A couple weeks ago, I received an email from Rottenness guitarist and lone original/founding member, Jaleel “Jay Garbage” Castillo. I’ve known Castillo for almost a decade now and every once in a while he drops me a line informing me of everything he’s up to and it never ceases to amaze me how his life doesn’t seem to have a parking brake. It also never ceases to amaze me how much I miss of what the brutal death/grind project he’s masterminded since 1998 has been up to. Also, I’m always amazed that he used to be Ricky Martin’s assistant tour manager.
“Rottenness has been active as always,” he wrote, half gloating for being an unstoppable busy bee and half chastising me for not knowing all this shit in the first place. “We did a European tour in 2017 which finished at the mighty Obscene Extreme Festival and released a split CD with Dead Root (Australia) through Obscene Records. After we got home, the band worked on another split CD with Sacrificial Slaughter and Coathanger Abortion and did an US tour throughout October 2018 with Antigama (Poland), AK 47 (Indonesia) and Cognizant.”
What Jaleel didn’t mention was that the two split releases not only featured new songs but storming, death-infused covers of Blood Duster’s “Drink, Fight, Fuck,” The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and C.O.C.’s “Vote With a Bullet,” and that they’re available on the band’s Bandcamp to check out and purchase.
Now, Trump’s worst nightmare – Rottenness’ lineup is part-American, part-Mexican and peacefully co-exists as such with a non-existent crime rate – has its third full-length album in the wings for 2019 via Horror Pain Gore Productions and have made a couple of sneak peeks (“End Decision” and a cover of Sepultura’s “Biotech is Godzilla”) available for y’all this morning.