The new Las Vegas, Nevada-based death metal band Semi-Rotted—Jeremy Spencer (vocals), Shawn McGhee (guitar), Alessandro “AP” Paveri (bass) and Steve Carey (drums)—has dropped its independent debut EP “Deader Than Dead” and shared the song “Torture Congregation” featuring Will Ramos of Lorna Shore.
Get the EP here.
“I kept hearing Lorna Shore on Liquid Metal and on playlists,” Spencer said. “Will does really unique things with his voice. It’s amazing. When they were in Las Vegas, I went to the show, and I was blown away. We reached out, and Will sent back his vocal in like two days. He’s at the top of genre. It’s a killer collaboration.”
Spencer first embraced the genre back in high school. He graduated from Slayer to the likes of Death and Obituary. After catching the latter on tour with Sacred Reich, he said, “I’d never seen anything like it, but it was fucking awesome.”
Of course, Spencer went on to showcase his prowess behind the kit on a series of platinum releases and sold-out arenas tours with Five Finger Death Punch, but he arrived full circle with extreme music in 2022.
At the top of the year, he embraced the genre wholeheartedly once more. He collected vinyl from the likes of Mortician, Cemetery Lust and many others. Every morning, he would blare death metal favorites as he drank coffee and poured over the lyrics. “I became a fan all over again,” he said. “I decided, ‘I’m going to do a record like this.'”
He joined forces with frequent collaborator and longtime cohort Shawn McGhee on guitar. Spencer also returned to his seat behind the kit and recorded the drums on the record. Meanwhile, Gemini Syndrome’s “AP” contributed bass. Together, they cut what would become “Deader Than Dead” in Las Vegas.
“Deader Than Dead” track listing: