Hey Keijo, how have you been doing? For those who don’t know, what is your role in Rotten Sound.
RS : I’m the vocalist, doing great and just returning from US tour.
Rotten Sound has been around since 1993. How did it all come to happen? Did you expect that 20+ years later you’d still be going at it?
RS : We didn’t plan anything, just played and recorded grind. Playing this long and around the world is indeed unexpected.
Your last album “Abuse To Suffer” came out last year off of Season Of Mist, since it’s release how do feel about it? What has the reaction been from fans both for the record and when performed live? Where would you rank it as well in Rotten Sound’s discography.
RS : We think it’s a good album. More ferocious again with some new elements. Reactions have been very good, on and off stage. I think it’s one of stronger albums among Exit and Murderworks but we do think that all releases since MW are presenting us pretty well.
Are you writing new material right now or have plans on recording and releasing new music in 2017?
RS : No plans right now. Some splits at most, now it’s time to tour more.
You just wrapped up doing the first half of a tour with Darkest Hour / Ringworm / Rivers Of Nihil and yourself. That’s quite the mixture of bands, how did that go? Was it a diverse crowd each night?
RS : Diversity was there, but people usually showed up for us and Ringworm and stayed until the end. Good tour altogether.
Having such a long history with releases, how was the writing and recording process for the last album. Has it gotten easier to do it all over the years and what has changed from the start as well?
RS : More DIY again, drummer Sami produced it and everyone recorded their own parts at home except for drums which were recorded in Sound Supreme studios. Sami did obviously reamp guitars too.
Being a grindcore band at heart, overtime the band has shown progression with dips into other subgenres of metal. Was that a natural progression or was there always the idea of wanting to branch out and try something new?
RS : We don’t really plan the new elements. They just show up in the songs.
Being a grindcore band that can headline, what would you say the perfect ideal headline set time for a grindcore band should be?
RS : 45-55min is the max. I guess 60-75 could be done too with more slower songs, but e.g. The us tour 30min felt really good for a change after few headlining runs.
From starting in 93 to still going hard in 2017, what would be some challenges that you’ve seen along the way? What were some that are still present to this day and others that may have went away when times were changing? Let other fans or musicians who otherwise may not know too much about life behind the scenes know what bands sometimes may have to struggle with.
RS : We have always taken it easy and did stuff when we felt like doing it. Every lineup change have been difficult, but we have overcome them and I feel that current one is the best so far with 7 years of same people in RS.
What would you say the future for Rotten Sound looks like?
RS : More tours and grind. No gimmicks really, this feels great.
Anything else you’d like to add or say?
RS : Keep on blasting!
Just want to thank you for taking the time to chat and I wish you the best in 2017.
RS : No worries, thanks!