six-piece will tear up the Satan-sponsored Music Box Stage with live favourites CONQUEST OF STEEL.
Goth fans are in for a treat with symphonic metallers MERCURY RAIN playing Damnation before setting off on a European tour with Therion and Tristania in November. And to make sure proceedings are opened in suitable style, Wakefield’s finest extreme five piece, NAILED, and death metal upstarts DAWN OF CHAOS will travel from the North East to share their hatred with the locals.
For those who prefer straight up, clean-cut, no-nonsense metal, the Jilly’s Stage will host a sterling line up which already sees two of the finest UK live acts PANIC CELL and FOURWAYKILL primed and ready.
The finest hardcore Manchester has to offer; ALLERJEN, will open the day, before making way for Essex’s sublime FOREVER NEVER, who will no doubt be gracing much bigger stages across the UK before long. More...
Gorerotted have announced the release of their latest album, "A New Dawn for the Dead" through Metal Blade Records on June 13th. This is their third full length and it demonstrates a subtle but welcome turning point for the band. Bassist/vocalist Wilson elaborates, "This album is a new chapter for us. Its still has the same 'Gorerotted'-humour and extreme grooves, but it's developed and grown into something evil-er and uglier than ever!" Lyrics have followed this new path with subjects ranging from murder to voodoo and from psychotic violence to drink and drug abuse.
After one and a half years touring "Only Tools and Corpses", the band have condensed the ferocity and the atmosphere of their live performance into a more complex record. "For the first time we used our live sound engineer and a new studio for recording and its complemented our vision nicely". 'A New Dawn For The Dead' was recorded at Aexxys-Art studio (Schwandorf, Germany) engineered by Markus Roedl, mixed by Stephan Fimmers (Necrophagist) and mastered by Tim Turan (Status Quo, Marilyn Manson, Emperor, Discharge) at Turan Audio.
Artwork for the album is handled by the infamous UK artist Mick Kenny. The limited edition release will feature a bonus DVD featuring live tracks taken from Summer Breeze Open-air festival, the "Only Tools And Corpses" video and some other cool extras. Guitarist Tim (Fluffy) elaborates "The live tracks from Summer Breeze are really cool, huge stage and great audience!. Theres no fancy edits so you get to see a 'real' Gorerotted show complete with drunken fuck-ups and Ben Goreskin and Wilson talking utter shit, I hope people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed playing it!".
"A New Dawn For The Dead" tracklisting: More...
British Death metallers GOREROTTED will fly out to Aexxys-Art Studio (Munich, Germany) to begin recording "A New Dawn For The Dead", their highly anticipated third album. For the first time GOREROTTED will move from their usual studio to work with longtime live sound engineer Markus Roedl on the new material.
Artwork for "A New Dawn For The Dead" will be handled by artist Mick Kenny (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, NAPALM DEATH). The album is scheduled for release in June 2005 via Metal Blade Records.
Vocalist Ben Goreskin had these words to say on the subject: More...
Metal Blade Records report that GOREROTTED have parted ways with Mr. Gore. They will continue as a five piece until a suitable replacement is found. Remaining vocalist Goreskin and bass player Wilson will handle the high vocals between them for all upcoming festival shows and club gigs.
Gorerotted recently performed at the Kaltenbach open air festival (Austria) as a five piece when Mr. Gore was forced to stay in the UK because of family problems. Anyone who witnessed this show will tell you Gorerotted still fucking destroy as a live band!!!
Vocalist Goreskin has this to say, 'It's like the end of an era losing Mr. Gore, he's been in Gorerotted from the start and was the utter cunt that roped me into singing with him in the first place. Still, he needs to go, it's time to move on and look to the future. Anyway there's still a bunch of ladies in London he hasn't done yet, so at least he'll be able to put his full energy into banging broads again. It's quite nice really, just like releasing a caged animal back into the wild.”
Upcoming Gorerotted live dates include: More...