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Formed: 1993
From: Vaasa, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rotten Sound News

Below is our complete Rotten Sound 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.

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Maryland Deathfest Names 45 More Acts For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.

Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.

The freshly named act list is:

The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Centinex (Sweden)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Crypt Sermon
Demonical (Sweden)
Demonic Christ
Deranged (Sweden)
Discharge (UK)
Dopethrone (Canada)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
Ground More...

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At the Gates and Rotten Sound Destroy Helsinki

I arrived at the venue early, picking my way over snow that had turned to treacherously slippery ice in the weak Saturday sun. Moving through the now familiar steps of collecting my photo-pass, putting my winter layers in at the cloakroom, and trailing upstairs to the main venue area, I suddenly felt a burst of homesickness.

Rotten Sound is a Finnish deathgrind band originally from Vaasa. If you haven’t heard of them, you might have heard of their former drummer, Kai Hahto. They are intense, they are in your face and they are addictive to see live. The area in front of the stage was half-filled with enthusiastic fans, giving an illusion to not many people being at the venue yet. However, the small stage-level bar was
already packed and the railings of the balcony bar were filled.


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Rotten Sound Releases "Peace" Video

Fresh off latest EP "Species At War," Rotten Sound has released a fan-made animated music video for the track “Peace” via MetalInjection.net.

The video was directed and animated by Janne Kauranen and can be viewed below.

The Finnish grind gods also previously released a lyric video for “Salvation” which can be viewed here. The group is currently writing a new full-length and follow-up to 2011's "Cursed." More...

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Rotten Sound Streaming Full New EP

Rotten Sound's new EP "Species at War" is due out this coming Friday (January 18th) in Europe and Tuesday (January 22nd) in North America.

The website of Finnish magazine Inferno is now streaming all six songs right now, which you can hear at this location.

In other news, the band will tour Asia and Australia in April. Dates are as follows:

04 Apr 13 Bangkok (TH) TBA
05 Apr 13 Ho Chi Mihn (VN) Darts Darts Darts Club
06 Apr 13 Jakarta (ID) Obscene Extreme Festival Asia
07 Apr 13 Bali (ID) Katulebo Moshpit Area
09 Apr 13 Sydney (AU) Bald Faced Stag
11 Apr 13 Auckland (NZ) Rising Sun
12 Apr 13 Wellington (NZ) Bodega
13 Apr 13 Melbourne (AU) Obscene Extreme Festival Australia
14 Apr 13 Perth (AU) Amplifire More...

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Rotten Sound Streaming New Song

Finnish grindcore maniacs Rotten Sound have released another new track, entitled “Peace,” from their upcoming six song EP "Species At War." Check out "Peace" via MetalSucks.net here.

The album was self-recorded at Nordic Audio Labs earlier this summer and mixed / mastered by drummer Sami Latva at Latva Studios. The EP will see a release on January 22nd via Relapse Records in North America on CD/LP/Digital.

A previously released lyric video for the song “Salvation” can also be viewed at this location. The track listing for "Species At War" is:

1. Cause
2. The Game
3. War
4. The Solution
5. Salvation
6. Peace

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Rotten Sound Posts "Salvation" Lyric Video

Finnish grindcore act Rotten Sound posted a lyric video for the new track "Salvation."

The song appears on the band's new EP "Species At War," which will be released on January 18th, 2013 in Europe through Season of Mist and January 22, 2012 in North America through Relapse in the following formats: CD, etched vinyl and digital.

The track listing for "Species At War" is:

1. Cause
2. The Game
3. War
4. The Solution
5. Salvation
6. Peace

Check out "Salvation" here:

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Rotten Sound Releasing New EP

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about inking a new deal with Rotten Sound:

"Season of Mist is thrilled to welcome Finnish grindcore maniacs Rotten Sound to its European roster! The band’s label debut will be a brand new EP entitled 'Species at War,' self-recorded at Nordic Audio Labs earlier this summer and mixed / mastered by drummer Sami Latva at Latva Studios. 'Species at War' will be released on January 18th, 2013 on CD, etched vinyl and digital."

The track listing is:

1. Cause
2. The Game
3. War
4. The Solution
5. Salvation
6. Peace

"Finding a strong label to release the EP and next full-length in Europe was our priority for this year,” vocalist Keijo Niinimaa comments. “We are very excited about this deal with Season of Mist and we can't wait to get back on the road with the EP. Take a deep breath, get exhausted with ‘Species at War’ and see you at the shows!” More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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Rotten Sound Announces "Grind Over Europe" Tour

Finnish grindcore stalwarts Rotten Sound have announced the Grind Over Europe Tour 2012. Set to kick off on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain, the band will mercilessly tear through 16 cities over a three week period with label-mates Exhumed and powerviolence wrecking crew Magrudergrind. A full list of tour dates is available below.

Rotten Sound will be touring in support of the band's latest album "Cursed," issued in early 2011 via Relapse Records. The album can currently be streamed in its entirety at this location. Bassist Kristian Toivainen commented on the upcoming dates:

"It has been almost a year since we last toured properly in Europe so we are really excited to get back on the road especially as we have such a great bands as Exhumed and Magrudergrind as our companions. This is the "true Grindcore" tour we have been hoping to take part in and we are also hitting some new places we haven't played before. So we are expecting fast music, great shows, long drives and crazy parties with old and new friends!"

The complete list of upcoming Rotten Sound tour dates is as follows (Grind Over Europe Tour 2/24 – 3/10): More...

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Relapse Records Posts New Podcast

A new Relapse Records podcast has been posted online and is now available by heading over to the Relapse website at this location.

This is the 14th installment of the new label podcasts that will be posted every month, highlighting brand new songs from Relapse artists, exclusive interviews, and classic Relapse tracks.

This month's podcast, as sponsored by MetalInjection.net, features an exclusive interview with David Davidson of Revocation who talks about the band's brand new album "Chaos of Forms" and upcoming U.S. tour alongside Chimaira.

The podcast also includes exclusive new music from Brutal Truth, Rotten Sound, Dying Fetus, and more.

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Hails And Horns Giving Away Free Summer Comp

Not new, but it's never too late to get free music: Like Hails and Horns on Facebook to download their 27-song "Screams of Summer Comp 2011."

The "Screams of Summer Comp 2011" tracklisting is as follows:

1. SUICIDE SILENCE – “You Only Live Once”
2. ARCH ENEMY – “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone”
3. JUNGLE ROT – “Rise And Revolt”
4. RED FANG – “Wires”
5. ROTTEN SOUND – “Self”
6. ALL SHALL PERISH – “Divine Illusion”
7. WARBRINGER – “Living Weapon”
8. AFTER THE BURIAL – “Sleeper”
9. AMORPHIS – “You I Need”
10. BLACKGUARD – “Firefight”
11. PATHOLOGY – “Code Injection”
12. OBSCURA – “Euclidean Elements”
13. RINGS OF SATURN – “Seized And Devoured”
15. PERIPHERY – “Frak The Gods”
16. CYNIC – “Wheels Within Wheels”
17. FINNTROLL – “Solsagan”
18. WORLD UNDER BLOOD – “God Amongst The Waste”
19. LOCK UP – “Life Of Devastation”
20. EXHUMED – “Funereality”
21. TOXIC HOLOCAUST – “Judgment Awaits You”
22. BENIGHTED – “Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”
23. SEPTIC FLESH – “The Vampire From Nazareth”
24. DECAPITATED – “Homo Sun”
25. GENERAL SURGERY – “The Succulent Aftermath Of A Subdural”
26. WATAIN – “Reaping Death”
27. HAMMERFALL – “One More Time”

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Rotten Sound Posts Bonus Track Online

Rotten Sound has posted "Injure," one of the bonus tracks from the Japanese and deluxe digital editions of the "Cursed" album, online now through the band's Facebook page. Head over here to check out "Injure."

"Cursed" was released this past March debuting at #25 on the official Finnish album charts and at #7 on the Rumba Magazine chart. Rotten Sound is also streaming "Cursed" in its entirety at this location.

Rotten Sound performed at Tuska Open Air Festival this past weekend in front of nearly 28,000 metal fans in Helsinki, Finland. The band is confirmed as among the headliners for the Dark River Festival set to take place the weekend of August 12th in Kotka, Finland.

A previously uploaded video interview with Rotten Sound is also available by navigating here.

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Japan's Kabuto Metal Festival Cancelled

The Haunted reports that the Kabuto Metal Festival that was to take place in Japan in May has been cancelled by the organizers due to the situation resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in early March. Bands who were to participate in the fest included:

White Side: Story of the Year, Thursday, Underoath, envy, Architects, Meaning, and Crossfaith

Dark Side: Morbid Angel, The Haunted, Ihsahn, Origin, Rotten Sound, and Leprous

"We hope to come back to Japan later this year," states The Haunted. The band still plans to play their Australian dates as well as their appearance in Bangkok, however.

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Enthrallment To Play Obscene Extreme 2011

Bulgarian death metal band Enthrallment will be performing at the upcoming Obscene Extreme 2011 festival, which takes place in the Czech Republic from July 7th - 9th.

Other bands confirmed for the show include Brujeria, Brutal Truth, The Rotted, Rotten Sound, Benediction, Entombed, Lock Up, Inhumate, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

Enthrallment also recently entered the recording studio to begin laying down tracks for the band's new album "The People From The Lands Of Vit." Further information is available here.

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Rotten Sound Video Interview Available

MetalInjection.net recently spoke with Rotten Sound front man Keijo Niinimaa, who discussed the history of the band, as well as the history of the Finnish metal scene. We also learn about the concept behind the band's most recent release, "Cursed" and more. Check out the clip below.

Click Here To Watch The Video

Rotten Sound also recently posted the new song "Choose" online through Metalunderground.com. Click here to check out the track.

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Rotten Sound Updates European Tour

Rotten Sound kicked off the band's "Cursed To Tour" headlining European tour this weekend in Germany. This month-long tour, in support of the group's brand new album "Cursed," also includes Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, and Haust. Following this tour, Rotten Sound will head to Japan for the Kabuto Metal Fest alongside Morbid Angel and The Haunted.

"Cursed" debuted at #25 on the official Finnish album charts and at #7 on the Rumba Magazine chart. The music video for "Hollow" can also be viewed here, or you can catch the band live on the following dates:

04/04/11 Prague, Czech Republic Exit Chmelnice w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/05/11 Bratislava, Slovenia Randal Club w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/06/11 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/07/11 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/08/11 Mezzago, Italy Bloom w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/09/11 Rome, Italy Init w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/10/11 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21 w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/11/11 Paris, France Le Glaz’Art w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/12/11 London, United Kingdom Underworld w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/13/11 Plymouth, United Kingdom The White Rabbit w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate
04/14/11 Colchester, United Kingdom Arts Center w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate
04/15/11 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Club w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/16/11 Sneek, Netherlands Bolwerk
04/17/11 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/18/11 Lyngby, Denmark Templet w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/19/11 Gothenburg, Sweden Henriksberg w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/21/11 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/22/11 Turku, Finland Klubi w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/23/11 Jyvaskyla, Finland Lutakko
04/24/11 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
05/21/11 Osaka/Namba, Japan Hatch w/ Morbid Angel, The Haunted, etc as part of Kabuto Metal Fest

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Barren Earth Posts Final Road Report

Keyboardist Kasper Martenson of Finnish act Barren Earth has checked in with the following final road report from the band's recent North American shows with Rotten Sound and Finntroll:

"Last week somebody knocked on the door of the bus. It was a drunken man who was looking for his friend. We heard that this missing friend was dressed merely in a Finnish flag, and didn’t speak any English. We were asked if this friend was in the bus. He wasn’t. We were asked if we’d seen him. We hadn’t. We were then asked to tell this lost friend, should we see him, to go to the venue. Since the lost friend didn’t speak any English, I don’t know how we were expected to accomplish this. Anyway, this man came over again and again, drunkenly slurring exactly the same things. The point of irritation was reached, after which we chose to ignore him and locked the door.

"A bit later there was somebody at the door again. Peering out the window into the dark night, I saw a figure of a shirtless man, who had a cloth of sorts around his head. ‘Oh, no! It’s the missing friend of the annoying person. This is trouble!’ I refused to open the door, and went back to the lounge. As the knocking continued louder than before, I returned to the door window to have a second look. And then it dawned upon me. It was not the missing friend, but Mathias from Finntroll returning from their gig, with a towel wrapped around his head, shivering in the cold, wondering why I had refused to open the door for him. I had a bit of explaining to do…

"After Philadelphia, the 3 remaining shows were Springfield in Virginia, and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina. It seems to be very hard for us to make decisions. In Springfield our playing time was scheduled for 19:45-20:15. At 19:38 we were told that we could start right away, if we wanted to play for 7 extra minutes. We decided to start right away, but by the time we had eventually agreed upon which would be the extra song, it was already 19:44…

"In Charlotte, the posters for the gig announced not 4 but 5 bands, the fifth being Moonsorrow. Weird, that, since obviously Moonsorrow would not be appearing. Even weirder, considering that Barren Earth’s only official member of Moonsorrow, Marko, had left for Europe the previous day, handing the drumsticks over to Finntroll’s Beast Dominator. Though very different in style compared with Marko, he played very well, and the gig went smoothly. We even did a record for the amount of CDs sold per gig. Well done, Beasty D! More...

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Rotten Sound Premieres New Song, "Choose"

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive track premiere of Rotten Sound's "Choose," which you can stream in the player below. "Choose" is off the Finnish grind band's upcoming album, entitled "Cursed," which is due out on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs.

You can pre-order "Cursed" now.

The band has released videos for "Hollow" and "Self" this year already, and is streaming other tracks from "Cursed" on the Rotten Sound MySpace page.

Here is the track listing for "Cursed":

1. Alone
2. Superior
3. Self
4. Choose
5. Hollow
6. Ritual
7. Green
8. Machinery
9. Power
10. Plan
11. Declare
12. Addict
13. Exploit
14. Terrified
15. Scared

Rotten Sound is currently wrapping up a tour with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth, and will
head overseas to tour Europe with Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust.

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Barren Earth Posts 12th Tour Diary

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth is currently on the road in North America for tour dates alongside Rotten Sound and Finntroll. The band has now checked in with the following 12th entry of the band's tour diary:

"On Saturday morning we were approaching Chicago. The mood in the lounge of the bus was one of impatience, as once more the toilet door had gotten jammed. About 20 minutes earlier the driver had said that we were 20 minutes away from our destination. But as we were only in the outskirts of the city and the traffic was heavy, it was obvious that it would take more than 20 minutes (and had, in fact, already taken). To make matters worse, a bit later both buses happened to drive down a narrow street, only to find that we were facing a bridge too low for us to go under. We had no choice but to reverse back the way we came from, and try to find space for turning around. Just to make it clear: reversing a bus on a narrow street, accompanied by honking horns and abuse from road-raged drivers whilst desperately needing to use the toilet is not the ideal way to enter Chicago for the first time. But on this particular morning, this was the type of entry that fate had bestowed upon us, and who are we to act in defiance of fate?

"On a more positive note, the show at Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago was sold out. Unfortunately, some people who had come specifically to see us, were left outside. If it was any consolation, we did give them our autographs; with our shaky handwriting.

"As Chicago is a city of blues, as well as the city of The Blues Brothers, we decided to go listening to some blues. We had no idea where to find a good blues club. But somebody pointed out that maybe, just maybe, one could find blues at The House Of Blues. And we did, courtesy of the excellent Jimmy Burns Band.

"Upon returning to our bus, we heard strange news: some people in our entourage were to change buses. Stories relating to buses on this journey would deserve a blog of their own. Both buses have been constantly experiencing technical problems, buses have been exchanged, drivers have been changed, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes involuntarily, and now this. For various reasons, some people from the ‘party bus’ had aspirations to move to the ‘silent bus’ and vice versa. As a result, our bus currently consists of Barren Earth, Rotten Sound, 4/6 of Finntroll and the drum tech, while the other bus consists of Ensiferum, 2/6 of ‘Troll, and the rest of the crew. Can you, o reader, guess which one is the ‘party bus’?

"In Detroit we had the pleasure of doing a bit of sight-seeing with a friend of Mikko’s as our guide, although sight-seeing is perhaps not the best word to describe it, since the heavy snowfall meant very low visibility. But at least we could feel the city. Detroit seemed like a ghost town, as we drove around the abandoned houses of the city on Sunday, amid the ever-present snowfall. We were taken to see the Heidelberg Project, which is an outdoors art installation. Gloomy, sullen and even macabre, but impressive nonetheless. More...

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Rotten Sound Posts "Hollow" Video

Rotten Sound has debuted the video for “Hollow," which is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Cursed," online now through the Decibel Magazine blog. “Hollow” was directed by Casper Haugegaard for Jawbreaker Productions, and can be viewed below. Rotten Sound also previously posted the live video for “Self," also taken from "Cursed," online at this location. "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally.

The upcoming Rotten Sound tour dates are as follows: More...

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