Renowned '80s thrash band ROTTING CORPSE, whose original lineup included current SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman John Perez, will finally record and release an album, according to guitarist Walter Trachsler (former DEATH touring guitarist/roadie). "Many well-known guest musicians have expressed interest in playing on and playing with Texas' first thrash metal band," says Walter. "CORPSE will than hit the road this year, destroying the world old-school style."
In a 2002 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Perez talked about ROTTING CORPSE's formation and the possibility of the band reuniting to record an album at some point in the future.
"I've always been into extreme metal since 1980! I remember buying the first VENOM album, WITCHFYNDE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, MOTÖRHEAD, HOLOCAUST etc.. all when they came out!" Perez said. "That's how old I am (38 in 2004). So, naturally I started getting into the very early death metal scene with bands like SLAYER, BATHORY, HELLHAMMER, VENOM. I wanted to form a band much in the vein of CELTIC FROST as I really loved the combination of super heavy SABBATH riffs mixed with evil thrashing death speed! ROTTING CORPSE was formed for this reason. However, I didn't do much of the song writing at the time and most of the music came out sounding like early EXODUS or METALLICA — which was OK with me as both those bands were some of the greatest at the time. The scene back then was exciting and fresh! ROTTING CORPSE was one of the first thrash bands from our area as we formed in late 1985 and underground metal was still very much underground (in fact no-one around here even knew who SLAYER even was!). After a few years of that, I realized that my true calling in the metal world was to write heavier, slower music with more melody. Something that stood the test of time. So, SOLITUDE [AETURNUS] was born."
Asked if he could you ever think of reforming ROTTING CORPSE or is the relationship between other guys kinda inflamed so badly that you couldn't even communicate to each other anymore, Perez said, "Nah — I still see a few of the guys. Dave Gryder, the drummer, is still around doing a progressive hard rock band, Mo Queen [a.k.a. vocalist Jim Mulqueen] [was] a roadie for PANTERA, Walt runs a bus company."