Could you give a brief
history of the band and it’s members? What do you guys do outside the band
Allright. Well, we
started in the fall of 1992. Since then, we’ve had 3 demos: “Christcrusher”,
“Human Race Liquidation”, and “Drown In Rotting Flesh”. We played numerous
shows, with such bands as: Mundane, Oppessor, Incantation, Kataklysm,
Suffocation, and many others. Myself (Kory), I do the vocals. Jeff White
does guitar. And Keith Devry plays drums. At the moment we have two guys
(Derek and James) helping out. I can’t speak for anyone else in the band
for entertainment outside the band. I’m into horror movies, wrestling,
drinking beer and young girls(you sick bastard you!! ha -Dale).
What’s the scene like in
the Newmarket area ? Also, I know you did a few shows with
Gorguts/Opressor on their mini-tour of Canada. How was that? Finally, a
mini-tour promoted by yourselves which was to include Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec and a few stateside dates, did this happen yet???.
I’m not sure what the
scene is like here in Newmarket yet. We really haven’t actually played a
show here yet. I do know a lot of people here are into the heavier side of
music. We’re planning on playing a heavy music fest here soon. We done one
in Barrie two years back, and shit loads turned out. The Opressor/Gorguts
thing was pretty cool. The mini-tour promoted by ourselves has not happened
yet, but will soon!(I am quite sure it has not happened still as of yet
How many copies of the
last demo “Drown In Rotting Flesh” sold thus far? How have individual
buyers reacted to it? How was the recording process of “D.I.R.F.” like?
And, what did the recording costs amount to???.
An actual number is
unknown, but it is quite a bit. The reaction from buyers has been great!
Most people that have wrote have said “D.I.R.F.” is fucking brutal stuff.
The recording process was only like 3 days to record and one and a half to
mix and master. The recording cost like 800 dollars. It’s a totally
different story with our album coming out. So far we have been in the
studio for like over two month’s! (Fuck! Who do you think you are,
Metallica? ha ha -Dale).
What do you think when
people say the “death metal is dead or dying out”? Or is it more like the
trendies are (both fans and bands) leaving or jumping onto the next
bandwagon (i.e. hardcore/punk or black metal)? I think the scene is that
much stronger for it (the trendies leaving I mean)!!!.
There is no fucking way
death metal is dead! Yeah, it has slowed down a lot (for now) I will
agree. I think the big problem is the press (such as one American mag I
won’t mention) talking so much shit. Maybe if they’d just shut their
mouths, it wouldn’t be as bad. I do think death metal will come back as
strong a force on the music scene again within the next two years.
What are some of the
bands that influenced Rotting in the early days, and what are you personally
into these days? Also, on a completely different note, what do you think of
Displeased Records re-releasing the mighty classic “None Shall Defy” by
provincial mates Infernal Majesty (at the time of this interview it was just
about to be released -Dale)!??.
Some bands that
influenced Rotting in the early days were Carcass, Slayer, Autopsy, Deicide,
and many others. Personally, I am into almost everything. Some of the
bands I’m totally into
now are Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under, Tragically Hip (ugh -Dale), Weezer (Say
it ain’t so! -Dale), Pyrexia and Christ Inversion. Yeah, that’s real cool
about Infernal Majesty’s “None Shall Defy” being re-released. They were a
huge influence on Keith, our drummer.
You mentioned to me in
your letter, that you were in the process of recording 11 songs to be
released as a full-length entitled “The Unholiest Of All Penetrations” (See
update plans changed-Dale). Since you mentioned no label I presume maybe
you’ll go the route of say Cryptopsy and get a Euro. label to release it
over there and do the North American distribution yourselves? Also, what
can people who heard the demo stuff expect from the album!??.
We’re talking with a few
labels about licensing deals. Other then that, I can’t really say much
about that. Anyone who hears the demo (material) can expect something way
different. Off the(D.I.R.F.) demo we re-recorded the songs, “Voices” and
“In Vain” for the album.
I know you hate
christianity and consider them sheep. Care to expand on that, and share
As far as I am
concerned, any form of god-doers have no place in society. Anyone that
calls themselves a christian is a fuckin’ liar! Anyways, christians are
hypocrites with no minds. I spit on their book, their cross, their church,
and on them! Nothing, but extreme hate, to god-doers. Jesus was a retard!
Thanks, Kory! How about
listing merchandise and some last words for the C.A. readers and Rotting
We have “Drown In
Rotting Flesh” T-Shirts for $12 dollars. Soon to be out will be “I’m A Born
Against Christian” shirt (Not really sure if they ever made this shirt write
for details -Dale). Support the underground, and cast out christ! Thanks.
Rotting, c/o Kory, 58
Roxborough Rd., Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 3K9, CANADA
email = email@example.com
To bring things up
to snuff here is what Kory relayed to me over the phone yesterday. Rotting
shortly after the recording of the album split up for a few months and now
have reformed with the following line-up: Kory Arnold (Vocals), Rob McAulay
(Lead guitar), Rick Van Wissen (Rythmn guitar), Jeff White (Bass guitar) and
Keith Devry (Drums). They are rehearsing and get shit back together, and
plan to play shows at the start of the new year. By Feb. 1998, they will
release a demo, which will be the aborted full-length CD on tape and can be
ordered from Kory for 4 US everywhere. Said demo will not have the aborted
album title. It will be entitled “Nothing But Attitude”, and feature the
following songs: “In Vain”, “Sexually Tortured”, “Laid To Rest”, “Unholy
Penetration”, “Soul Burn”, “Let Them Bleed”, “Christian Castration”,
“Blood”, “Guts”, and “Evil I”. Then they will prepare their new material
for a release probably late spring or early summer - maybe in the form of a
debut or another demo tape (we will see). Kory tells me everyone is
dedicated to doing shit right and the new stuff is not a huge departure of
brutal death metal style on the “Drowning In Rotting Flesh” Demo 1995. So,
write and/or email them and check their website.
*** Update - I
assume this band is now RIP (I talked to Korey around 2000 or so I think it
was and he was trying to keep Rotting going at that point), I did get to see
them live at the Milwaukee Metalfest in I think 1998 or maybe it was '99 and
they put on a killer show and managed to get some women to show their tits
for some free merch...