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Interview – Keijo Niinimaa of Rotten Sound


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!

Interview – Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer


Hey Blake, first off thanks for taking the time for this. How have you been doing? For those unaware as well let the people know what you do in Pig Destroyer.

PxD : I’m Blake, I do noise/ samples and some other stuff in Pig Destroyer 

With the last album “Book Burner” having come out in 2012, does it still shock you at all thinking of the high praise that album is held to still to this day?

PxD : Is it held to high praise? Ha! No, we’re all very appreciative of any accolades that we get. I mean, we write what makes us happy and kinda just do it for us. That being said, no one wants to record an album and have everyone think it sucks.

Can we expect any new music from Pig Destroyer in 2017?

PxD : Hopefully, we’re writing currently, and have some songs written, but it’s not done yet.

Are you still shocked to be in the music scene all these years later?

PxD : Yes and no, I love doing this and playing this music, and it’s certainly not our “career”. If it was our career, I think we’d have been done awhile ago. Who knows, we never set out to do anything but what we do, so it’s a little surprising 

Between using various samples, guests, and just making some fast grind music, what is the process of making a Pig Destroyer album?

PxD : Wow, this is a tough one, Scott demos stuff and we go from there. We usually discuss what direction we want to go in, and as far as what I do, there’s some trial and error.

Being a band that doesn’t do full tours either, usually resorting to short week or weekend runs. What can expect tour wise from the band in 2017?

PxD : Well, we have some stuff lined up, Chicago Open Air, Decibel Metal and Beer fest and Roskilde in Denmark, after the record is done, who knows.

With Pig Destroyer being looked at as some of the pioneers of grind, what are some modern bands that you feel are carrying the torch and pushing the genre forward?

PxD : Wvrm from South Carolina, Gendo Imari from the U.K., Call Of The Void, Vermin Womb, I’m really digging Eel from Pittsburgh too.

Can we expect anything new with Hatebeak in 2017? New album or possible shows?

PxD : Shows? Ha, no way. Hatebeak has a split in the can with Richard Christy from the Howard Stern show/Death. We’re loooking for a label to put that out (hint hint) and our last LP is still available at www.reptilianrecords.com

Anything you’d like to say before we end our chat?

PxD : Just thanks for all the support over the years, we love doing this and appreciate that people like it.

Just want to thank you again for taking the time to chat and wish you the best of luck with everything in 2017.

PxD : Awesome! Thanks for the interview!