Interview with Earth Rot

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Australian death metal band Earth Rot have produced one of the most exciting and jaw-droppingly impressive EPs in recent memory. Chthonian Virtues is its name, and merry destruction is its game. Jared Bridgeman, he of the inhuman lungs, told me a bit more about this energetic band…

Introduce us to Earth Rot!

We’re a 4 piece black/death band from Perth, Australia. We have 3 releases to date: Chthonian Virtues, Follow The Black Smoke and Dirt. Listen here and figure out for yourself what we’re about: http://www.earthrot.com.au

Where did the band name come from?

In short, Bloodbath’s The Fathomless Mastery. An amazing song and a concept that we thought reflected the sounds we were creating.

What are your influences?

A lot of different stuff but as far as metal goes; Blood Red Throne, Dark Funeral, Bolt Thrower, Aborted, Naglfar, Taake, Dimmu Borgir, Anaal Nathrakh, Septic Flesh.

Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Stellar
Batushka – Litourgiya
Aborted – Retrogore
Hate Eternal – Infernus
Dark Funeral – Nail Them to the Cross

Tell us about your latest release

Chthonian Virtues was originally a single that we planned to write/release with our new lineup/new members. Something to give us the opportunity to write together and see what came from it then hit the road and tour. One song turned into two which turned quickly into five and that’s the EP!

How did you choose the cover artwork?

This art was actually created months earlier for use as a t-shirt design and became our EP.

Earth Rot Band

What’s the process you use for writing songs?

It is completely different every time. Some songs are written by one member, some by all. We don’t really have a set method and I hope we keep it that way so we can keep the material fresh.

It’s a Hellishly rocking slab of gloriously ugly death metal, in my humble opinion. How does it feel to get on stage to recreate these songs live?

It’s a hell of a lot of fun hearing it all come together and feeling it rip through a venue. Again, best way to experience what we’re about live is to come to a show and see for yourself!

I can hear the spirit of Entombed’s Wolverine Blues in Chthonian Virtues. Discuss.

I honestly had never heard any Entombed material up until about a year ago. With the classic Swedish HM-2 guitar tone, people often draw parallels between us and Entombed which we’ve come to expect however, I think a lot of our riff style and the rock’n’roll vibe that draws parallels to Wolverine Blues comes more from the likes of Kvelertak, Taake and Shining.

What’s your favourite song on the EP and why?

I think the title track for me as it was really the first song we wrote together as a unit with the new members. Contribution from everyone, some other songs are written by one or two members but this was really all of us working together.

What are the next steps for Earth Rot?

We’ve just received back masters of our new album which has been mixed by Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios. We’ll complete artwork for this and find the right label to release through and hopefully be touring Australia and Asia for the new release by the end of the year!

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