Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keep On Rotting Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The core of the band was formed sometime around 2005 in a small town called Litoměřice in the Czech Republic. At our beginning we were trying to make a noise which hardly resembled death metal… or rather it was a mixture of trash metal, hard core, black metal, beer drinking, etc. We had been rehearsing for a couple of years before we started to appear at concerts and managed to record several demos with usage of the automatic drums. Only by luck did we find a drummer in 2010 and the band has been complete from then on. Ever since we finally got together with the drummer we’ve been focusing on rather modern form of death metal. In 2011 EP called The Beginning was released, which helped the band promote itself and make it more visible. And it wasn’t until the autumn 2013 when the full length album called Unforeseen Consequences was released.

2. So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do you they differ from each other?
In fact the sound on our both albums is similar, which is the result of recording and mastering in one studio but both albums keep and represent our own conception of death metal. But the new album Unforeseen Consequences was recorded more precisely and we spent a great deal of time finishing it. The sound of the new one is definitely sharper, cleaner and stricter in comparison to the first one and songs are more elaborated and compositionally matured. We wanted to do some experimental songs to spice the album up, hence we didn’t avoid guests or Czech language in a few songs. On the other hand, the songs on The Beginning are more rough and straightforward. We like the songs from the new album as well as from the old one and we mix it during our live shows.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
On the previous album we used poems by Charles Baudelaire and E.A. Poe. For the new one we wrote our own lyrics (except Lethe which was written by Ch.Baudelaire as well). There is a huge range of topics. From problems of modern life such as loss of meaning of life, technological progress which we are actually overwhelmed with and trapped in, to some personal interpretation of the world and reality, stories about unforeseen consequences of every single action we take or for instance a story about a towel which never dries.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Keep On Rotting'?
The origin of our name lies in the song by Carcass of course. The lyrics are very close to our beliefs and its reference is still noticeable in some of our themes.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
It‘s a tricky question and I’m really not able to think of the best ones. There have been plenty of events worth mentioning but some of our favorites are mainly Czech great open-air festivals like Brutal Assault, Czech Death Fest, Death Coffee Party, and among indoor club gigs are definitely concerts with Diphteria and many more which I just can’t think of right now. Everything for sure depends on the atmosphere, guys and on the sound. We really enjoy the parties where we go expecting nothing and then it turns out to be a great fun.
We never prepare any special stage performances. We wanna be natural, you know – the music must spread through your body and everything else comes as such.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Oh yes! We are going on a one-week-tour with our friends Beast Within The Sound in February 2015. We have never been on tour before, so we are quite excited. We‘re gonna turn up in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. Beside this trip we are trying to work out another tour but when and with who is still in the air.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of technical death metal?
So far so good, unfortunately we haven’t received much of it, though. So if someone wants to leave a comment or make a review, just feel free to do so.
And honestly we actually don’t think our music is technically good enough to be categorized as technical death metal. I find Necrophagist, Beyond Creation, Gorod, Arch Spire proper technical-death-metal bands. Moreover we sometimes apply different methods which don’t belong into this category. As a result the music is touched with variety of other metal styles.

8. Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
These days just Tom, our singer, has another band called DPK. The other members fully concentrate on Keep on Rotting project.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’re intensively working on some new stuff, because we want to make a record in the future. Our intention is to combine the style of previous albums, which means mixing the straightforwardness of The Beginning and elaboration of Unforeseen Consequences.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Not only have many metal and rock bands had an enormous influence on our music, but classical and experimental music too. The bands I shouldn‘t miss out are Anata, Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation, Son of Aurelius, The Faceless, The Sikth, Textures, Necrophagist, Gorod and many many more current and former bands.
It’s quite difficult to say what exactly we‘re listening to these days because of a large amount of music and styles… we really enjoy progressive death metal, djent, grind core as well as classical and experimental music.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, some of us like hiking, some of us because of being students are supposed to like studying, doing sports, reading, but all of us are into going out on alcoholic spree.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Go to concerts and support music!

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