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Lay Down Rotten

Formed: 1999
From: Herborn, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Lay Down Rotten News

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Lay Down Rotten Premieres Video

German death machine Lay Down Rotten and Apostasy Records have joined forces with Metal Hammer Germany for the exclusive, worldwide premiere of the video for "The Fever," taken from the band's recently released "Deathspell Catharsis." The video for "The Fever" is now playing at this location and below.

The follow up to 2012's "Mask of Malice," "Deathspell Catharsis" was released on January 24th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, January 27th 2014 in the UK and the rest of Europe and will arrived in North America on February 11th. In May, Lay Down Rotten will hit the road as direct support for Massacre during the German leg of its upcoming tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 6 - Oberhausen @ Resonanzwerk
May 7 - Aalen @ Rock It
May 8 - Hamburg @ Bambi Galore
May 9 - Dresden @ Scheune
May 10 - Siegen @ Vortex



LAY DOWN ROTTEN - The Fever on MUZU.TV.

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Lay Down Rotten Streaming Album's Title Track

In early 2014, German death metal band Lay Down Rotten is going to unveil newest output "Deathspell Catharsis." To shorten the time until the release, you can now listen to the title track in the player below.

The death metal massacre will be unleashed on January 24th, 2014 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, on January 27th in the U.K. and the rest of Europe and on February 11th in North America. More...

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Lay Down Rotten Reveals New Album Track Listing

Lay Down Rotten has revealed the track listing for new album "Deathspell Catharsis," which can be seen below. The album will be released on January 27th, 2014 in Europe and on February 11th in North America.

1. Cassandra's Haunting
2. Deathspell Catharsis
3. Schädelberg
4. The Fever
5. Release Into Nothingness
6. Zombiefied / Electrified
7. Among the Ruins of a Once Glorious Temple
8. Infernal Agony
9. Blood on Wooden Crosses
10. Blasphemous Rituals for the Perverted Flesh More...

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Lay Down Rotten Reveals Album Details

For nearly 15 years, Lay Down Rotten has stood for energetic death metal. Their haunting live-shows at festivals like With Full Force, Rock Harz, Extremefest, Death Feast and Summer Breeze, and shows alongside the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower and Aborted have always grabbed the audience by the balls.

Albums like "Breeding Insanity" (Remission Records), "Gospel Of The Wretched" (Metal Blade Records) and last year's "Mask Of Malice" (Metal Blade Records) have been well-received within the whole scene. Now, it is time for the first sign of life from the band via their new label-home Apostasy Records.

"Deathspell Catharsis" is the name of the new output which was once again produced by the band's confidant Thilo Krieger in his Desert Inn Studio. The new album features artwork by Toshihiro Egewa (Cryptopsy, Defeated Sanity, Krisiun and many more).

The album will be released on January 24th 2014 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; January 27th 2014 in the UK and the rest of Europe; and on February 11th 2014 in North America. More information will be forthcoming.

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Lay Down Rotten Signs To Apostasy Records

Apostasy Records has welcomed German death metallers Lay Down Rotten to its roster. The band has made the following statement regarding the signing:

"After it was quiet for quite a long time with Lay Down Rotten, we can finally spread some news again! First we want to announce that we have signed a new label deal with Apostasy Records! We are really looking forward to working together with Tomasz & Co. to finish a new album as soon as possible. Then, we are naturally working at full stretch on new songs now. A few new shows are already confirmed. Some others will certainly follow for this year!"

Lay Down Rotten is currently at work on the follow up to last year's "Mask of Malice." The band's first album under the Apostasy Records banner is expected to see the light of day in late 2013.

LAY DOWN ROTTEN LIVE:

4/20 - Noise Gegen Armut 5 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete Metal Club
4/27 - Splatterday Night Flavor - Passau, Germany @ Zeughaus
11/23 - Piece Of Loin Fest V - Reutlingen, Germany @ Zelle

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Lay Down Rotten Confirms German Tour

Death metallers Lay Down Rotten have just confirmed a German headlining tour for September under the banner The Coming Death Tour 2012. Support on all shows comes from Damnation Defaced, Discreation, and Voice of Revenge. Dates are as follows:

07/09/12 – DE – Braunschweig – Schweinebärmann
08/09/12 – DE – Rodgau – Krawall Open Air
15/09/12 – DE – Saalfeld – Klubhaus Saal
21/09/12 – DE – Würzburg - Immerhin
22/09/12 – DE – Aalen – Rock It
28/09/12 – DE – Halle - Marktwirtschaft
29/09/12 – DE – Leipzig – Bandhaus
02/10/12 – DE – Hamburg – Bambi Galore

Stay up to date about the tour via Facebook. Lay Down Rotten has also been confirmed to support Cannibal Corpse on the band's upcoming European Torture Tour. More...

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Lay Down Rotten Releases "Hades Resurrected" Video

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten have teamed up with Rock Hard magazine for the worldwide launch of the brand new video clip "Hades Resurrected." Surf over here to check out the music video.

Comments singer Jost Kleinert: "We are back with a new video for the song 'Hades Resurrected.' Witness the unholy ceremony as we celebrate Death Metal in praise of Hades. This is one of the killer tracks from our new album 'Mask Of Malice:' we caught the sinister vibe of the song in a very dark and blaspheme video. Get ready for the new Lay Down Rotten with Kensington Seifert on guitars! Get ready for 'Hades Resurrected!'"

"Hades Resurrected" comes off the band's latest album "Mask Of Malice" that is out now worldwide via Metal Blade Records. The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts "Hades Resurrected" Teaser

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten will release their new album "Mask Of Malice" this coming February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America. Right now Lay Down Rotten is in post-production process for the first video clip in the band's career. Check out video teaser for "Hades Resurrected" below. The video clip will be premiered early March.

Make also sure to surf over to the Lay Down Rotten landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song "Deathchain."

Comments the band: "After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!" More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts New Song Online

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten will release their new album "Mask Of Malice" on February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America through Metal Blade.

In collaboration with Metal Hammer magazine Germany, the second single "The Devil Grins" is now available for streaming. Check out the track at this location. The Lay Down Rotten landing page is also streaming the brand new song "Deathchain" here.

The band stated, "After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!" More...

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Lay Down Rotten Streaming New Song

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten have finished the recordings for their upcoming new album "Mask Of Malice," to be released February 24th in G/A/S, 27th in the rest of Europe and the UK, and 28th in North America.

Metal Blade has now launched a landing page that includes pre-order links as well as the brand new song "Deathchain." Surf over here to check it out.

Comments the band: "After three years we are back at the front with our new album MASK OF MALICE that features 10 death metal grenades! We are honored to present our new guitarist and songwriter Kensington who is responsible for most of the killer riffs on this album. MASK OF MALICE is our darkest record to date concerning both the music and the lyrics. Our main interest was to reflect the nature of human malice in our recent music which express in straight forward up-tempo smashers and pounding mid tempo songs. We are grateful for everyone who was involved in this recording of this album!"

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Lay Down Rotten Enters Studio For Sixth Album

German death metal band Lay Down Rotten is currently in the studio recording the band's sixth offering entitled "Mask of Malice." The album is scheduled for a February 2012 release date through Metal Blade Records and marks the follow up to the 2009 release "Gospel of the Wretched." New tracks include “Deathchain”, “…And Out Come The Wolves”, “Hades Resurrected” and “Swallow The Bitterness”.

The band had the follow comments: “We are almost done recording our sixth album. We recorded at the Desert Inn Studio where we also worked on the last five albums. The new album will be called “Mask of Malice” and it features ten killer tracks that combine the raw dynamics of the typical LAY DOWN ROTTEN sound with the bittersweet melodies of Death Metal hymns you wanna bang your head to!”

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Diabolical Announces Protzen Open Air Performance

Diabolical, which released the "Ars Vitae" album earlier this year, has checked in with the following update about playing the Protzen Open Air festival:

"Diabolical's next live performance will be at Protzen Open Air, June 17th - 19th. Other bands playing are Grave, Interment, Milking the Goatmachine, Lay Down Rotten, etc. Diabolical will play on Friday at 21.00 o'clock."

More information on the Protzen Open Air festival can be found by navigating over to this location.

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Lay Down Rotten Announces New Guitarist

German melodic deathsters Lay Down Rotten have posted a message to their MySpace blog about the departure of old guitarist Daniel Jakobi and the addition of new guitarist Daniel "Kensington" Seifert. Jakobi was the original founder of Lay Down Rotten, but the rest of the band will carry on with the band and name without him. The English translation of the post is as follows:

Hello together,

it's a long time since we postet [sic] some news here, but time didn't stand still and we wanted to give you some news again.

Unfortunately our guitarist Daniel quit the Band for personal reasons.
We are really sorry for that, but it was his decision to leave.

But ... we already found a new guy for his job.
Our old buddy Daniel "Kensington" Seifert is on the axe now !!!!

We already wrote some new songs and we are pleased to present them on the one or another live-show in the future.

You can read the post in English and German at Lay Down Rotten's MySpace blog or their main website. Lay Down Rotten last released a full-length album in 2009, entitled "Gospel Of The Wretched" (reviewed here).

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Disbelief Updates Tour Schedule

Germany's Disbelief has updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:

1/13 2010 Tower BREMEN
1/14 2010 Rockfabrik LUDWIGSBURG
1/15 2010 Blue Box SIEGEN
1/16 2010 Turock ESSEN
1/17 2010 Paradox INGOLSTADT
1/18 2010 Viper Room WIEN
1/19 2010 Z-Bau NÜRNBERG
1/20 2010 Rosenkeller JENA
1/21 2010 Alte Zuckerfabrik ROSTOCK
1/22 2010 Schlachthof EISENACH
1/23 2010 East-Club BISCHOFSWERDA
3/20 2010 Deep Rock Festival Westhausen

All January dates also include Lay Down Rotten and Gorilla Monsoon.

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Disbelief, Lay Down Rotten To Tour Germany

Disbelief, Lay Down Rotten and Gorilla Monsoon will be hitting the road in the new year on the "HELL GOES ON TOUR" 2010. Here are the latest tour dates:

13.01.2010 BREMEN (D) TOWER
14.01.2010 LUDWIGSBURG (D) Rockfabrik
15.01.2010 SIEGEN (D) Blue Box
16.01.2010 ESSEN (D) Turock
17.01.2010 INGOLSTADT (D) Paradox
18.01.2010 WIEN (AT) Viper Room
19.01.2010 NUERNBURG (D) Z-Bau
20.01.2010 JENA (D) Rosenkeller
23.01.2010 BISCHOFSWERDA (D) East Club

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Lay Down Rotten Posts Studio Blog Online

Watch the sixth part of Lay Down Rotten's studio blog on Youtube that shows the band recording their new Death Metal monster Gospel Of The Wretched. This time you can see the guys fooling around.

Gospel Of The Wretched was recorded at the Desert Inn studios in Germany and mixed by the infamous Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath) at Unisound studios in Orebro, Sweden!

Gospel Of The Wretched does not only feature nine songs of supreme Death Metal but also guest appearances by three of the most legendary Death Metal singers in history. “It´s with great pleasure that we can announce the appearances of Martin van Drunen (Hail Of Bullets, Asphyx, Pestilence), Marc Grewe (Morgoth) and Dan Swanö himself on the album. This is like a dream come true for all of us since we grew up listening to those masterpieces they appeared on”, comments Lay Down Rotten guitarist Daniel Jakobi. “This is easily our most ambitious album so far offering the best sound quality of all albums we recorded yet!”

Gospel Of The Wretched will be released digitally in North America on May 12th.

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Lay Down Rotten Posts New Song Online

German death metal band, LAY DOWN ROTTEN, has posted the song, "He Who Sows Hate," off their upcoming album, "Gospel Of The Wretched," on their label's MySpace page. The song can also be downloaded at this location.

The Tracklisting for "Gospel Of The Wreteched" is as follows:

1. Hours Of Infinity
2. Thy Won't Be Done
3. Where Spirits Lie Dead
4. Altering The Whore
5. Conditioning The Weak
6. He Who Sows Hate
7. Beyond Damnation
8. When All Becomes Nothing
9. Gospel of the Wretched More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts Second Video Blog Online

German death metal band, LAY DOWN ROTTEN, have uploaded a second video blog from the studio. Click here and watch guitarists Daniel Jakobi and Nils Förster laying down tunes for the new LAY DOWN ROTTEN album, "Gospel Of The Wretched." "Gospel Of The Wretched" was recorded at the Desert Inn studios in Germany and mixed by the infamous Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath) at Unisound studios in Örebro, Sweden. More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts Drum Recording Video Online

German death metallers Lay Down Rotten have posted a video online of the band recording drum tracks for their upcoming album "Gospel of the Wretched." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Lay Down Rotten Reveals New Album Details

German death metal band LAY DOWN ROTTEN has finished the pre-production for their upcoming new album. Here's an update from LAY DOWN ROTTEN guitar player Daniel Jakobi:

"Howdy! We just finished the pre-production for the successor of our Metal Blade debut 'Reconquering The Pit.' We are really happy about the result and actually can't wait for early December to come to enter the Desert Inn studios and record the new album. The working title for it is 'Katharsis...Or The Principle Of Death,' but this is subject to correction.

"The upcoming album will be quite a challenge for us. For the first time we will mix and master the album outside Germany. We have decided to go to Sweden and let Dan Swanö do the mix and mastering. Some of you might know Dan is my definite Death Metal hero so having him work on the album means a lot to me personally.

"Then we'll have a couple of guest appearances of top-class Death Metal singers on the album. I won't give you names yet, but we are talking about true Death Metal legends from the early days of our beloved music style and I am extremely excited having them on the next LAY DOWN ROTTEN record. We will reveal all those details in the near future so stay tuned and keep an eye on our online studio diary once we have started recordings.

"We will perform a new song called 'Hours Of Infinity' on the 'Darkness Over X-Mass tour' in December so come by, check us out and have a drink with us!" More...

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