Photos: Rotten Sound, Die Choking, Bandit in Philly
Enjoy a fresh batch of photos of Finnish grindcore legends, Rotten Sound as they ripped through Philly’s Boot & Saddle venue with area crushers Die Choking and Bandit recently.
Rotten Sound‘s latest album Abuse to Suffer, released in March via Season of Mist, remains true to the band’s resilient roots, while not falling into the traps of chewing endlessly on an old formula gone stale or not daring to add an element of surprise when fitting the style. What sets Rotten Sound apart from other protagonists in the field is an obvious intelligence that shows in their to-the-point songwriting, arrangements, and subtle inclusion of choice death metal elements in their massive sound. Rotten Sound were conceived in the city of Vaasa, Finland by guitarist Mika Aalto in 1993, who was soon joined by vocalist Keijo Niinimaa. This duo remains in place as the only original members – yet drummer Sami Latva and Kristian Toivainen on bass have meanwhile been steady members for many years as well. The Finns can proudly look back at an impressive catalogue of six highly acclaimed studio albums, seven EPs, split singles, and more.
The bill was rounded out by two of the area’s most promising aggressive acts seeing the absolutely unhinged trio, Bandit set the show off with a furious performance. Members flailed across the stage and audience with near reckless abandon while somehow managing to hold together a tight musical foundation of short, blistering powerviolence cuts. Philly grindmasters Die Choking wasted no time cutting into a blazing set as the band continues to support debut LP, III, released last year via The Compound Records in the US and Selfmadegod Records in Europe. The album has been hailed across the board by Noisey, Cvltnation, Metalinjection, and more as one of the best grindcore albums in recent memory. Die Choking recently announced an ongoing wave of live festival appearances and tours for 2016 including a stop Full Terror Assualt open air festival in Illinois August 25-27 where the band will link back up with Rotten Sound, Lock Up, and slew of genre mainstays.
All photos by BTS’s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)