Dutch death metallers ROTTEN — who feature in their ranks members of RADICAL NERVE DISTORTION, REBORN and HACKSAW — are about to enter the studio to record "a totally brutal and deadly version of GAMMA RAY's 'Leaving Hell' for an upcoming tribute album to HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY." The CD, entitled "HelloRay - A Tribute To Helloween & Gamma Ray", is tentatively due in early 2010 via Epicus Records.
According to a press release, this is a project made by bands who are fans and has been inspired by the music of these two great pioneers of melodic power metal. It will contain songs that were originally written and recorded between 1985 and 2007.
The tentative track listing is as follows:
01. Warrior (HELLOWEEN) - GAIA EPICUS
02. Where The Rain Grows (HELLOWEEN) - ARMORY
03. Sole Survivor (HELLOWEEN) - SIGNUM REGIS
04. Ain't Got Nothin' Better (HELLOWEEN) - KICKHUNTER
05. A Tale That Wasn't Right (HELLOWEEN) - DRACHEN
06. Just A Little Sign (HELLOWEEN) - RAMPART
07. Mr. Torture (HELLOWEEN) - AILLION
08. The Spirit (GAMMA RAY) - PARALLAX
09. (We Won't) Stop The War (GAMMA RAY) - TREASURE LAND
10. Heaven Or Hell (GAMMA RAY) - BURN UNIVERSE
11. Tribute To The Past (GAMMA RAY) - GUARDIANS OF MANKIND
12. Lust For Life (GAMMA RAY) - MIDAS FATE
13. Anywhere In The Galaxy (GAMMA RAY) - OPERA MAGNA
14. Leaving Hell (GAMMA RAY) - ROTTEN
15. Last Before The Storm (GAMMA RAY) - SONEM
16. Land Of The Free (GAMMA RAY) - DEIMOS
ROTTEN recently finished recording its debut album, "Quality Killings", for an early 2010 release. The CD, which will be mastered by Dan Swanö (HAIL OF BULLETS, BLOODBATH, DEMIURG), will feature the following track listing (not final):
02. Slaughtered at the Station
03. Butchering of a Body
04. Razorblade Mutilation
05. Choked on Vomit
06. The Shovel-Slayer
07. Dead's War
08. Splatter Patterns
Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.
ROTTEN can be heard on the "One Foot in Fire (Tribute to Cirith Ungol)" and "The Riddle Masters (Tribute to Manilla Road)" compilations, both on Solemnity Records, as well on "Blown to Pieces 4" (FearSome Records).